Press Release: Commission launches consultation on the establishment of a smart readiness indicator for buildings

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Agenda: Committee of the Regions ENVE Commission meeting (19 September 2019)

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Event: 1st Energy & Environment Clustering Event (Durham, UK, 23 & 24 September 2019)

The first “Energy & Environment Clustering Event”, hosted by Durham Energy Institute at Durham University and facilitated by the EUA Energy & Environment Platform, will focus on the need for new skills and knowledge for the energy and climate transition. It will also highlight the crucial mindset change needed to increase efficiency in the use of raw materials and reduce harmful emissions. The concept of the circular economy and the important role of consumers will be addressed.

Press Release: Developing strategies to decarbonise buildings

Policymakers have new tools at their disposal to prepare long-term strategies for the decarbonisation of buildings through energy efficiency renovation. Horizon 2020 projects BUILD UPON and EmBuild supported the design and implementation of renovation strategies across 15 countries in central and south Eastern Europe. Over a third of Europe’s CO2 emissions come from buildings, therefore renovation of inefficient building stocks is a priority if we are to decarbonise by 2050 in line with climate and energy goals.

Event: Helsinki Impact Conference 2019 (Helsinki, 9 & 10 October 2019)

Helsinki Impact Conference calls together European leaders, experts and academia on cohesive urban policy and urban planning, to share insights on how cities act as global change-makers. Conference takes place at Helsinki Musiikkitalo, Music Centre on 9–10 October 2019.

Event: Smart City Solutions (Stuttgart, 17-19 September 2019)

The high-ranking conference SMART CITY SOLUTIONS DIALOGUE offers renowned speakers. Short and compact, the speakers make you fit for the Smart City theme. In addition to the conference programme, cities meet with each other and with solution providers to share ideas in the Meetup area.

Event: 5th International Conference on Smart Energy Systems (Copenhagen, 10 & 11 September 2019)

The International Conference on Smart Energy Systems and 4th Generation District Heating has been expanded to include the research topics of electrification, electrofuels and energy efficiency.

Events: Smart Cities Central Eastern Europe (Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 16 October 2019)

SMART CITIES CEE will address the big questions that city leaders face when they are planning their city of the future – governance, digitalisation, citizen happiness, climate change, health, liveability & more.

Event: Climate Resilient Cities – Energy Efficiency & Renewables in the Digital Era (Lausanne, Switzerland, 4-6 September 2019)

CISBAT is a scientific conference organised for the 15th time by the Solar Energy and Building Physics Lab (LESO-PB) of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL). Academic partners of the conference are renowned scientists from University of Cambridge and MIT as well as the Swiss Competence Center for Energy Research “Future Energy Efficient Buildings & Districts” and the Swiss chapter of the International Building Performance Simulation Association IBPSA, backed by a strong international scientific committee.

Call for feedback: European Partnership for Smart Networks and Services

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Press Release: Horizon 2020 Work Programme to kick-start a large-scale research initiative on future battery technologies

The updated Horizon 2020 Work Programme provides €47 million to kick-start the large-scale research initiative on future battery technologies previously announced in the Commission Strategic Action Plan for Batteries.

Press Release: ETSI releases three new SAREF onthology specifications for smart cities, industry 4.0 and smart agriculture

ETSI SmartM2M Technical Committee has just released three new specifications for smart cities, industry and manufacturing, and smart agriculture and food chain domains. This follows the first version of the SAREF (Smart Appliances REFerence ontology) standard from 2015; the subsequent second modular version (Smart Applications REFerence ontology) and first three extensions for energy, buildings and environment in 2018.

Press Release: Energy Union and climate neutral solutions priorities for Energy Council

In terms of energy policy, Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the EU will focus on the implementation of legislation. The Presidency will also have an opportunity to lay down long-term policies especially on climate issues.

Press Release: Driving energy efficiency in the European building stock: New recommendations on the modernisation of buildings

Today, the European Commission has published a series of recommendations on the modernisation of buildings, specifying how Member States should implement the revised building modernisation aspects of the Energy performance of buildings directive (EPBD) 2018/844 to national law. The recommendations come as a response to requests from Member States, and include guidance on building automation and controls, e-mobility and inspections.

UPDATED – Call for applications – Selection of members of the commission expert groups

Updated: The deadline has been extended until 16 June 2019.

Concerns the following groups: Mission Board for adaptation to climate change, including societal transformation (E03664), Mission Board for cancer (E03665), Mission Board for healthy oceans, seas, coastal and inland waters (E03666), Mission Board for climate-neutral and smart cities (E03667), Mission Board for soil health and food (E03668)

OPP Meeting Summary: Competitiveness Council – Research and innovation as driving force for a more competitive European Union (28 May 2019)

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UPDATED – Comitology Meeting: 26th meeting of the PC for the specific programme implementing Horizon 2020 – Configuration “Smart, Green and Integrated Transport”
 (17 May 2019)

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Stakeholder Press Release: New electricity market rules bring greater transparency to grid operation

After approval by the European Parliament in April, the Council of Ministers adopted the revised Electricity Directive and Electricity Regulation on 23 May 2019. This is the last step before the publication in the EU Official Journal, after which the new rules will become a reality in the 28 European Member States.

Event: EBRD Green Cities – Building a better and more sustainable future for cities (London, 4 July 2019)

The event will highlight the latest trends in financing green cities. From innovative technologies to sustainable infrastructure investment, it will explore how best to tackle urban challenges and secure a better and more sustainable future for cities and their residents.

Press release: E.DSO presents the Truth about Flexibility

In the last years, flexibility has indeed been one of the most discussed topics related to EU energy systems: its complexity has however allowed simplistic views to flourish at the expense of some necessary measures crucial to ensure a successful transition to a digitalised and a flexible energy system with active customers at its centre.

More than 150 attendees, speakers and panelists at E.DSO’s event had the opportunity today to discuss what is, according to them and based on research and evidence, the underlying “Truth about Flexibility”.

Press Release: JRC tightens scientific collaboration with Sofia

On 29 March 2019 Charlina Vitcheva, Deputy Director General of the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) and Yordanka Fandakova, Mayor of Sofia, signed a memorandum of understanding on behalf of the JRC and the municipality of Sofia during a ceremony taking place in Sofia.

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