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Ambitious waste policies could generate substantial benefits

New European Union (EU) waste policy has the potential for huge impacts on Europe’s unemployment rates, says a report from the European Environmental Bureau. The report – ‘Advancing Resource Efficiency in Europe’ – reveals the possibility of creating 750,000 new jobs by 2025, and 860,000 by 2030, should the EU adopt new waste policies as part of its impending Waste Targets Review.


Green tech development an economic ‘no brainer’ for EU

The EU must unleash the ‘full potential’ of Europe’s green technology entrepreneurs, by doing more to help turn their ideas into successful businesses.

Developing sustainable energy solutions brings great long-term benefits for Europe. Not only does it have positive implications for tackling climate change and safeguarding Europe’s energy future, but it is also a smart move for the economy.

However, to unleash the full potential of sustainable energy solutions, we need to do more to help green technology entrepreneurs turn their most innovative ideas into successful ventures which will drive growth and jobs across the continent.


The Paris Conference, Open Data and Open Gov

A powerful wave of innovation is sweeping across modern democracies, at the crossroads of many profound and lasting shifts stemming from the massive diffusion of access to Internet which now empowers billions of citizens worldwide to engage, to learn and to connect.


These emerging aspirations and social trends of our global age call for new modes of citizenship in this rising new order: open government, extensive public consultations, collaborative and collective action.


EU development policies must be 'strongly geared' to disaster

In today's world there are an unsettling number of people who are highly exposed to the threat of crises, whether it is an economic crisis, conflict or natural disaster. One of the key challenges for many individuals and communities in fragile or crisis-prone states is the ability to manage a crisis or disaster resiliently and emerge from it successfully. The EU's development policies need to be strongly geared towards developing more resilient societies that are better able to withstand the shocks that a crisis or natural disaster produces. The impact of disasters represents major economic losses for governments and populations as well as an enormous loss of life. However, investing in disaster risk reduction (DRR) and resilience will pay huge dividends in the future. The Asian development bank estimates that one dollar invested in disaster risk reduction in a crisis-prone area saves at least four dollars in relief and rehabilitation costs in the future. China has demonstrated its great progress on disaster risk reduction strategies in the past. When China spent €2.3bn between 1960 and 2000 on reducing the impact of floods, it averted losses estimated at around €9bn.


Big data and open data can transform the world, but when government turns big data into open data it's especially powerful


Big data and the new phenomenon open data are closely related but they're not the same. Open data brings a perspective that can make big data more useful, more democratic, and less threatening.


While big data is defined by size, open data is defined by its use. Big data is the term used to describe very large, complex, rapidly-changing datasets. But those judgments are subjective and dependent on technology: today's big data may not seem so big in a few years when data analysis and computing technology improve.