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Welcome to the June 2014 issue of the EPN Consulting Newsletter received every month by over 2,200 selected professionals in Europe.
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EUP - The REA reorganises to take on the new mandate
07 May 2014 - As of 1 May, the Research Executive Agency (REA) has a new organisation chart
. The new setup was necessary for the Agency after the Commission decided in December 2013 to increase the REA's role under Horizon 2020
, the biggest EU's Research and Innovation framework programme ever, with €79 billion in funding available from 2014 to 2020.
As of 2014, the REA will manage a large share of research and innovation projects funded under Horizon 2020, in each of the programme's three main pillars, Excellent Science, Industrial Leadership and Societal Challenges, as well asin two of the programme's cross-cutting themes, Science with and for Society, and Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation.
The REA will also oversee the running of a large number of ongoing projects from the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7, 2007-13).
More information available here
EUP - EUROPEANS IN 2014, a special Eurobarometer survey
12 May 2014 - A special Eurobarometer survey "Europeans 2014" provides a snapshot of the latest public opinion on the economic outlook in Europe and the future of the EU.
These findings are based on a survey carried out in all 28 Member States in the second half of March 2014. They show that optimism and trust are on the rise - citizens feel more strongly that the EU is overcoming the crisis and that they can have a say in the EU. Main opinions regarded
1. Outlook on the economy: Confidence is growing
2. Impact of the crisis: Optimism continues to rise3. "My voice counts in the EU": Highest Increase in 10 years
4. Methodology: Representative samples from all Member States - for more than forty years
More information available here
CIV+ENV - World's most environmentally-friendly office building opened in Norway
12 May 2014 - An office building in Norway has been renovated to produce more energy that it consumes.
Powerhouse Kjørbo is located near Oslo, and according to Powerhouse, it is Norway's first energy-positive building and the first in the world to be renovated into an energy-positive structure.
Powerhouse is a consortium of firms aiming to develop energy-positive buildings. It comprises architecture firm Snøhetta, construction company Skanska, environmental organization ZERO, aluminum supplier Hydro and property management firm Entra Eiendom.
Powerhouse Kjørbo is actually two 2,600 square metres (27,986 sq ft) buildings on the Sandvika seafront in Bærum municipality. Their energy consumption prior to renovation was 650,000 kWh every year.
Following the renovation, the energy requirements of the buildings are expected to be reduced to around 100,000 kWh per year in total.
Energy is generated by solar panels. It is expected that the solar array will produce over 200,000 kWh annually, with any excess energy being supplied to the power grid.
More information available here
ENE+ENV-Seatower's game-changing Wind turbine foundations could reduce the cost of Offshore Wind Farming
13 May 2014 - Offshore wind farming combines the clean, green, environmentally neutral benefits of land-based wind turbines, while being a lot less visually intrusive and restricting the usual NIMBY opposition to crustaceans and invertebrates.
It's currently a lot more expensive to install turbines out at sea, though, and that's restricting the sector's development. Which is why the Seatower Cranefree turbine platform could be such a significant step forward.
Cheaper and easier to install, and requiring less gargantuan and specialized equipment than standard monopile foundations, the Seatower base could help offshore wind farms reach profitability a lot quicker.
More information available here
ITS+TRA - Volvo to commence Wireless Bus charging trials in Sweden
20 May 2014 - Volvo Group in association with the Swedish Transport Administration will start conducting trials to study the potential for building electric roads.
The electric roads will enable the city buses to be charged from electricity in the road when the bus is in operation, resulting in eco-friendly and more climate-smart public transport.
As part of the move, which is part of Volvo's plan to develop sustainable transport solutions, the company will build a 300m to 500m electric road for test operations in central Gothenburg during 2015.
More information available here.
TRA+ENV - City of Milan, Winner of the 2014 Transport Achievement Award
21 May 2014 - The city of Milan (Italy), one of the most car-dependent in Europe, is also among the few to have introduced a road pricing measure. The story of how this happened is of great interest, for it shows how EU regulations, scientific evidence and political action at the local level have concurred to change the city transport policy.
Unlike the well-known cases of London and Stockholm, it was concern for the levels of pollution (rather than congestion) that initially led to the introduction of the 'Ecopass' scheme in 2008. In the following years, public debate focused on the effectiveness of this pollution charge in reducing PM10, a pollutant with adverse health impacts.
The dubious effectiveness of Ecopass in reducing PM10 levels has had two consequences: First, the scheme was upgraded to a congestion charge in 2012, following the results of a city-wide referendum in which 79.1% of voters demanded both an upgrade and an extension of the Ecopass area. This was in stark contrast with the experience of other cities, where voters have rejected charging schemes, for instance in Edinburgh or Manchester in the UK. Even in Stockholm, another reference for the introduction of road charging, the voters approved the local congestion charge with a mere 51%.
Second, the new city administration has recently implemented a monitoring system for Black Carbon, a new PM metric that is more suitable to prove the effectiveness of traffic restrictions.
Milan therefore is the only city which can boast two types of road pricing measures, pollution charge and congestion charge, making Milan a reference point for those cities aiming to implement solutions for sustainable mobility and traffic regulation policies.
More information available here
TRA - New Trolleybuses take to the road in Moldova's "Capital of the North"
22 May 2014 - Bălți, Moldova's second biggest city, today celebrated the arrival of a fleet of new trolleybuses financed by a loan from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and a grant from the European Union.
Environmentally friendly and energy efficient, the trolleybuses also have low floors, which improve accessibility for the public, particularly the elderly or those using push chairs or wheelchairs.
The purchase of the new vehicles is part of an EBRD and EU project to modernise public transportation in Bălți for which the EBRD has provided a €3 million loan and the EU contributed a €1.6 million capital expenditure grant from its Neighbourhood Investment Facility (NIF).
The financing will also allow the Bălți Trolleybus Authority to upgrade the existing power supply infrastructure and to modernise its administrative offices and maintenance equipment. The project will ensure the long-term sustainability of the company's operations by improving the speed, reliability and overall efficiency of the trolleybus service. This will include optimising operational costs and energy savings, and the adoption of modern management practices.
Bălți is the second-largest city in Moldova in terms of area and economic importance after the capital city, Chișinău. Dubbed the "capital of the north", Bălți is a major industrial, cultural and commercial centre and transportation hub.
A special launch event took place on the occasion of Bălți City Day at the trolleybus company depot to welcome the first nine of the 23 new vehicles.
More information available here
EUP - From Subsidy to Strategic Investment: What can the EU's New, Reformed Regional Policy do for Growth and Jobs in 2014-2020? (speech)
28 May 2014 - Debate at London School of Economics - Commissioner Johannes Hahn "in conversation" with Professor Iain Begg from the LSE Europe Institute.
"After the European elections, you can imagine there is much reflection in Brussels and in the EU member state capitals. And so there should be. Different people will draw different conclusions. But whether you are for or against the EU, it is worrying that so few people felt their vote mattered enough to go out and vote, in the UK and across the EU.
It is also of concern that so few voters felt informed enough to make a choice.
There will be a lot of discussion in the coming weeks about the need for change: and one of the biggest changes must come in how we help people know what is already being done in their name, for example in policies like the one I am here to discuss with you tonight.
I do believe that Regional Policy is one of the most concrete ways that the EU can improve the lives of ordinary people, carry out the EU's wider goals like creating jobs and growth and investing in our future - for example in renewable energy and energy efficiency. The new reforms that I have introduced allow us to do that in a more effective way than ever before.
Our policy is the means to implement the EU's 2020 Growth Agenda, with which it is completely aligned. These European objectives are also, by the way, entirely consistent with the UK's own objectives for example on the goals to support innovation and the low carbon economy.
The EU is not a religion, Member states choose to be in it because it is advantageous to them".
More information available here.
ICT - The EU launched World's Civilian Robotics Programme - 240,000 new jobs expected
Covering manufacturing, agriculture, health, transport, civil security and households, the initiative - called SPARC
- is the EU's industrial policy effort to strengthen Europe's position in the global robotics market (€60 billion a year by 2020). This initiative is expected to create over 240,000 jobs in Europe, and increase Europe's share of the global market to 42% (a boost of €4 billion per year). The European Commission will invest €700 million and euRobotics
European Commission Vice President @NeelieKroesEU, says: "Europe needs to be a producer and not merely a consumer of robots. Robots do much more than replace humans - they often do things humans can't or won't do and that improves everything from our quality of life to our safety. Integrating robots into European industry helps us create and keep jobs in Europe." (SPEECH/14/421)
President of euRobotics Bernd Liepert says: "SPARC will ensure the competitiveness of European robotics industries. Robot-based automation solutions are essential to overcome today's most pressing societal challenges - from demographic change to mobility to sustainable production".
More information available here.
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The Website of the Month: SIPE
This month we have chosen SIPE, an Environmental Standards Information Portal for Europe
SIPE-RTD Web Portal links information concerning Standards, Research and Policies in four environmental compartments, i.e. Water & Marine, Air, Waste & Sludge and Soil & Sediment.
It contains up to 190 policies (split up in 3,600 policy articles), 950 Standards and about 600 EU funded projects or research results. The interlinking of information is based on keyword fingerprints that are developed for each item in the web portal.
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