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Welcome to the February 2013 issue of the EPN Consulting Newsletter that is received by over 1,500 selected professionals in Europe
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New Calls recently published
During last month no new calls were launched.
However, please note that the TEN-T Calls for Proposals under the Multi-Annual Work Programme 2012
have now a new deadline
: 26 Mar 2013
(previously 28 Feb 2013) whereas the TEN-T Calls for Proposals under the Annual
Work Programme close on 28 Feb 2013.
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Transport - New Year's resolution: less pollution from buses and trucks
Brussels, 04 Jan 2013 - Thanks to new European legislation (called the Euro VI norm), effective from 31 December 2012, nitrogen oxides and dust emitted from new types of trucks and buses will be lowered.
It means a reduction of 80% in emissions of nitrogen oxides and 66% in particulate matters. In addition to the health and environment, the new legislation will also have a positive impact on industry: the legislation introduces world-wide harmonised test procedures and standards which should help boost European automotive industry exports.
In addition, EU automotive legislation is now simpler and becomes effective more quickly - directly applicable regulations have replaced directives, thus eliminating the time required for their transposition into 27 different national legislations.
The European Commission Vice President Antonio Tajani, Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship, said: "Today's emission reduction will help clean up the air we breathe and improve the competitiveness of Europe's automobile industry. As agreed in our recently adopted Cars Action plan we are creating a win-win situation: we will have cleaner trucks and buses, which will be trendsetters and exportable worldwide."
More information can be found here.
The EC Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan
Brussels, 09 Jan 2013 - Since 2008 Europe has been suffering the effects of the most severe economic crisis it has seen in 50 years: for the first time in Europe there are over 25 million unemployed and in the majority of Member States small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have not yet been able to bounce back to their pre-crisis levels.
Before the on-going economic and financial crisis, the European economy faced structural challenges to its competitiveness and growth, and obstacles to entrepreneurship. Many of these persist, but the crisis has also been a catalyst for deep change and restructuring. The world economy has also been transformed over the last decade. Rapidly increasing demand and production in global markets has put pressure on resource and energy supplies leading to changing cost structures for Europe's companies, many of which are dependent on imports for these supplies.
The Europe 2020 Strategy responded to this by setting out the foundations for future growth and competitiveness that will be smart, sustainable and inclusive, and which would address our principal societal challenges. Correcting the problems of the past and putting the EU on a more sustainable development path for the future is a shared responsibility of the Member States and the EU Institutions. Recognising that our economies are closely intertwined, the EU is now reshaping its economic governance to ensure better policy responses to current and future challenges.
To bring Europe back to growth and higher levels of employment, Europe needs more entrepreneurs. As a follow up to the Small Business Act review of April 2011 and of the Industrial policy communication adopted last October, the proposed Action Plan sets out a renewed vision and a number of actions to be taken at both EU and Member States' level to support entrepreneurship in Europe. It is based on three pillars : developing entrepreneurial education and training; creating the right business environment; role models and reaching out
to specific groups.
More info is available (in PDF) here.
The EC proposes the continuation of the EUROSTARS programme
Brussels, 14 Jan 2013 - The European Commission published its roadmap for the continuation of the Eurostars Programme. The executive body of the European Institutions clearly stated its support to the continuation of the Eurostars Programme, the only European funding programme specially dedicated to RD-intensive small and medium-sized companies (SMEs), on the basis of an interim report it qualified as very positive.
In this document the EC proposed to develop an integrated approach to involve small businesses involved in research, including the Eurostars Programme and the so-called new SME instrument, to be launched in 2014.
Both funding instruments will be part of the Horizon 2020 scheme, the largest funding initiative for research and innovation in the world. The Eurostars Programme however is mainly financed through National funds and benefits from locally-based, language fluent contacts.
More info is available here.
Environment - The EC declares 2013 the Year of Air
Brussels, 15 Jan 2013 - The EU has been tackling air pollution since the 1970s. Steps like controlling emissions of harmful substances into the atmosphere and improving fuel quality have contributed to progress in this area, but the problem still remains. This is mainly as a result of human activities: the burning of fossil fuels and the dramatic rise in traffic on the roads, for instance.
As a consequence, air pollution is cited as the main cause of lung conditions such as asthma (there are twice as many sufferers today compared to 30 years ago), and as the cause of over 350,000 premature deaths in the EU every year. Now, the European Commission is adopting a new strategy and has declared 2013 as the year of air, with new proposals on improving air quality across Europe.
The plan is to highlight the importance of clean air for all and to focus on actions to improve air quality across the EU. Already the European Commission has formed a collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe. They will review the latest health science on major air pollutants such as particulate matter, ground-level ozone, and nitrogen dioxide. Their findings will be presented at an event this month titled 'Understanding the health effects of air pollution: recent advances to inform EU policies'.
More info is available here.
Transport - New CIVITAS PAC position paper on the Future of Urban Transport
Brussels, 16 Jan 2013 - In response to the EC's recently closed public consultation held between September and December 2012 on 'The Future Development of the Urban Dimension of Transport', the CIVITAS PAC (Political Advisory Committee) submitted its views in a position paper.
The 15-page statement responds to the four key topics and respective questions on which opinions were invited by the EC.
In the realm of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs), the PAC considers EC support will help accelerate their broader take-up "by giving strength and added value to the initiatives developed by the cities." However, it also recommends that the SUMP initiative "must start in each city of its own volition".
There was also a call for the Commission's support and information on SUMPs to find its way into the mainstream transport and urban planning "domain." SUMP for example is not even described in Wikipedia, not even in English.
The CIVITAS PAC position paper (in PDF) can be read here
Clean Transport - Hydrogen on TEN-T Road Network closer to reality thanks to EU grant
Brussels, 16 Jan 2013 - The European Union will support with almost €3.5 million from the TEN-T Programme a project, taking place in The Netherlands and Denmark with the support of French and Swedish stakeholders, which will analyse the current situation of hydrogen refuelling stations and propose new strategies to expand their usage.
The HIT (Hydrogen Infrastructure for Transport) project
, which was selected for funding under the 2011 TEN-T Annual Call, will define the best strategies to move from the current patchwork of hydrogen "hotspots" to commercially viable for Hydrogen Refuelling Stations (HRS) and from there to long distance transport and mobility along the TEN-T road network.
The project will first draft four National Implementation Plans (NIP) for each of the participating countries to address how local hydrogen "hotspots" can be turned into local markets with a sufficient critical mass of users and vehicles and integrated into the TEN-T road network. Three pilots will then be conducted to examine the feasibility of long-distance travel between major HRS stations (Rotterdam, Aalborg and Frederica) using hydrogen-fuelled vehicles. The results of the pilots will generate valuable information which will be used for drafting the NIP.
Finally, a proposal for the deployment of hydrogen as a long distance alternative fuel along the TEN-T road network will be produced by integrating the results of the NIP and the three pilots. It will put forward recommendations to allow policymakers and infrastructure managers to develop and use effective support schemes for a viable hydrogen infrastructure roll-out in the European Union. The project is set to be completed by the end of 2014.
More information is available here
Transport - New European Driving Licence
Brussels, 18 Jan 2013 - Since 19 January 2013, all new driving licences issued across the EU will be in the form of a plastic "credit card," with a standard European format and tougher security protection. The new European licence will progressively replace the more than 100 different paper and plastic models currently in use by more than 300 million drivers across the EU.
This is part of a broader package of measures (3rd
EU Driving Licence Directive) coming into force designed to enhance free movement, tackle driving licence fraud and improve road safety across the EU.
"Traffic police across Europe are currently expected to recognise more than 100 different types of paper and plastic driving licence. ID photos may be long out of date, the categories for which the driver is licenced unclear and the document may be easy to forge. Fake driving licences are a licence to kill, that is why we need licences which are easy to read, easy to understand and very difficult to falsify."
The main changes come into force regard:
- A standard European format
- Enhanced security
- The regular renewal of licences
- Protection of vulnerable drivers
- Minimum standards for driving examiners
More info is available here
Transport & Environment - EU launches Clean Fuel Strategy
Brussels, 24 Jan 2013 - The European Commission announced an ambitious package of measures to ensure the build-up of alternative fuel stations across Europe with common standards for their design and use. Policy initiatives so far have mostly addressed the actual fuels and vehicles, without considering fuels distribution. Efforts to provide incentives have been un-co-ordinated and insufficient
Clean fuel is being held back by three main barriers: 1) the high cost of vehicles, 2) a low level of consumer acceptance, and 3) the lack of recharging and refuelling stations. It is a vicious circle. Refuelling stations are not being built because there are not enough vehicles. Vehicles are not sold at competitive prices because there is not enough demand. Consumers do not buy the vehicles because they are expensive and the stations are not there. The Commission is therefore proposing a package of binding targets on Member States for a minimum level of infrastructure for clean fuels such as electricity, hydrogen and natural gas, as well as common EU wide standards for equipment needed.
The EC Vice President Siim Kallas responsible for Transport said. "Developing innovative and alternative fuels is an obvious way to make Europe's economy more resource efficient, to reduce our over-dependence on oil and develop a transport industry which is ready to respond to the demands of the 21st century. Between them, China and the US plan to have more than 6 million electric vehicles on the road by 2020. This is major opportunity for Europe to establish a strong position in a fast growing global market".
The Clean Power for Transport Package consists of a Communication on a European alternative fuels strategy, a Directive focusing on infrastructure and standards and an accompanying document describing an action plan for the development of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) in shipping.
The main measures proposed are:
- Natural Gas (Liquified-LNG and Compressed-CNG)
More info is available here
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The Website of the Month: Global Smart Grid Federation
This month EPN Consulting has chosen the Global Smart Grid Federation (GSGF).
The Global Smart Grid Federation was established in April 2010 to bring together Smart Grid initiatives from around the world.
Over the past several years, various countries have initiated projects and programs to explore the potential of the new generation of information- and communication-based technologies emerging across the power sector.
As these efforts matured, formal public-private initiatives were formed. The first, in 2003, was the GridWise Alliance in the United States. It was followed by similar initiatives in the European Union, South Korea, Japan, Australia, Canada, India, and Ireland. Many other countries are in the formative stages of their own initiatives.
The Global Smart Grid Federation was formed to:
Facilitate the collaboration of national and international Smart Grid nongovernmental organizations and governmental organizations from around the world to conduct and foster research in the application of Smart Grid technologies
Support rapid implementation of Smart Grid technologies by establishing itself as the global center for competency on Smart Grid technologies and policy issues
Foster the international exchange of ideas and best practices on energy issues, including reliability, efficiency, security, and climate change
Create avenues for dialogue and cooperation between the public and private sectors in countries around the world on issues relating to the deployment of Smart Grid technologies.
The Global Smart Grid Federation is committed to creating smarter, cleaner electricity systems around the world. By linking the major public-private stakeholders and initiatives of participating countries, the federation will share best practices, identify barriers and solutions, foster innovation, and address key technical and policy issues. These and other activities help member organizations
initiate changes to their countries' electric systems to enhance security, increase flexibility, reduce emissions, and maintain affordability, reliability, and accessibility.
In addition, the Global Smart Grid Federation works with ISGAN as well as with national and international government policymakers to address the broad challenges of deploying smarter grids. This nexus provides bidirectional communication and collaboration, which will advance Smart Grids around the world and facilitate consensus-building within the international community to address electricity system and climate change concerns.
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