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Newsletter June 2012   
Eco-innovation call for proposals

7 Eco-innovation grants for the Netherlands

The Netherlands has been very successful in the European Eco-Innovation program 2011. 7 out of 45 approved project proposals came from Dutch companies. This places the Netherlands in the top 3 of most successful European applicants. Total budget for the call was 38 million euro; on average almost 850.000 euro per project.

Partners for Innovation supported Black Bear Carbon with the submission of their project proposal. In earlier calls we successfully supported Desso and Van Maren Systems in submitting a proposal.

Call 2012 offers new opportunities
Deadline: 6 September 2012
More info: CIP Eco-innovation 2012
Questions? Contact: Peter Karsch or Peter Vissers

Black Bear Carbon

Black Bear Carbon successful with car tyre recycling

In March 2012, the  European Agency for Competition and Innovation (EACI) selected a Black Bear Carbon project for financing from the Eco-innovation program 2011. The grant is awarded for a three year project to produce high quality carbon black from used car tyres. Aim of the project is to test the technical and financial feasibility of a pre-commercial plant. Project partners are BlackBear Carbon and GoodYear. Partners for Innovation will support the project with environmental impact analysis, developing exploitation plans and part of the project management.

Read more about carbon black in Kunststof Magazine (Dutch)
More info: Peter Vissers or Saskia de Lint.
Photo: Black Bear Carbon BV

GBEP pilot Ghana

Sustainable bio-energy in Ghana

Partners for Innovation was commissioned by NL Agency to provide the Ghanaian government technical assistance with the execution of a pilot project to test the Global Bio-Energy Partnership (GBEP) sustainability indicators. In May, three Ghanaian research institutes were selected to collect data and to assess the availability, quality and usability of this data for the GBEP indicators. Partners for Innovation will organise workshops with relevant ministries to discuss how the GEBP sustainability indicators can be used for developing sustainable bio-energy policies.

Read more about the GBEP pilot
Questions? Contact Emiel Hanekamp or Saskia de Lint

Saskia de Lint

Saskia de Lint guest lecturer sustainability of biofuels at VU University Amsterdam

On Monday 11th June Saskia de Lint, consultant at Partners for Innovation, gave a guest lecture to some 55 students of the bachelor programme Science, Business & Innovation at VU University Amsterdam. The lecture is part of the students' innovation project on alternative road transport fuels.

Saskia focussed her lecture on:
  • LCA and GHG balance
  • Sustainability requirements in laws and regulations
  • Application of GHG calculators.
Read more about the lecture
More info: Saskia de Lint

The biobased and circular economy, sustainable and profitable!
Biobased and circular economy
Inspired by cradle to cradle, more and more companies and governments create profitable solutions for a biobased and circular economy. Both concepts are very suitable to transform sustainability ambitions into concrete and profitable projects.


The ‘biobased economy’ uses resources from the living planet – biomass. Crops and waste streams from the agriculture sector and food industry are used as ‘green resources’ for the production of materials, chemicals, energy and fuels. The biobased economy offers economic opportunities and enhances energy security and reduction of greenhouse gasses.

The ‘circular economy’ emphasises large-scale recycling and reuse of non-biological resources and materials. With the collection of products at the end of their life cycle and separation of the materials, these materials can be used again for new products. The circular economy requires: innovative designs and production methods, new organisation systems like return logistics and new business models. Need fulfilment and services will become more important than ownership of products.

More info: Siem Haffmans, Saskia de Lint & Ingeborg Gort-Duurkoop.

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