ENERFUND project aims to enhance investments in refurbishment of buildings across Europe by developing a tool that rates and scores deep renovation opportunities. The tool is based on a set of parameters such as Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs), number of certified installers, governmental schemes running, quality of heating systems, etc. Find our more about buildings' energy efficiency in the 11 countries already mapped in the tool here https://app.enerfund.eu/
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Useful for policymakers and researchers wishing to map flows of new and used textile flows as a first step in developing textile circularity policy.
Overview of new and used textiles in three Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland and Sweden) and first proposals for policy measures to reduce textile waste and increase circularity.
Three reports in the TemaNord series showcase Nordic experiences in promoting SCP. Jointly the 50+ examples display a wide array of opportunities and actors that can deliver required change – including public and private sector actors, representatives from the research community, NGOs and city planners, as well as numerous other champions of change.
The three reports can be found individually at the links at the bottom of this page, or at: http://norden.diva-portal.org/smash/record.jsf?pid=diva2%3A1177169&dswid=-3241
A summary of all three reports can be found here: http://norden.diva-portal.org/smash/get/diva2:1177169/ATTACHMENT01.pdf
The «Miniguide til DGNB for byområder« is a comprehensive yet simple and practical guidance for all actors engaged in city area development. It embeds a holistic approach and centers around the three focus areas of sustainable development: economical, environmental and social. Danish industry supports it, and it is a fruitful example of advancing and promoting sustainability, catering to the full range of participants in area development. Apart from guidance, it is also a certification system.
The Danish government presented an Organic Action Plan in January 2015. The main ambition was to double the organically cultivated area by 2020 from the 2007 level. The plan aimed for the public sector to lead the way by transitioning to organic production on publicly owned land and by supporting public sector kitchens to go organic. Denmark has achieved rapid growth in the production of organic produce and is globally in a leading position. Approximately 10% of consumption was organic in 2016.
Insects are internationally recognised as a sustainable option for protein-rich food. Private sector interest and start-up companies specialised in insects have emerged lately in the Nordic. In Denmark, the Danish Technological Institute (DTI) has led active product development since 2013. While addressing the theme holistically, DTI’s focus has been on technological development, insect rearing practices, interaction with government offices, and raising consumer and media awareness.
The Soul of Nørrebro is an integrated urban design and climate adaptation project for Hans Tavsens Park and Korsgade in Nørrebro, Copenhagen. The project solves problems with extreme precipitation events (cloudbursts) and rainwater management, by collecting,diverting, and later cleansing rainwater by the city’s nature biotopes. The project builds on the area’s existing qualities and the unique local context, combining nature, local community and relevant cloudburst solutions to benefit the area.
The Nordic Swan Ecolabel is the official ecolabel of the Nordic countries. It was established in 1989 by the Nordic Council of Ministers. The purpose of this Ecolabel is to contribute to sustainable consumption and production, and the vision is “With the Nordic Ecolabel as a driving force make the Nordic countries a role model for a sustainable lifestyle”.
The Nordic Ecolabel is a voluntary, third party certified labeling scheme that evaluates a product's or service's impact on the environment throughout the whole product's life-cycle. The label guarantees among other things that climate requirements are taken into account, and that CO2 emissions are minimized.
By buying Nordic Swan Ecolabeled products and services consumers can contribute to a more sustainable environment. The label has been extremely successful and is very well known, with over 20 000 products labeled in total in the Nordic countries so far. 91 % of Nordic region consumers recognize the Nordic Swan Ecolabel.
The Organic Cuisine Label is a certification scheme for restaurants and catering businesses showing the percentage of organic produce used. The label was introduced in 2009 and is government controlled and free for the users. The label provides information to both customers and personnel and promotes the use of organic food. The label has three levels representing the proportion of organic ingredients used: bronze, silver and gold. In May 2016, almost 1700 professional kitchens use the label and the number has grown by more than 50 percent in both 2014 and 2015. Also, the market for organic food service has almost tripled since 2009 reaching ca 175 million EUR in 2014. The Organic Cuisine Label is managed and controlled by the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration and promoted in collaboration with Organic Denmark.
The campaign “Pregnant? Know your chemicals” is a national information campaign coordinated by the Danish Environmental Protection Agency. The objective is to give the public easy access to impartial information on chemicals to be avoided. The campaign provides advice to pregnant women and women planning a pregnancy, by providing easily accessible information about everyday chemicals. The purpose is not to scare women, but to offer information that enables active choices in respect to chemical exposure. The campaign is focused on seven key recommendations for daily life. The recommendations cover food, alcohol, tobacco, medicines and use of everyday chemicals i.e. paints, cleaning products and cosmetics. The information is provided through multiple channels and includes a brochure, Facebook page and other social media channels as well as a web page that presents more in-depth information on chemical exposure and on how to avoid the most harmful substances.
The Green Group in the Roskilde University Center (RUC) Tourism Network is a cluster of 15 tourism companies that are located within or nearby the national park Skjoldungernes Land in Sjælland, Denmark. The national park is located in and around Roskilde, some 30 kilometres from the capital Copenhagen. Skjoldungernes Land was designated a national park in February 2015 and is one of four national parks in Denmark. The Green Group was initiated in April 2015. Its member companies are committed to developing and promoting eco-, responsible and cultural tourism products in Skjoldungernes Land.
The leader of the Green Group, RUC Tourism Network, operates in the whole Sjælland area in Denmark, consists of over 150 members and aims to promote innovation and economic growth in tourism- and experience economy businesses with the help of research-based knowledge. RUC tourism network is financially supported by the Sjælland region and owned by the Roskilde University.
Green Solution House, a hotel and conference centre on Bornholm, Denmark takes sustainability to a new level. The building, landscape and operation show a holistic approach to sustainable design, emphasising regenerative solutions including healthy indoor climate, renewable energy sources, active materials and recyclability. All materials used in the building are either fully recyclable or biodegradable. Hence, the building design takes on the ambition to eliminate the concept of waste. The design and development of the conference centre are inspired by the principles of Cradle-to-Cradle, the vision of Active House and the standards of the recognised German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB). Green Solution House aims to inspire its visitors and facilitate understanding of sustainability issues. Green Solution House exchanges knowledge about sustainable solutions locally and globally, and works together with universities and other partners in order to benefit other projects.
The Biophilia Educational Project is a program developed in Iceland, which uses music and creativity to spark children's interest in sciences and nature. The program includes teaching apps, games, animations, music and academic essays on science and nature. Creativity is used as a teaching and research tool, where music, technology and natural sciences are linked together cross-sectorally in a new, innovative way.
The concept builds on dynamic collaboration of academics, scientists, artists, teachers and students at all academic levels. It creates a platform for dialogue and debate, which encourages both personal and social development, thereby contributing to a sustainable society where new approaches are actively explored.
The project was developed by Björk Guðmundsdóttir, the City of Reykjavík and the University of Iceland. It was launched as part of Iceland´s 2014 presidency in the Nordic Council of Ministers and is piloted in selected schools in the Nordic countries.
The Climate Embassy is a Danish interdisciplinary network of about 100 active young (aged 19-28) climate-interested volunteers, the climate ambassadors, who teach students and other stakeholders about climate issues and sustainability. The Climate Embassy concept is based on network communication and devoted, knowledgeable, young students acting as role models and dynamic communicators for children and young people. The Climate Embassy concept was launched in 2009.
After taking part in a free education workshop focusing on climate, communication and networking, the climate ambassadors can participate as communicators, youth mentors and facilitators in different teaching related projects of the Climate Embassy. The focus is on climate and sustainability. The method is solution oriented and based on activating young to young communication using relevant and new scientific knowledge, concrete examples, films and student interaction. The lessons and services are free for the schools.