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ENE+ENV+EUP: Liverpool,Malaga,Vilnius won Eurocities awards
ENV+TRA: New tech turns regular bikes into hybrid and traffic tool
FIN: What caused the Eurozone crisis?
ENE: £640m investment in UK shale gas exploration
BIO+ENE+ENV+TRA: UK's 1st bio-bus went into service
ENV: World is locked into 1.5'C warming and risks are rising
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Welcome to the December 2014 issue of the EPN Consulting Newsletter received every month by over 2,400 selected professionals in Europe and welcome to Consorzio NITEL, a new EPN Consulting Member from Italy (more info below in this newsletter).

November was a busy period for EPN Consulting that attended two events in Italy relating to Transport and Smart Mobility.

The first one was a workshop organised in Brescia (N-Italy) about "Social Bus" and how new social media (e.g. Twitter, Facebook, Whatsapp,...) help public transport companies improve their service thanks to being in constant and close contact with users/passengers.

The second one was the "Smart Mobility World", an initiative organised in Turin (NW-Italy). A European guide for the development of ITS services and Infomobility for "Smart Cities", and for the development of technologies for Green Cars and Sustainable Transport. It was a great opportunity to learn about cutting-edge technical solutions and policy trends in sustainable transport and an excellent way of meeting new and current EPN Consulting Clients, Members and Collaborators. 

By the way, if your city plans to make Public Transport free (?!?) read the experience of Tallinn (capital of Estonia) here (Word document). 

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24 Feb 2015 - Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020-HCO-2015 call (Health Co-Ordination activities)

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ARD - Architecture & Design, BIO - Biology & Chemistry, BIZ - Business & Commercial, CIV - Civil Engineering, ENE - Energy, ENV - Environment, EUP - European Projects and affairs, FIN - Economics & Finance, ICT - ICT & Communications, INN - Research & Innovation, ITS - Intelligent Transport Systems, LEG - Legal Issues, Intellectual Property Rights, PRO - Professional services, Consultancy, Training Courses, TEC - Technology and Mechanics, TRA - Transport & Planning

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ENE+ENV+EUP - Liverpool, Malaga and Vilnius won EUROCITIES Awards

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06 Nov 2014 - Liverpool (UK), Malaga (ES) and Vilnius (LT) were revealed as the winners of this year's EUROCITIES awards at a ceremony held at the BMW World during EUROCITIES 2014 Munich, taking place on 5-8 November 2014.

The cities were recognised for their projects linked to the conference theme of 'Energising cities - energy intelligent cities', in three categories:

- Cooperation: Liverpool's REECH project on retrofitting social housing and business premises, leading to better energy efficiency and creating new jobs.
- Innovation: Vilnius' interactive energy classification map, where residents can compare the actual energy consumption of their apartment blocks with similar buildings.
- Participation: Malaga's energy efficiency refurbishment through participation programme, which helps install energy saving measures in one of Malaga's most deprived social housing complexes.

The three cities were among nine that were shortlisted: Dortmund, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Malaga, Oslo, Rotterdam, Tampere, The Hague, and Vilnius.

More info available here.
ENV+TRA - New tech turns regular bikes into hybrid and traffic tool


07 Nov 2014 -
The Copenhagen Wheel turns bicycles into electric hybrids, able to multiply pedal power, track your heart rate and monitor potholes. But at $800, it costs more than a bike!

In the past decade or so, bicycles have taken western cities by storm.
London has introduced both bike-sharing and bike lanes, and Paris even has a bike-sharing programme for children. In Copenhagen, ever the bicycle champion, 41% of rides to work and education now take place on bicycle seats. But what if you're not super fit, don't want to arrive at work sweaty, or if you simply live far from your job? A new hybrid "e-bike" promises to fix that dilemma.

To be precise, the Copenhagen Wheel is not truly an e-bike at all. It's a wheel that can be attached to a regular bike. That wheel, equipped with a motor, batteries, sensors and wireless connectivity, transforms the bike into a smart bike that multiplies pedal power and even measures the rider's heart rate and monitors potholes.

"The experience is very natural", claims Assaf Biderman, associate director of MIT's SENSEable City Lab, which developed the Copenhagen Wheel, and CEO of Superpedestrian, the startup that makes the wheel. "You can essentially ride as far as you like.

More information available here.
FIN - What caused the Eurozone Crisis? 

11 Nov 2014 - There is a wide disagreement about the nature and cause of the Eurozone crisis.

Some see it as driven by fiscal indiscipline, some emphasise excessive private leverage, while others focus on external imbalances, sudden stops, or competitiveness divergence due to fixed exchange rates, as these quotes illustrate:

Paul de Grauwe (2012): "The situation of Spain is reminiscent of the situation of emerging economies that have to borrow in a foreign currency...they can suddenly be confronted with a 'sudden stop' when capital inflows suddenly stop leading to a liquidity crisis"

Lorenzo Bini Smaghi (2013): "... countries which lost competitiveness prior to the crisis experienced the lowest growth after the crisis" 

Hans Werner Sinn (2010): "The lesson to be learned from the crisis is that a currency union needs ironclad budget discipline to avert a boom-and-bust cycle in the first place"

Paul Krugman (2012): "... on the eve of the crisis (Spain) had low debt and a budget surplus. Unfortunately, it also had an enormous housing bubble, a bubble made possible in large part by huge loans from German banks to their Spanish counterparts"

 

More information available here.

ENE - 640 million investment in UK shale gas exploration 

20 Nov 2014 - Chemicals giant Ineos announced plans to invest up to 640m in shale gas exploration in the UK.
 
The company plans to use the gas as a raw material for its chemicals plants, including Grangemouth in Stirlingshire.  Grangemouth is currently running at a loss, but Ineos believes shale gas will transform the economics of the plant.

Shale gas extraction is promoted as an important potential energy source, but has sparked opposition from environmental groups.
Ineos chairman Jim Ratcliffe said he wanted his company "to become the biggest player in the UK shale gas industry".
The firm added that "substantial further investment would follow if the company moved to development and production".
 

More information available here.


 

BIO+ENE+ENV+TRA - UK's first bio bus went into service between Bristol Airport and Bath 


20 Nov 2014 - 
The UK's first bus powered entirely by human and food waste has gone into service between Bristol and Bath. The 40-seat "Bio-Bus" runs on biomethane gas generated through the treatment of sewage and food waste.

The eco-friendly vehicle can travel up to 300 km (186 miles) on one tank of gas, which takes the annual waste of about five people to produce.

It is run by tour operator Bath Bus Company and will shuttle people between Bristol Airport and Bath city centre. The biomethane gas is generated at Bristol sewage treatment works in Avonmouth, which is run by GENeco, a subsidiary of Wessex Water. 

GENeco general manager Mohammed Saddiq said: "Gas-powered vehicles have an important role to play in improving air quality in UK cities but the Bio-Bus goes further than that and is actually powered by people living in the local area, including quite possibly those on the bus itself".

More information available here.

ENV - World is locked into 1.5 'C Warming and Risks are rising 


23 Nov 2014 - 
In the Andes of South America and across the mountains of Central Asia, the glaciers are receding. As temperatures continue to warm, their melting will bring more water to farms and cities earlier in the growing season, raising the risks of damaging floods.

Within a few decades, however, the risk of flood will become risk of drought. Without action to stop the drivers of climate change, most of the Andean glaciers and two-thirds of Central Asia's glaciers could be gone by the end of the century.

These changes are already underway, with global temperatures 0.8 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial times, and the impact on food security, water supplies and livelihoods is just beginning.

A new report exploring the impact of climate change in Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East and North Africa, and Eastern Europe and Central Asia and finds that warming of close to 1.5C above pre-industrial times is already locked into the Earth's atmospheric system by past and predicted greenhouse gas emissions.

Without concerted action to reduce emissions, the planet is on pace for 2C warming by mid-century and 4C or more by the time today's teenagers are in their 80s.

More information available here.
Welcome to CONSORZIO NITEL, a New EPN Consulting Member from Italy
 

We are delighted to welcome the CONSORZIO NITEL that recently joined the EPN Consulting Network.

NITEL is a consortium consisting of 19 prestigious Italian Universities and more than 500 researchers.  The Research activity program focuses on the following themes:
- Transportation systems
- Electronics
- Wideband satellite telecommunication
- Space systems
- Software engineering and Modeling & Simulation
- Networks
- System integration
- Safety & Security
- Chemistry and Sensors
- Ports & logistics
- Energy

whereas the fundamental areas of NITEL activities are:

- Scientific research through the participation in national and international projects and development of strategies, identification of priorities in scientific research activities;

- Education and training (national multi-disciplinary doctorate in Transport and Logistics Sciences, Master on Homeland Security, Master on Systems Engineering, etc.);

- Dissemination and relationships with Institutions (EU, Government, Parliament, etc.), and with National and International associations (Confindustria, Cities & Ports, Confetra, Confitarma, Conftrasporto, CNEL, FLC, Federtrasporto, etc)

    
The Article - Reviving the Silk Route
 
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We are happy to publish this article on Silk Route written by Ing Roberto Nenzi, EPN Consulting International Projects Senior Expert.

For centuries the commercial route from Europe to Asia and vice versa was the Silk Route (or Silk Road), going through many countries, deserts and mountains (and robbers). At a certain time, sea routes superseded the land routes.

Today the high volume of goods moved between China and Europe has revived the old Silk Route, through the use of the already existing rail network (substantially cheaper than air or sea shipping).

The problem is simple: if you have to send a crate from China to Europe you can use a sea-shipping route - this route will take approximately 30 days (from harbour to harbour, including custom clearances). By railway it will take approximately 15 days (from city to city). Since last century, rails have covered Asia and Europe, so they are already in place. The solution then requests relatively small investments.

The China Railway Company started to think about. Theoretically, the solution was simple but they had to face a second problem: a train from China to Europe has to cross 5 or 6 different countries, each one with a different rail company.

Third problem: former countries of the USSR, as well as Mongolia, use a track gauge of 1,520 mm (4 ft 11  27/32 in). The international standard rail gauge used in most of Europe and China is 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1/2 in). As a result, trains cannot run from China to Europe without changing bogies. Large facilities to carry out this procedure exist at most border crossing between the bordering countries with different gauge.

These figures convey a lot of expectations, but the main point is: "How to solve such a transportation problem?"
First, commercial guidelines, technical and administrative agreements (including customs duties) have been signed. Second, the itinerary had to be fixed: from Chongqing, China to Duisburg, Germany. Travel will take 15 days (the railway is 11,179 kilometres long).

The Chongqing-Xinjiang-Europe rail link goes through China, via Alashankou crossing enters Kazakhstan, then proceeds through Russia, Belarus and Poland and finally reaches Germany. Changing bogies happens in two sites: one is at Duosituoke Station in Kazakhstan and the other is at the Brest Station of Belarus. Since 2014, commercial trains travel 3 times a week.


Transported goods transported are essentially electronic devices, medical equipment and cars. According to Yuxinou Logistics, which provides logistics services along the railway, from January to May this year, freight transported out of Chongqing rose by 5.9 percent, and freight into the city rose by 8.3 percent.

There are other rail links which have revived less attention, like the Zhengzhou-Hamburg line (10,214 km using part of the Trans-Siberian Mongolian Line) or one starting from Wuhan. Despite its apparent success, the Chongqing-Xinjiang-Europe rail link line faces a few challenges in the years ahead.

A steady stream of imports and exports is required to keep the line going, but there are currently few exports from European countries. The point still open is: the train starts fully loaded in China, but many carriages go back from Europe empty. A clear indication of the asymmetry in commercial relations between Europe and China.

Time will show if a more balanced level will be reached.
     
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08-11 Dec 2014 - London (UK) - ICT - UCC 2014 - 7th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Utility and Cloud Computing


12 Dec 2014 - Brussels (BE) - ENE+EUP - INFO DAY ON 2015 HORIZON 2020 ENERGY EFFICIENCY

18-20 Dec 2014 - Barcelona (ES) - ICT+INN - ICNB 2014 - 5th International Conference on Nanotechnology and Biosensors

 

05-07 Jan 2015 - London (UK) - TRA - UTSG 2015 - 47th Annual Universities' Transport Study Group Conference

06 Jan 2015 - London (UK) - BIZ+ENE+ENV - ENERGY FINANCE FOR GROWTH

15-16 Jan 2015 - Portsmouth (UK) - ICT - ICNCS 2015 - 4th International Conference on Network and Computer Science

29 Jan 2015 - London (UK) - ENE - SHALE GAS - Examining the Environmental & Hydrogeological Impacts of Shale Gas Exploration & Production

02 Feb 2015 - Brussels (BE) - EUP+ITS+TRA - Horizon 2020 TRANSPORT Info Day


 
05 Feb 2015 - Brussels (BE) - BIZ+EUP - THE TRANSATLANTIC TRADE & INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIP - 2nd Annual EU-US Trade Conference

05-06 Feb 2015 - Birmingham (UK) - ITS+TRA - SMART TRAVEL 2015

09 Feb 2015 - London (UK) - TRA - UK AIR-RAIL UPDATE 2015 - Planning and Operating Successful Air-Rail Links across the UK and Learning from International Experiences

16-17 Feb 2015 - Berlin (DE) - INN+TEC - ADDICTIVE MANUFACTURING: PRODUCTION APPLICATION INITIATIVE

18-19 Feb 2015 - London (UK) - ITS+LEG+TRA - TELEMATICS FOR USER-BASED INSURANCE

04-05 Mar 2015 - Amsterdam (NL) - ITS+TRA - ROAD USER CHARGING CONFERENCE 2015

04-06 Mar 2015 - Milan (IT) - ICT - ESSoS 15 - Engineering Secure Software and Systems

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Due to the rapid increase of interest in Open Data in several fields (e.g. Transport, Environment, Services to Citizens, etc.) this month we have chosen the EU Portal dedicated to Open Data

The EU Open Data Portal is the single point of access to a growing range of data produced by the institutions and other bodies of the European Union.

Data are free to use, reuse, link and redistribute for commercial or non-commercial purposes.


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