Zöld Forrás Fund
Extended Deadline of the Video-competition
ATTENTION!!! The deadline of the video-competition of the ENER-SUPPLY project has been extended to 25th January 2012.
(12th January 2012)
2nd Issue of the ENER-SUPPLY Newsletter Published
The second issue of the newsletter is available here.
(19th December 2011)
To celebrate the importance of the energy efficiency and to encourage
the usage of renewable energy sources, the project ENER-SUPPLY invites you
to take part in a Video Competition. The contest is open to residents of the following
countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina,
Bulgaria, Croatia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy,
Romania, Serbia, and Slovakia. The participants are welcome to present their
view of energy efficiency, renewable energy sources and sustainable development
in a 1,5 – 3,5 minute video. For details of the competition, click here.
You can learn more about the European ENER-SUPPLY project at http://www.ener-supply.eu.
(9th November 2011)
Ecolabel Days in Office Depot Stores Celebrating the Flower Week
In the framework of the Ecolabel Marketing project, the Center organised Ecolabel Days
in four Office Depot stores in Hungary between 13-15 October. The event was part of
the Flower Week celebration in Hungary. The objective of the event was to call the attention of
customers to ecolabelled products and sustainable consumption. The Ecolabel Days consisted
of four one-day events, three of them organised in different Office Depot stores in Budapest
and one at Gyor. More ...
(16th October 2008)
Another EU Ecolabel Award to a Hungarian Company
After Kolping Hotel Spa and Family Resort at
Bio Cleaner Kft. Orgalco, a producer of environmentally friendly cleaning products
Öko-Park Panzió, a pansion at the Bükk National Park
near Eger has been awarded the EU Ecolabel.
The European Ecolabel
accommodation services signals good environmental
performance and gives an assurance of added quality for consumers choosing
a resort. Enterprises bearing the Flower Logo have officially been
distinguished as being amongst the most environmentally friendly in their area.
(18th May 2008)
Exhibition of Ecolabelled Products
on the Budapest Greenexpo
The “Ecolabels” stand of the Center for Environmental Studies on
the Budapest Greenexpo organised between 28-30 March
was a success. Visitors could see EU ecolabelled products
(all-purpose cleaners of the Hungarian producer, Bio-Ceaner Kft. Orgalco,
Sylvania light-bulbs, PNZ varnishes, Dalium, StoraEnso és UPM-Kymmene
copy and graphic papers as well as Italian floor tiles. Besides, products awarded
with the Hungarian and the Czech ecolabels and the EU ecolabelled Hungarian
Kolping Hotel were presented as well. The Hungarian versions of the EU brochures
for consumers "Cleaning Up" and "In the House" were distributed together with a small
catalogue of shops where EU ecolabelled products are sold. The latter proved to be
particularly popular as ecolabelled products are not visible in the Hungarian shops.
(6th April 2008)
The First Hungarian Green Procurement Regulation Passed by the Council of
Budapest Is Based on the Center's Manual
In July 2006, the council of Budapest approved a green public procurement regulation,
the first local authority green procurement regulation in Hungary. It is based on
the Green Procurement Manual for Local Authorities prepared and published by the
Center for Environmental Studies in 2002. (For the manual, click
here.) Dr. Orsolya Barna, head of the Procurement
Department hopes that the share of environmentally conscious purchasing of Budapest
is going to increase significantly and before long, at least 40% of the calls for tenders will
include environmental criteria (this share has been recommended by the EU). In order
to achieve this, environmental aspects, as a rule, must be incorporated in all
procurement deals, except for cases when urgency of the deal or excessive (by more
than 20% higher) prices of environmentally friendly alternatives make it impossible.
In all other cases, a waiver should be obtained from the Environmental Department.
(4 October 2006)
Urging Green Public Procurement in Hungary
Referring to the renewed strategy of the EU, the Integrated Product Policy as well as
the position of the year 2006 annual assembly of the Hungarian environmental organisations,
the Center's letter sent to Mr. Persanyi, Minister of Environment urged him to initiate actions
facilitating environmentally friendly management and procurement practices in the
Hungarian public sector. Suggested actions included the preparation of the national green procurement
action plan recommended by the EU Commission, setting up a co-ordinating body and developing good
practice of both green procurement and environmental management of the Ministry of Environment to
inspire other Hungarian public sector organisations. The Hungarian copy of the
letter is available on the Center's website.
(22 July 2006)
On its brownfield conference on 29th November 2005 the Center presented its brownfield database with
data on 182 Hungarian brownfield sites. Information stored in the database is based
on the results of the survey conducted in 2005 by the Center. The database is available both in Hungarian
and in English. For the English version, click
(12 December 2005)
The publication was a result of the project "Towards Sustainability", sponsored by the UNDP. It includes
seven case studies prepared on sustainability projects of local governments and NGOs addressing
both environmental, economic and societal issues (such as poverty, unemployment). As the cases demonstrate,
local sustainability projects are easier to implement than national sustainability programmes,
due to their different dimension, lower complexity, the possibility to directly adapt project goals to the
target audience as well as the possibility of direct contacts among different participants. Nevertheless,
they do need national/regional sustainability programmes and policies
that may create an endorsing social and economic environment, and provide orientation
for local projects. Even without this support, the presented local sustainability projects yielded important results
(though overall results sometimes fell behind the original objectives).
They proved to be workshops for experiments, and provided lessons for both
the participants and similar sustainability projects.
For an English summary and the content click
(10 September 2005)
On 7-8 June 2004, the Center for Environmental Studies organized
an international industrial ecology conference for the Visegrad countries
together with its CEE partners,
ETP-Slovakia (Kosice, Slovakia), the Institute for
Environmental Policy (Prague, Czech Republic) and the Institute for Sustainable Development
(Warsaw, Poland). The event was sponsored by the
International Visegrad Fund. Keynote speakers of the conference
included Gunter Pauli, Director of the ZERI Foundation, and Noel Brings Jacobsen from
The Symbiosis Institute (Kalundborg, Denmark). The
Proceedings (available only in English) can be ordered from the Center.
For more details about the Proceedings click here. Some presentations of the conference have been
translated into Hungarian and can be
downloaded from our website.
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