The ICT sector generates up to 2% of global CO2 emissions, and its carbon footprint is growing significantly. Horizon2020 projects BodentypeDC and EURECA are changing this, working on ways to achieve energy efficiency of data centres.
The “Study to support investment for the sustainable development of the blue economy” sets out recommendations to address major market failures to supply capital to high potential, innovative and sustainable marine and maritime businesses. The study makes a strong case for a Blue Economy Investment Platform to channel blended public and private finance into promising projects.
LIFE Tritó Montseny is working to improve the conservation status of the Montseny brook newt (Calotriton arnoldi) by carrying out a captive breeding programme and by reversing the threats to its habitat.
NextGEOSS, the European Data Hub and Platform funded under the Horizon 2020 Programme, is now available. It provides access to Earth Observation (EO) data to the European users’ communities.Together with a suite of platform services and Cloud resources that are seamlessly connected, it provides an integrated system for supporting applications, contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
A technology called Hesop, which significantly reduces energy consumption by trains and metros, is being rolled out around the globe, following successful prototyping within the RE-USE LIFE project. RE-USE ran between 2012 and 2018.
The European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot and Nasdaq invite applicants for an exclusive pitching event for Deep Tech companies in Stockholm, Sweden. On 6-7 March 2019, a selected number of companies funded by the EIC pilot will have the opportunity to pitch their business to top European investors and connect with Nasdaq representatives and partners. In addition, the event will offer workshops on IPOs and how to go public, presented by experts from Nasdaq and certified advisors, as well as entrepreneurs from IPOed companies.
The Blue Growth Accelerator NEPTUNE was created in 2016 to support innovative SMEs and entrepreneurs in the fields of environment, maritime transport, water management, marine renewable energies and port logistics. Three years later, it has granted funds for €2.8 million to 41 projects in 6 countries.
The EU is calling for an urgent global response to the existential threat posed by losses to wildlife and ecosystems. To gain from international efforts, several LIFE projects exhibited at the COP14 UN biodiversity conference in Egypt.
Organic agriculture is boosting crop revenues and restoring soils across some of the driest regions in Spain. As part of the LIFE-funded Crops for better soil project, some farmers boosted their profits from €50 a hectare to over €300 in just five years. To do so, they abandoned fertilisers, adopted soil-friendly farming techniques and shifted to higher-value organic produce.
Mountain huts by their nature are remote, off the grid and dependent on fuel deliveries. The LIFE SustainHuts project is showing that installing green technologies in extreme conditions can make even off-grid buildings more energy efficient.
More and more environmental agencies and city planners across the EU are using air quality monitoring technology developed within LIFE ATMOSYS, 5 years after the project concluded.
On 27 and 28 November, 21 companies funded by the SME Instrument strand of the European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot presented their ideas and business models to Ferrovial at the Impact Hub Gobernador in Madrid, Spain.
The rapid growth in air travel has made the task of controlling borders increasingly cumbersome. Passengers frequently face long queues and the inconvenience of juggling bags, passports and tickets as they pass through airport controls. Portuguese company Vision-Box is working on a technology that allows travellers to store multiple ID documents (such as passport, citizen ID card, membership cards) in a smartphone which can then be used to permit hands-free authentication at authorised touch points.
Virtual reality resolution is still very far from human-eye resolution. Or at least it used to be. EIC-funded start-up Varjo just raised a €27m private financing for its new technology, which is able to reproduce the level of detail of human sight in virtual reality (VR) products.
The European Innovation Council pilot’s SME Instrument is funding outstanding women innovators that break new grounds in technology, science and engineering. This year four women entrepreneurs funded by the SME Instrument have made it to Forbes’ Europe’s Top 50 Women in Tech 2018 list. From the CEO of Ada Health to the Founder of SoapBoxLabs have a look at these remarkable innovators.
Newly published study identifies main problem areas of international ocean governance. It also recommends projects that can improve the situation. The study focuses on 13 third-countries that have active bilateral agreements with the EU through Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement.
Public administrations participating in the 50000&1 SEAPs project are improving their energy performance, saving resources and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Their energy consumption in public buildings, street lighting and vehicle fleet has been reduced with the implementation of Energy Management Systems in conjunction with Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs).
The workshop “Smart water services: Bridging the digital and the physical world” has been jointly organised on 13 June by the European Commission and the European Water Technology Platform (WssTP) within the Water Innovation Europe in Brussels.
From Tuesday 26 to Wednesday 28 June, the European Parliament is celebrating the 7th edition of the Bee Week. Here are 4 projects managed by EASME on beekeeping that contribute on the ground to this year’s theme: How is the agricultural community mobilised to protect bees?