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Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Bioeconomy, Horizon 2020 And The Holy Grail Of Market Access



Source: European Commission
“How do we scale up, enter the market and become a big hit?” is the big question all innovation faces.  Niche industries, such as biotech, are looking for the funding to kick-start commercial scale production.  Could Horizon 2020 be the answer to their prayers?

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Five More Green Spaces in Brussels

Parc de Woluwe
Source: Wikimedia Commons
The sun is shining in Brussels, so it’s a good opportunity to present a follow-up to our Five Green Spaces in Brussels blog post from last year.

Friday, 20 June 2014

5 Sustainable Food Apps

Apps to pick apples by
 It’s getting ever easier to check just how sustainably we’re eating day-to-day.  With so many online tools promising to help make our diets more ethical, we thought we’d list five of the best.

Friday, 6 June 2014

My First Month In Brussels

Grand Place at night
It’s hard to believe that it was over a month ago that I arrived in Brussels and started working at Sustainability Consult.  My placement is part of the EU’s Leonardo Mobility Programme, administered by Change Agents UK.  The last month has been both busy and educational, as I have taken up the position of Personal Assistant and Community Manager.

Thursday, 5 June 2014

How Does Climate Change Affect Jobs?


Traditionally, trade unions have not been the biggest climate policy supporters and climate change impacts on the labour market are not always obvious.  However, global warming affects poor people in both urban and rural areas disproportionately, increasing inequality.  This is just one finding from the European Trade Union Institute’s (ETUI) new report ‘Climate Change: Implications For Employment’, created with the European Climate Foundation (ECF). 

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

This Is Big: US To Cut Carbon From Coal Plants. Uptake In Nuclear Likely

Source: Wikimedia
In what it calls a “commonsense plan”, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the US has proposed legislation to reduce carbon from existing coal-fired power plants.  Driven by President Obama, the Clean Power Plan, part of the June 2013 Climate Action Plan, may be the single most significant climate policy proposal to come out of the United States government to date.  

Monday, 2 June 2014

7 Steps To Make Your Presentation More Engaging

Image by Frits Ahlefeldt-Laurvig - hikingartist.com
A successful presentation demands that people sit up and take notice.  Yet, when was the last time you found yourself drifting off during a monotonous slideshow?  It’s probably not that long ago.

It never fails to amaze me how often smart people continue to make the same mistakes and give bad presentations.  These seven steps will save that big presentation from becoming naptime for the audience.