Event: SolarPower Summit (Brussels, 6 – 7 March 2019)

Organised by SolarPower Europe, the largest European solar association, the SolarPower Summit is globally recognised as the most important event on global solar developments. This year, we met 300+ renowned sector analysts, senior policy-makers and key industry stakeholders and discussed the industry’s biggest challenges and opportunities from a policy, business and technology perspective.

Stakeholder Press Release: European Aluminium 2050 Vision confirms huge potential to decarbonise the value chain and meet growing demand

Katowice (Poland), 11 December 2018 – European Aluminium’s new report called “Vision 2050” confirms the strong growing European and worldwide demand of aluminium in key markets such as automotive, packaging and building. While the document is set to be released soon, it outlines the substantial reduction of direct and indirect CO2 emissions through innovation, regulatory predictability and increasing recycling rates.

Stakeholder Press Release: COP24: Aluminium well placed to support the transition to e-mobility

Katowice (Poland), 11 December 2018 – “The European aluminium industry is well placed to support the transition to electromobility,” says Patrik Ragnarsson, European Aluminium’s automotive and transport expert at the World Climate Summit 2018, an official side event of the UN climate change conference COP24 in Katowice, Poland.

Renaturing cities: cooperation manifesto launched at the World Forum on Urban Forests

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Agenda: Committee of the Regions ECON Commission meeting (13 December 2018)

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Press Release: The FIWARE ICT Challenge Vienna – create a Smart City app in 48 hours!

The FIWARE ICT Challenge is a developers’ competition taking place at the ICT 2018 event. Participants will create apps that make cities a better place to live in, using real-time data from cities and other data sources, together with FIWARE open source components.

Event: European Space Week 2018 (Marseille, France, 3 – 6 December 2018)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP Plenary – Strategy for long-term EU greenhouse gas emissions reduction in accordance with the Paris agreement (28 November 2018)

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Press Release: Inauguration of the Smart Grid Interoperability Laboratory

Our houses are fast becoming smart homes, with smart thermostats, domestic appliances and security systems activated by apps on our smartphones. But this is just the beginning. Smart homes are growing into smart communities and smart regions – even smart cities. In the future, we will live in an intelligent digital eco-system, where virtual power plants connect up sustainable energy systems, where electric cars behave as intelligent batteries, and where citizens produce energy as well as consuming it.

Keynote speech Commissioner Mariya Gabriel on Digital Innovation Hub Annual Event

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Event: 6th Meeting of Thematic Group on ‘Smart Villages’ (Brussels, 5 December 2018)

The sixth meeting of the Thematic Group (TG) on Smart Villages will bring together key rural development stakeholders from across Europe to exchange ideas on how EU policy instruments can support smart villages now and in the future, with a particular focus on LEADER, cooperation and the future digital strategies.

Press Release: €236 million awarded to Horizon 2020 Energy projects

INEA has signed grant agreements with 29 projects that were selected for H2020 Energy funding. Some projects have already started, whereas the others will be launched the latest by January 2019.

Event: Upscaling Hydrogen Gensets in European Cities (Brussels, 15 January 2019)

The workshop is taking place back-to-back with the 9th General Assembly of the Regions & Cities initiative of the European Union’s Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Join Undertaking (FCH JU). With European cities driving the decarbonisation of transport, urban heating and cooling, industries and services forward, the workshop will focus on how FCH technologies as a 100% clean alternative to diesel-based generator equipment can support cities in reaching their climate and energy targets, reduce emissions and noise and increase air quality.

Press Release: Juncker Plan: EIB signs loan with Lar España to support urban regeneration

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is supporting the urban development of the Palmas Altas district of Seville by financing the construction of a new commercial centre involving the conversion of unoccupied land between the port and the A4 motorway that is frequently used for fly tipping into a new service area. The EU bank is granting a EUR 70 million loan to Lar España Real Estate, the company tasked with implementing the project. The finance agreement was signed today in Madrid by EIB Vice-President Emma Navarro and Lar España’s CEO José Luis del Valle in an operation backed by the Investment Plan for Europe, known as the “Juncker Plan”.

Agenda: EP ENVI Committee Meeting (8 November 2018)

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Official Journal (C Series): Opinions of the European Committee of the Regions

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Event: Building the future of energy with artificial intelligence: Enrupt innovation forum (Dubai, 12 December 2018)

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Stakeholder Press Release (AVERE): AEC2018’s main takeaway – The future is now for the e-mobility sector in Europe

Brussels – AVERE’s E-Mobility Conference came to a close yesterday (18 October) after two days of engaging, exciting, and diverse discussions on the future of e-mobility in Europe. The main message from the close to 100 high level speakers that spoke at AEC2018 is that the time is now for Europe to accelerate the transition to electrification.

Press Release: Electric buses coming to Sofia

Citizens of the Bulgarian capital city Sofia will benefit from cleaner and more comfortable urban transport thanks to the introduction of new electric buses financed by a loan provided by the EBRD and the Green Energy Special Fund (GESF).

Event: Power Talks: Making your home heating low-carbon and flexible for 2050 (Brussels, 15 November 2018)

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Event: DSOs leading the energy transition – Deploying smarter electric grids for smarter cities (Brussels, 21 November 2018)

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Event: Electricity Networks at the Heart of Europe’s changing energy system (Brussels, 27 November 2018)

Electricity will help play a central role in helping the European Union meet its energy and climate goals towards a low-carbon European economy by 2050. Electrification is the most direct, effective and efficient way of reaching the decarbonisation objectives. This makes the electricity network the backbone of the future energy system. What needs to be done to future-proof the EU electricity network that enables Europeans to enjoy clean, secure and affordable electricity?

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