Daily Archives: November 26, 2013

  • Photo story: turning waste into money, while protecting nature

    The EU Neighbourhood Info Centre has released a photo story –“Turning waste into money “ highlighting the achievements of a cross-border cooperation project in Jordan.

    The 1.32-minute video talks about the challenge of minimising the environmental impact of olive oil mill wastewater in the Mediterranean region – the biggest world’s olive oil producer.

    The Mediterranean accounts for 97% of olive oil production, that is a well known fact! What is less well-known is that for the estimated two million tons of olive oil produced annually, some nine million tons of waste is generated. Given the potential environmental harm that this can cause, scientists across the region are putting their minds together to discover the perfect method of minimising the environmental impact of olive oil mill wastewater, generating bio-products for commercial use in the process.

    To find an answer, the MEDOLICO Project – funded by the EU through its Mediterranean Cross Border Cooperation programme – convinced the Jordan University of Science and Technology to act as a testing ground.

    The photo story is based on a feature article published by the Info Centre.

    It was put together using photos taken for the Info Centre, illustrating the activities of the project, with music and background information. The photos are also available in a special Photo gallery on the EU Neighbourhood Info Centre website.

    Source enpi-info

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  • Deoleo, the world’s biggest olive oil bottler, has spoken about its “radical transformation”

    After several years of self-admitted semi-silence, Deoleo, the world’s biggest olive oil bottler, has spoken about its “radical transformation” and imminent launch of products marking a new paradigm of innovation.

    A stronger pitch for the health segment is promised and could see the new items in the Carbonell portfolio – going on sale in January – feature an olive oil mixed with an omega 3 oil and a special oil blend for children.

    The Madrid-based giant has undergone major changes including a big downsizing of staff and factories, a move to just-in-time inventories – not without trauma for producers – and a brutal price battle with the thriving store brands.

    The new Deoleo: not an olive oil company, a consumer goods one

    The leaner, more efficient and less debt-saddled Deoleo is moving from an era of restructuring to one of innovation, chief executive Jaime Carbó said at the presentation of the company’s third quarter results and overview of its strategic plan at the Madrid stock exchange on November 8.
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  • A new European Union program “Horizon 2020” currently on its way

    Extra virgin olive oil producers and other related SMEs have help implementing a wide set of activities and products thanks to a new European Union program “Horizon 2020” currently on its way through various legislative approvals reports OliveOilTimes.

    The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation

    Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe’s global competitiveness. Running from 2014 to 2020 with a budget of just over €70 billion1, the EU’s new programme for research and innovation is part of the drive to create new growth and jobs in Europe.

    Horizon 2020 provides major simplification through a single set of rules. It will combine all research and innovation funding currently provided through the Framework Programmes for Research and Technical Development, the innovation related activities of the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT).

    The proposed support for research and innovation under Horizon 2020 will:
    Strengthen the EU’s position in science with a dedicated budget of € 24 341 million1. This will provide a boost to top-level research in Europe, including the very successful European Research Council (ERC).
    Strengthen industrial leadership in innovation € 17 015 million1. This includes major investment in key technologies, greater access to capital and support for SMEs.
    Provide € 30 956 million1 to help address major concerns shared by all Europeans such as climate change, developing sustainable transport and mobility, making renewable energy more affordable, ensuring food safety and security, or coping with the challenge of an ageing population.
    Horizon 2020 will tackle societal challenges by helping to bridge the gap between research and the market by, for example, helping innovative enterprise to develop their technological breakthroughs into viable products with real commercial potential. This market-driven approach will include creating partnerships with the private sector and Member States to bring together the resources needed.

    International cooperation will be an important cross-cutting priority of Horizon 2020. In addition to Horizon 2020 being fully open to international participation, targeted actions with key partner countries and regions will focus on the EU’s strategic priorities. Through a new strategy, a strategic and coherent approach to international cooperation will be ensured across Horizon 2020.

    Horizon 2020 will be complemented by further measures to complete and further develop the European Research Area by 2014. These measures will aim at breaking down barriers to create a genuine single market for knowledge, research and innovation.

    Sources: EC Europa, eurostars eureca

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