Final Event

Date: 16 July 2015 - Place: Leitat - Anoia. Centre Innovació Anoia. C/ Impressors n.12 08788 Vilanova

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Project information

Project acronym: TAIMEE

Project full title:
Thermal and Acoustic Insulating material from finished leather waste

Start date: September 2012
End date: February 2015

Project coordinator
LEITAT Technological Center

Eco-Innovation programme

The eco-innovation initiative bridges the gap between research and the market.

It helps good ideas for innovative products, services and processes that protect the environment become fully-fledged commercial prospects, ready for use by business and industry.

In doing so the initiative not only helps the EU meet its environmental objectives but also boosts economic growth.

 A five-pronged attack

Eco-innovation is about reducing our environmental impact and making better use of resources. This means developing products, techniques, services and processes that reduce CO2 emissions, use resources efficiently, promote recycling and so on. There are five main strands to this initiative:

•    Materials recycling and recycling processes;
•    Sustainable building products;
•    Food and drink sector;
•    Water efficiency, treatment and distribution;
•    Greening business.

The EU is looking to maximise the impact of Eco-innovation and make every euro go as far as possible. The best Eco-innovation projects are those that can be replicated across the EU.

Eco-innovation projects are not research projects. The ideas must be developed, feasible and also viable in the long-term to qualify for funding.

Putting the EU in the driving seat

Eco-innovation represents a key opportunity to establish Europe’s leading role in overcoming the world’s sustainability challenges while making Europe’s economy even stronger and more competitive.

The world market of environmental products and services is growing. According to an OECD study, goods and services provided by eco-industries are estimated to represent around 2.5 % of the EU GDP.

The initiative contributes to the implementation of the Eco-innovation Action Plan (EcoAP) that seeks to boost environmental technologies while strengthening economic growth and competitiveness.

SMEs play a major role in this regard. This is why priority is given to projects presented by small firms.


Managing the initiative

The Eco-innovation initiative is managed by the Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation (EACI) in close cooperation with the European Commission’s Environment Directorate-General. It forms part of the EU’s Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP).

Funding is made available in form of grants. Information on the specific types of actions covered by the calls for proposals is available on the web page on the calls’ main themes.



Between 2008 and 2013 nearly €200 million are available to fund projects under the eco-innovation initiative. See the section Getting funds to find out how to apply.