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Scientific support to eco-industries
15 May 2012 — 15 May 2012
European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC)
The European Commission's in-house science service, the Joint Research Centre, is organising on 15 May a conference on "Scientific support for growth, jobs and sustainability: the example of the eco-industries". High level speakers from science and industry will discuss the main sectors concerned: water, air quality, waste, energy efficiency and renewable energy sources. EU Commissioner for research, innovation and science, Màire Geoghegan-Quinn, will take part in the opening session.
Eco-industries produce goods and services to measure, prevent, limit, minimise or correct environmental damage to water, air and soil as well as problems related to waste and eco-systems. They have a significant innovation and technological potential, which can create economic growth and jobs at local level. Already, eco-industries account for more than 3.4 million direct jobs in the EU and have a turnover of more than €300 billion (2.5% of the EU's GDP).
The main actors involved in eco-industries from the science and research, policy and business communities are invited to attend this conference to identify the key research and policy priorities, both for the eco-industries sector as a whole and the relevant sub-sectors.
The conference will take place in Brussels, in the Charlemagne building (Alcide di Gasperi auditorium) from 09:00h to 17:30h on 15 May. Agenda and registration (mandatory) are available online: www.jrc.ec.europa.eu/events/ecoindustry