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Welcome to the October 2012 issue of the EPN Consulting Newsletter that is received by over 1,250 selected professionals in Europe.
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Urban Transport - Time to Move Sustainably
Brussels, 17 Sept 2012 - The future of mobility in our cities was discussed at a conference where Vice-President Siim Kallas was joined by representatives from the European Parliament, the Committee of the Regions and key stakeholders.
The European Commission announced the launch of a public consultation, giving citizens and all interested parties the opportunity to contribute to the future development of the EU's urban transport policy. The event also marks the tenth anniversary of the CIVITAS Initiative - the European Commission's city-led research programme.
"Europeans are fed up with the daily frustration of not getting to work on time and the problems and costs of traffic congestion. I believe that we can reverse these trends - through forward planning, new technologies and supporting policies. We want to work with cities and citizens to achieve this - to develop better, more affordable, integrated and accessible transport systems. This conference and the public consultation will allow us to fine-tune transport policy in line with citizens' views and needs", explained Vice-President Siim Kallas Commissioner for Transport.
The conference brought together in Brussels two hundred institutional stakeholders, local government, transport operators and users, as well as industry and research representatives. Three fields of action were discussed: Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans, Urban Road User Charging and Urban Logistics. The Commission included these three initiatives in its 2011 transport white paper, which introduced ambitious targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from transport generally and urban transport in particular.
More details available here.
Transport - Research and Innovation for Europe's Future Mobility
Brussels, 18 Sept 2012 - The EU's oil import bill was 210 Billion Euros in 2010 and oil prices will increase. Transport is to about 95% dependent on fossil fuels. If we do not address this oil dependence, people's ability to travel and the costs of goods transport could be severely impacted with dire consequences on the overall competitiveness of the EU economy.
The European Union has committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions, with the goal of limiting climate change below 2ºC. A reduction of at least 60% of GHGs (GreenHouse Gases) by 2050 with respect to 1990 is required from the transport sector, which is a significant and still growing source of GHGs.
Innovative technologies need to be deployed quickly to reduce Europe's dependence on oil and GHGs and make sure that our mobility is maintained. New technologies are also essential to winning the global race for sustainable mobility, keeping the European transport industry competitive whilst preserving jobs in Europe and supporting economic growth.
Europe's citizens and industry could benefit from increased co-operation and prioritisation in Transport Research and Innovation. This requires, among others, the development, with all transport stakeholders involved, of ambitious and accelerated research and deployment roadmaps for innovative technologies that will help to achieve sustainable mobility in Europe.
More details available here.
We also invite you to watch this EC promotional video.
Transport - the EC pushes to accelerate Development and Market Uptake of New Transport Technologies
Brussels, 18 Sept 2012 - The European Commission launched an initiative to coordinate and focus European research and innovation in transport. The aim is to speed up the deployment of new transport means and solutions to achieve a competitive and affordable European transport system.
The definition of a set of roadmaps focusing on the deployment of technologies and innovation in 10 critical areas of transport started in September 2012.
"Transport is essential to Europe's economy. If we do not invest more in research and innovation, Europe's leadership would be compromised, Europeans' ability to travel and the costs of goods could be severely impacted, with direct consequences on the overall competitiveness of the EU economy. This new initiative will help our transport system to develop into an even more efficient, sustainable and user-friendly system to reach our mobility goals. It will impact positively on growth and jobs in Europe", said Siim Kallas, Vice President of the European Commission, responsible for Transport.
"Smart, green and integrated transport is one of the challenges identified in our Horizon 2020 proposal. European research will continue to bring benefits to the transport industry and to citizens. We will work together with the stakeholders and Commission services to produce viable roadmaps for the most strategic transport technologies" said Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science.
The initiative launched by the EC, in the form of a Communication, lists ten different fields of interest for which roadmaps towards deployment will be developed:
Clean, efficient, safe, quiet and smart road vehicles
Clean, efficient, safe, quiet and smart aircraft
Clean, efficient, safe, quiet and smart vessels
Clean, efficient, safe, quiet and smart rail vehicles
Smart, green, low-maintenance and climate-resilient infrastructure
Europe-wide alternative fuel distribution infrastructures
Efficient modal traffic management systems (including capacity and demand management)
Integrated cross-modal information and management services
Integrated and innovative urban mobility and transport
Industry, the public sector and other stakeholders involved in bringing innovative transport technologies and services to the market will be invited to participate in further developing and implementing this strategy, for example by agreeing common targets, coordinating development and deployment agenda's, considering the needs for standards and identifying funding implications.
More details are available here
EU Projects - Ten CIVITAS Success Stories
Last 24-26 Oct 2012 in Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spain) the CIVITAS Forum 2012 was held.
The conference was the 10th such annual event, following fora previously hosted in various quarters of Europe including Funchal (PT), Malmö (SE), Krakow (PL), Bologna (IT) and Kaunas (LT) since the series started in 2003.
It was a combined event that also served as the CIVITAS Plus Final Conference. For this reason, the occasion ran over three days from Mon-Wed 24-26 Sept 2012. The organisers hosted again an exchange of dialogue and views between CIVITAS Forum cities and European politicians on the one hand, and experts in the field of urban mobility on the other.
The CIVITAS Forum Network currently includes over 200 cities from 32 European countries, that have formally committed to clean and sustainable urban transport.
One week before, exactly on the 17 Sept 2012, the EC published a MEMO describing 10 CIVITAS Success Stories.
Some examples of successful measures recorded during CIVITAS projects are reported in this memo, though it should be appreciated that CIVITAS actions are implemented as an integral part of the participating cities' overall Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs) - consistent with the CIVITAS philosophy of stimulating collaboration between lead and learning cities which already have, mature, or semi-mature mobility plans.
More details are available here
P.S. In the current FP7 Transport call there is one topic (SST2013.3-3) dedicated to "Capitalising CIVITAS knowledge and Experience".
If you would like to submit a project, by the 14th Nov 2012, EPN Consulting could help you write a sound proposal.
CONNECT Advisory Forum (CAF) for ICT Research and Innovation
Brussels, 14 Sept 2012 - As part of the preparation for Horizon 2020, DG CONNECT is setting up a new advisory structure - the CAF (CONNECT Advisory Forum for ICT Research and Innovation) - that will replace ISTAG.
The CAF will be providing advice to DG CONNECT about the orientations for research and innovation activities and initiatives dealing with communication networks, computing systems, digital content and related technologies.
The "Call for Expressions of Interest" for the selection of the members of the CAF is open until the 26 Oct 2012. Applications may be submitted by individuals, representatives of collective interest groups and organisations.
The prospective members should correspond to the following profiles (see detailed description in the text of the call):
Members with expertise in technological aspects of ICT (emphasis on industry, SMEs)
Members with expertise in transformative frontier research
Members with an ICT perspective of the societal challenges
ICT market development and governance actors
Members representing the views of civil society
More details available here.
Open consultation on Urban Dimension of the EU Transport Policy
Last 17 Sept 2012 the European Commission launched an open consultation on the Urban Dimension of the EU Transport Policy.
With this consultation the EC wishes to explore with the public and all other relevant stakeholders on how best to contribute with targeted EU-level action to high-quality and sustainable urban transport and mobility for all users in the 27 EU Member States.
In this consultation contributors are asked to express their opinion on the relevant challenges identified by the Commission's services.
More details are available here.
The consultation will be open until 17 Dec 2012.
Digital Agenda - Commission, Industry and Academia commit to bigger and better Robotics Sector
Brussels, 18 Sept 2012 - The European Commission, Industry and Academia have agreed to launch a Public Private Partnership (PPP) in Robotics, to help Europe-based companies take a larger share of the 15.5 Billion Euros annual global robotics market.
Representatives from European robotics manufacturers, research institutes joined European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes in signing a Memorandum of Understanding, the first step towards a PPP launch in 2013. The Commission believes that the future PPP will strengthen the EU robotics sector.
Neelie Kroes, European Commission Vice-President for the Digital Agenda, said "A strong robotics industry is key to Europe's future competitiveness. Growing our robotics industry means new jobs and a strong European manufacturing sector".
Robotics is a key driver for Europe's growth and competitiveness. Three millions jobs are created or maintained worldwide as a result of using one million industrial robots. Europe's robotics industry is highly successful, accounting for about a quarter of the global production in industrial robotics and a 50% market share in professional service robotics. The domestic and professional service robot markets are expected to grow by 40% in the coming years with the strongest growth in rescue, security and professional cleaning applications. By 2020, service robotics could reach a market volume of more than 100 billion euros per year.
The PPP in Robotics aims to:
1. Develop strategic goals for European robotics and foster their implementation;
2. Improve the industrial competitiveness of Europe through innovative robotic technologies;
3. Provide robotic products and services as key enablers to help solve Europe's societal challenges;
4. Strengthen the networking activities of the European robotics community;
5. Promote European robotics;
6. Reach out to existing and new users and markets;
7. Contribute to policy development and address ethical, legal and societal issues.
More information can be found here.
Energy - 2/3 of the World's New Solar Panels were installed in Europe during 2011
Europe accounted for two thirds of the world-wide newly installed photovoltaic (PV) capacity in 2011, with 18.5 GW. Its overall PV capacity totalled 52 GW. The yearly electricity produced by PV could power a country with the electricity demand of Austria, which corresponds to 2% of the EU's electricity needs. These are some of the highlights of the 2012 Photovoltaics Status Report published last 24 Sept 2012 by the JRC.
The study summarises and evaluates the current activities regarding manufacturing, policies and market implementation world-wide.
Over the past ten years, the PV industry grew in Europe by an average of over 40% per year and the production costs have decreased by around 60%. Underlying this progress is the EU commitment towards PV systems as a means to achieve the goal of using 20% of renewable energy by 2020.
Germany, Italy, Spain, the Czech Republic, France, Belgium, and the United Kingdom are the leaders in installed PV capacity in Europe.
More details can be found here
ICT - 4G service is going to be launched in the UK by Everything Everywhere
Last 11 Sept 2012 Everything Everywhere, the UK's largest communications company, providing mobile and fixed-broadband communications services to more than 27 million customers through the Orange and T-Mobile brands, announced the launch of EE
- the UK's most advanced digital communications company.
EE will become the new name of the Everything Everywhere business and its network.
EE will also be launched as a new superfast customer brand in the coming weeks. It is a brand born in the digital age, designed to serve both consumers and businesses, offering the UK's only 4G mobile service and complemented by fixed-line fibre broadband.
The new EE brand will stand alongside Orange and T-Mobile. Together they will provide mobile services to 27 million people, now served by the UK's biggest and best network.
More details can be found here
EPN Consulting attended ITN - Infrastructures and Technologies for Smart Cities and Communities
Last 27-28 Sept 2012 EPN Consulting attended the ITN Infrastructures and Technologies for Smart Cities and Communities event held in Turin (Italy).
Two days of conferences and workshops on ITS, Smart Mobility, e-Ticketing, Smart Cities and Communities ranging from technical solutions to policy.
The choice of attending this event is line with the new business area being developed within EPN Consulting to meet the high demand coming from Local Authorities and citizens willing to introduce/exploit smart solutions to improve the quality of life and optimise existing resources.
EPN Consulting is happy to receive queries from any Local Authority in Europe willing to transform their city into a modern, smart city able to offer more services to their citizens at lower costs.
We can help you do it step by step.
EPN Consulting will attend the 19th ITS World Congress in Vienna
EPN Consulting will be attending the ITS Conference and the 19th ITS World Congress in Vienna during two days: 22 and 23 Oct 2012.
This will be an excellent opportunity to meet up in person and discuss collaboration opportunities.
We are happy to announce that attendees that would like to join EPN Consulting in meetings organised in Vienna during this event will benefit a 50% discount on the membership enrolment fee.
Please send us your request of meeting us by the 19 Oct 2012 to ensure you will be entitled to claim this benefit.
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The Website of the Month: Energy Roadmap 2050
This month EPN Consulting has chosen the EC website on the Energy RoadMap 2050.
On 15 December 2011, the European Commission adopted the Communication "Energy Roadmap 2050"
. The EU is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 80-95% below 1990 levels by 2050 in the context of necessary reductions by developed countries as a group.
In the Energy Roadmap 2050
the Commission explores the challenges posed by delivering the EU's decarbonisation objective while at the same time ensuring security of energy supply
The Energy Roadmap 2050 is the basis for developing a long-term European framework
together with all stakeholders.http://ec.europa.eu/energy/energy2020/roadmap/index_en.htm
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