The 19th Forum on Eco-innovation

Seoul, October 26th-28th 2015: Business opportunities in Eco-innovation.

After Hanoi 2013ecoinnovation pic the 19th edition of the Eco-innovation series comes back to Asia and will present inspiring Eco-innovative solutions, materials and products for the circular economy. It will be an opportunity for exchange between European and Asian businesses including SMEs. Read More…

Upcoming clean tech events in Southeast Asia

Pracsis is supporting upcoming clean tech events is Southeast Asia:


August 23rd 2015 in Kuala Lumpur: a unique opportunity to engage with over 300 businesses, politicians, policy makers and influencers from ASEAN and Europe with sector-specific sections on the finance, automobile and agri-food industries. The Summit will also be attended by the ASEAN Economic Ministers, allowing for a unique opportunity to get messages across to the key architects of future ASEAN economic and trade policy.

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The 6th International Greentech & Eco Products Exhibition & Conference Malaysia (IGEM) is promoting Green Technology and Eco-Products, from 9th – 12th September 2015 in Kuala Lumpur. The EU Pavilion would count at least 12 booths.

The theme for this year’s edition is ‘Powering the Green Technology’. Thus IGEM 2015 is again showcasing latest technological developments and market implementation from and for many European Green Tech companies and the ASEAN region.

Find more information at IGEM2015.


25th – 27th November 2015, Hanoi: selected 15 European companies will join the sector experts presentations, individual B2B meetings and a three-day business exhibition focus on these sectors: Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Water Management, Waste Management.

For more information, please get in touch with your PRACSIS Vietnam office or get in touch with EVBN.


18 June 2015, PRACSIS supported a special briefing in coordination with EuroCham Vietnam and the Green Growth Sector Committee.

Image for 18 June 2015, PRACSIS supported a special briefing in coordination with EuroCham Vietnam and the Green Growth Sector Committee.
 The event, opened by EuroCham Vietnam’s Chairwoman Nicola Connolly, focused on the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement and its potential impact on developing the green growth market in Vietnam. 50 Representatives from affiliated industries, entities and press followed the lunch event  with speakers from the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee, the Delegation of the European Union to Vietnam, EuroCham’s Green Growth Committee, and Schneider Electric Vietnam.

Ms Jana Herceg, Deputy Head, Economics & Trade Section of the Delegation of the European Union to Vietnam, emphasised the commitment from the European Union to supporting sustainable energy in Vietnam and the current stage of FTA negotiations in addition to the importance of the green growth, environmental, and green technology sectors to the ongoing negotiations.
The potential positive impact for Vietnam of the FTA was highlighted by Mr Tat Thanh Cang, Vice Chairman, Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee: The improvement of market efficiency in Vietnam and in developing the productivity and competitiveness of domestic enterprises, the FTA will not only look to help local businesses and companies but also attract more FDI and open Vietnam to new markets.

 However, several obstacles still prevail to unlock the potential of and for green
 growth investments in Vietnam, as outlined from business side by Mr Christoph Schill, Vice Chairman GGSC and Chief Representative of PRACSIS in Southeast Asia, but also by Mr Xavier Denoly, Country President of Schneider Electric Vietnam, who highlighted that education is key for the continued development of the green growth sector. The potential cost saving from adopting an energy-efficient approach are proven, but it is vital that handling, implementing in business and public but also awareness are to be improved if real change is to be seen.

Coming back in a lively Q&A session to the negotiations for the EU-Vietnam FTA, which are still ongoing, but key actors are hopeful that the finer details will be agreed upon within this year. In agreement with the representatives from HCMC People’s Committee, the EU Delegation is confident that the EU-VN FTA has the potential to unlock the green growth market in Vietnam.


PRACSIS’s new record of 5 Commissioners events

Today, 18th June 2015, PRACSIS sets up a new record of organizing events for 5 Commissioners:

– A high-level conference on EU action to decarbonize the road transport sector for EU Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, Internal Market and Industry Commissioner, and Transport Commissioner.

More information here

– EU Commissioner for Environment: The European Green Capital 2017 Award Ceremony is hosted by the current European Green Capital, Bristol, will take place in a venue in Bristol city.

More information here

– EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development: As part of the International Year of the Soil 2015, the James Hutton Institute is again joining forces with the Scottish Association of Young Farmers Clubs (SAYFC) and new partner Soil Association Scotland in a quest to highlight the Best Soil in Show at this year’s Royal Highland Show in Edinburgh, UK. 

More information here

Environmental labelling, information and management schemes are central to the circular economy

Eco-innovation, as well as environmental labels, information and management schemes are essential to get Europe on the path to a circular economy. This was the primary conclusion of the 18th European Forum on Eco-innovation held in Barcelona, on 20-21 May. Over 300 stakeholders from across Europe came together to make recommendations on what the European Commission should consider in its current re-working of the circular economy strategy and concurrent review of the EU Ecolabel and the Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS).

PRACSIS is behind the great success of this 18th edition, the one with the highest attendance and media coverage so far. Barcelona hosted a multi-event forum which included the ceremony to announce the winners of the 2015 edition of the Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) Awards, the official presentation of ETV Statements of Verificationthe 2015 Retail Forumthe Best of Eco-innovation: project success stories and a business-to-business matchmaking session.

“Eco-innovation is a crucial factor for delivering the transition to a more circular economy,” said Antti Ilmari Peltomaki, Deputy Director-General at the Commission’s Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs. “Voluntary instruments such as EMAS and Ecolabel help SMEs especially improve their competitiveness, innovate and take on new opportunities and markets,” said Guillermina Yanguas, Director General at the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment in Spain.

Participants at the conference agreed that a credible label must be transparent, easy to understand, and verified by a third party. It should enable comparison between different products or services. Some suggested that credibility would be further enhanced if the label were used by public authorities and if it covered as wide as possible a range of environmental impacts. There was a call too for fewer labels overall – a representative from the OECD reported more than 500 are in use today.

The Forum in Barcelona was also the occasion to present an analysis of the results of CIP Eco-innovation market replication projects and a showcase of successful practices. 

PRACSIS will take care of the full organisation of the 19th EU Eco-Innovation Forum, to take place in Seoul, South Korea, on 27-28 October 2015, entitled “Business opportunities in eco-Innovation: materials and products for a sustainable future”. Sign up here.


EU Open Doors Day with 5 Pavilions

On 9 May 1950, the French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman called for a supranational authority to bring together the coal and steel industries of European nations as the baseline for lasting peace.

As a key service provider of the European Commission’s communication activities, PRACSIS will play a leading role in this year’s Open Doors day.  Five Directorate Generals will rely on PRACSIS to manage their participation in this important occasion: DG Agriculture, DG Environment, DG Communication DG Clima and DG ENER.

Each DG will have its own stand at the Barlaymont esplanade. PRACSIS is taking care of the design and will set up each of them according to President Junker’s five priorities: jobs, growth and investments, energy and climate, the digital single market, the EU external action and the EU and its citizens. For DG AGRI, PRACSIS will organize quizzes and a tasting area with many different and delicious EU- labeled quality food. DG ENER and DG CLIMA will share a stand where visitors will be able to cycle and generate electricity while discovering the EU objectives of the climate road map to 2050. For DG Communication, PRACSIS developers have prepared a touch screen game to discover some of the most important European monuments. At DG Environment stand, PRACSIS has built a four meters high map with Natura 2000, the centrepiece of EU nature & biodiversity policy.

Join the celebrations and learn more about the European Union with events and activities for all ages.

For more information visit Europe Day – EU Open Doors website.


Innovative financing workshop to scale up sustainable energy investments in Europe

Next Tuesday 28 April a new episode of ManagEnergy’s series of workshops will take place in Brussels. Up-scaling investments in energy efficiency and renewables through innovative financing approaches will be the main topic on the table.

The valuable insights of Marie Donnelly, Director at DG ENER, and one of the most prominent figures in the EU energy landscape, will open the workshop. Ralf Goldman from the European Investment Bank and Lada Strelnikova from the European Energy Efficiency Fund are amongst the list of key note speakers. A ‘market place for projects’ will include a set of successful examples on how to develop project pipelines and mobilise stakeholders to create business cases for attracting private investment.

As ManagEnergy service contractor, PRACSIS will take care of all organisational aspects. The event will take place at the Stanhope Hotel. PRACSIS has arranged travel and accommodation for some of the 100 delegates expected at the workshop.

Launched in 2002, ManagEnergy aims to assist actors from the public sector and their advisers working on energy efficiency and renewable energy actions at the local and regional levels through targeted capacity building and networking events.

So if you’re into energy issues you should definitely come along and discover new operational solutions to finance the next sustainable energy project in your city.

The agenda is available here

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PRACSIS supports Earth Hour in South East Asia

Let’s together with PRACSIS join the movement:

Earth Hour 2015 – Use your power to change climate change

Earth Hour started in 2008 as a lights-off event to raise awareness about climate change. The event has engaged more than 162 countries and territories worldwide.

Earth Hour is on Saturday, 28 March 2015 at 8:30 pm local time. 

PRACSIS will be honored to support the Earth Hour in 2 different time zones:

GMT+7: Ho Chi Minh, Bangkok

GMT+8: Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Manila

For more information about Earth Hour, click here.

Moving into the right direction

Tonight, 23 March, Brussels hosts the European Mobility Week (EMW) Awards Ceremony. The European Commission’s Directorate General for Climate Action will reward the local authority that is deemed to have done most to raise public awareness of sustainable mobility issues and move towards sustainable urban transport.

The cities of Murcia (Spain), Östersund (Sweden) and Vienna (Austria) are the finalists of the 2014 edition of the EMW Award. They have been shortlisted amongst 38 applications from cities located in 16 different countries.

PRACSIS events department is taking care of all the organisational aspects of the working sessions and the ceremony, managing the registration process, ensuring the optimum functioning of all technical equipment and providing delicious catering at a cocktail reception in the evening for 150 people.

Transport contributes about one-fifth of the EU’s total emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) and urban mobility accounts for 40% of all CO2 emissions of road transport, according to the European Commission. Taking action in European cities to reduce transport pollution is therefore crucial to achieve the EU energy and climate objectives and keep leading the global fight against climate change.

Only one winner will take the European Mobility Week (EMW) Award back home. But with their clean transport policies and achievements, all 38 participating cities are definitely showing how to move into the right direction.

Click here to access the European Mobility Week Award Ceremony and Workshop

Click here for more information on the European Mobility Week (EMW) Awards and  the finalists.

Our Health, Our Wealth – Green Week 2015 to Reconcile Environment & Economic Growth

As DG Environment’s main events service contractor, PRACSIS is in charge of organising the Green Week 2015, the biggest annual conference on European environment policy in the EU. Professional environmentalists are invited to attend at the Egg Conference Centre, Brussels, from 3 to 5 June. The theme will be nature and biodiversity. Around 30 debates are programmed, with key insights on environmental protection policies, farming, health, research in nature, seas and soils, biodiversity protection, and the links and benefits between the environment and the economy, exploring and showcasing practical examples which reconcile nature protection and economic growth.

And that’s not all. Green Week is also present across Europe with Satellite Events. To celebrate and raise awareness about biodiversity, seminars, guided tours and open door days will be organised by a varied set of stakeholders: nature park owners, public authorities, civil associations, NGOs and research institutes amongst others.

And in case you are not able to attend Green Week 2015 do not worry. PRACSIS will put up a high-tech webstreaming service that will allow you to follow the debates from anywhere you might be.

For any question please contact or our PRACSIS Brussels office +32 2 345 91 00.

Click here to access the programme overview

Click here to register to Green Greek 2015

Click here to join Green Week as a Satellite Event