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Press Release: EU Sustainable Energy Awards competition kicks off EUSEW 2018

The EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) is back for its 13th edition and giving you the chance to encourage and nominate projects to take part in this year’s Awards competition to determine the most innovative and impactful initiatives in energy transition. Full article…

Press Release: MagFreeG – innovating the cooling industry

It is a known fact that global warming is one of the most serious issues affecting our society. The need for green technologies that help reducing the emissions of dangerous gases is crucial. Among the several projects working in this direction we find MagFreeG.

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Press Release: Steeper Energy builds industrial scale plant worth € 50.6 million

A new partnership between SME Instrument innovator Steeper Energy and biofuel joint venture Silva Green Fuel will open the road to producing commercial-scale transport biofuels. With the growth of global trade, heavy and long-haul transport sector emissions are on the rise. The availability of low carbon options for road diesel, marine and jet biofuels will help companies and countries meet carbon reduction targets. Full article…

Press release: Aurelia Turbines wins cleantech prize at European Venture Contest Final

The European Venture Contest Final is a leading European network and investment event for high-growth technological start-ups, venture capital investors and technological corporations. Aurelia Turbines – an SME Instrument innovator that manufacturers the efficient small gas turbines – attended the event thanks to a partnership between SME Instrument and the organiser TechTour and won the The European Venture Contest Final prize for cleantech. Full article…

Press Release: RESIN project – to support resilient cities and their infrastructures

Horizon 2020 RESIN project develops standardised approaches to increase the resilience of Europe’s cities and urban areas to extreme weather and climate change. RESIN has a specific focus on ensuring that critical infrastructures are better integrated into this process.

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Event: Financing energy efficiency in Romania, Hungary and Bulgaria (Bucharest, 1 February 2018)

This event aims to share best practices from Romania, Hungary and Bulgaria as well as further countries on how energy efficiency investments can be financed. This includes the use of private funds and innovative financing instruments, notably in the building and industry sectors. Speakers will focus on practical experiences in developing and structuring investment programmes and the event will allow time for debate. The event contributes to the new cooperation on energy efficiency initiated by the CESEC. Full article…

Press Release: A successful collaboration for green businesses and bioenergy in Indonesia

The Horizon 2020 GREENWIN and TRANSRISK projects have joined forces through a case study on coffee production and bioenergy development towards decarbonisation in Indonesia. Following this collaboration, a pilot business on production of sustainable coffee kicked off by using a low carbon technology (biogas). Full article…

Press Release: Project NIRD: Diving across time

You don’t need to be Odysseus to travel across seas. You don’t have to read Jules Verne to live an adventure and you don’t need a time machine to travel through history. The Western Black Sea Cultural Heritage NIRD project seems to have found the way. Funded by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF), the project promotes underwater tourism in Romania and Bulgaria.

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Press Release: AMORPH cuts waiting lines at airports

The number of passengers in airports has increased from 2000 to 2014 from 1.6 billion to over 3.3 billion worldwide, making it a challenge for airport’s to smoothly handle the crowds of travellers. AMORPH.aero is an innovative software for airports that aims to cut down congestion. The company, funded by the SME Instrument, has started a new partnership with Helsinki Airport.

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Press Release: How can vulnerable households manage their energy bills and stay comfortable this winter?

Families across Europe struggle to keep their homes adequately warm every year. Energy poverty affects the life of over 50 million people in the EU, undermining their health and social well-being. The Horizon 2020 SMART-UP project trains people to become advisers and empower households to make small changes to their habits to improve their living conditions and help to reduce their energy bills. Full article…

Press Release: Horizon 2020 and LIFE support to projects for cleaner air

Air pollution is one of the most severe and complex environmental challenges impacting humans and ecosystems. The urban population, in particular, is still suffering from high levels of air pollution that is considered harmful for health according to European and World Health Organisation (WHO) standards. Effective action to reduce air pollutants requires a good understanding of causes and sources as well as the chemistry and physics of air pollutants in the atmosphere.  Full article…

Press Release: € 123 million of Horizon 2020 funding for 27 environment & resources projects

The European Commission has selected 27 projects that will receive around €123 million under Horizon 2020’s Societal Challenge “Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials”. Full article…

Press Release: SME Instrument and EEN help top tech companies grow

More than 60.000 attendees from 160 countries joined together at the largest technology conference in the world – the WebSummit – last 6-9 November 2017 in Lisbon. So did the SME Instrument that has recently become part of the European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot. The EIC pilot offers a plethora of new opportunities for 2018 that will turn into concrete funding for SMEs through the SME Instrument and with the help of Enterprise Europe Network.

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Press Release: Forecasting alternative low-carbon and economically sustainable scenarios for heating and cooling in cities

Are you interested in developing your city’s heat plan or decarbonising its heating and cooling system? PLANHEAT has developed a simulation tool for cities to analyse and plan their future low-carbon heating and cooling scenarios.  The project also offers knowledge sharing and trainings.

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Press Release: UN Climate Change Conference COP23 – Bonn, 6 – 17 November 2017

This year, EASME Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5 and LIFE projects will have a numerous presence at the 23rd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Full article…

Press Release: EU steps up on climate finance: LIFE Programme

The LIFE Programme will, for the first time, be present at the Conference of Parties on Climate Change in Bonn, Germany, this year. Five different projects will be showcased on Wednesday 8 November to emphasize the impact of climate-smart investment in Europe. You can join the debate live via Facebook and ask questions directly in the comments below the live videos (or use #LIFEeventCOP23 on Twitter). Full article…

Event: First Union for the Mediterranean stakeholder conference (Naples, 29 & 30 November)

While trying to reinforce the dialogue on sustainable Blue Economy, the conference will gather governments’ representatives, regional and local authorities, universities, international development agencies, international organisations and many more.

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Event: Circular Economy across European regions: building new collaborations through Horizon 2020 (London, 21 November 2017)

This workshop is hosted by the SCREEN project in collaboration with the UK’s national contact point and the European Enterprise Network. It will be an interactive event focusing on brokering collaborations for Horizon 2020 proposals and offering support on proposal preparation and consortium development. Particularly suitable for regional and local authorities which can further collaborations and synergies within the broader outreach and dissemination activities of the SCREEN project.

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Event: Circular Economy across European Regions: Synergies and Complementarities (London, 22 November 2017)

This workshop is hosted by the SCREEN project and aims to bring together European stakeholders from across the circular economy sector to share some of the excellence and best practice of a number of regional initiatives and innovative approaches developed in Horizon 2020 projects.

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