“EuroPACE is set to deploy private capital as up-front financing to homeowners and have the costs repaid over time as a special charge added to the existing property tax bill. By doing this, EuroPACE is looking to de-risk energy efficiency investment. [..] A pilot will be deployed in the city of Olot in Catalunya, Spain.”
“On 14 and 15 November, the European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot and SUEZ, in partnership with Naturgy, promoted a Corporate Day in Barcelona. 19 companies funded by the SME Instrument strand from the EIC pilot, shared their vision towards a circular economy with top corporate representatives.”
Funded by Horizon 2020 QualitEE projectaims to build trust in energy efficiency services and providers by fostering a common understanding of ‘good quality’ and standardising quality aspects of energy efficiency services.
The EU funded REACH (Reduce Energy Use and Change Habits) project has trained over 200 volunteers to implement basic energy efficiency measures in households in South-East Europe, where more than 30% of households experience energy poverty.
Businesses and consumers need to stop thinking of products as things to own and move towards a culture of sharing and repairing if we are to fulfil the ambition of creating a circular economy, according to Felipe Maya, project and innovation manager at sustainable engineering firm Exergy, headquartered in Coventry, UK. Maya and his colleagues are looking into how product design can stop objects being thrown away at the end of their lives, as part of a project called ECOBULK.
Researchers are attempting to figure out how to recover metals that are in limited supply in Europe from material that is often dumped or used in low-grade applications. They hope this metal recovery will also help to reduce the impact of industry on the environment.
Last week the European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot brought18 cutting-edge companies working on environmental technologies and renewable energy to China International Industry Fair 2018, in Shanghai, China. The companies were promoted as part of the support services that small businesses get alongside their grant from the EIC’s SME Instrument funding strand.
In the years 2013-2016, the EU funded EURONET 50/50 MAX project involved more than 99,000 students, 7,000 teachers and 100 city councils from 13 countries working together to save energy. Most of the participating schools and public buildings managed to reduce electricity and/or heat consumption.
The PEAKapp project funded under Horizon 2020 encourages energy saving based on competitive human nature while also facilitating the consumption of clean and low-priced electricity from the spot market for household customers. It connects consumers to social media and inspires them through gaming. A unique ICT-to-Human ecosystem triggers lasting energy savings through behavioural change and continuous engagement.
19 new sustainable blue projects have been pre-selected for funding by the European Commission under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF). They will share €14.5 million. The grant agreements are currently being prepared for signature.
The textile dyeing industry is one of the main water consumer industries and it is generating high volumes of wastewater with high levels of coloration and salinity. It is urgent to reduce water consumption at the industrial level and one of the ways to do it is trough water recycling and reuse. The Spanish project ECUVal aims to implement an innovative wastewater treatment.
The project MASLOWATEN won the “best pitch” competition at EASME’s “Promoting market-ready water innovations – Investors’ café”, an event dedicated to exploitation, investment and market uptake of eco-innovative solutions in water and circular economy. The project is dealing with the market uptake of an innovative irrigation solution based on low water energy consumption.
On 25 and 26 June, selected companies funded by the European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot had the opportunity to present their vision for the future and cutting-edge innovations in the field of renewable energy at the Enel Innovation Hub&Lab in Catania.
The “ManagEnergy Talk”, one of the sessions of the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW 2018), explored innovative, ambitious and transformative actions led by local actors, with the goal to inspire many others to be the driving force behind the energy transition.
5 days, 64 sessions, 2,540 on-site participants, 40 organisations hosting their own stands and 420 Energy Days taking place in 28 countries. The 13th edition of the EU Sustainable Energy Week has been a real success also thanks to the active participation of many EU-funded projects managed by EASME.
The COMBI project, funded by Horizon 2020, wants to demonstrate the multiple benefits of energy efficiency measures, not only for energy and money savings but also for health, the environment and the whole economy.
The Mission Innovation Champions, a new recognition programme to celebrate and support innovative individuals who are accelerating the clean energy revolution is open for application until 10 September 2018.
Single-use plastic has become part of our everyday lives. In the EU alone, we collectively use 100 billion bags per year, or over 70 bags per person per year. That is a huge amount, considering the significant part that ends up in our oceans.
Applications are open until 10 July for all EIC SME Instrument companies that wish to showcase their innovations to chemical giant Solvay. The networking event will take place on 16 October in Brussels, Belgium.