In a world increasingly focused on moving away from single-use materials, copper is infinitely recyclable. At the same time, copper—and many other metals—is an essential component in powering a sustainable-energy future because it is a key material in a large number of renewables and efficiency applications.
Themes of the conference are:
- Competition and Non-competition concerns: rethinking the distinction
- Vertical restrictions in the digital economy: towards a new framework
- Rethinking power in competition law
- A new procedural framework for competition law in the digital economy
By Transport & Environment
The EU transport commissioner-designate today committed to greater European action on maritime emissions, but risked being at odds with public demand to address airlines’ climate impact. Transport & Environment (T&E) said Adina-Ioana Vălean’s hearing in the European Parliament’s transport committee, in which she also provided little detail on deploying the infrastructure needed for zero-emissions road transport, was a “mixed bag”.
By Transport & Environment
Unlike combustion engines that burn oil, batteries do not burn lithium or other minerals like cobalt and nickel, which can be fully recovered and used again. From a life cycle perspective battery-powered vehicles are already better than engined cars. However, they still have an environmental impact, notably in parts of their manufacturing and metals extraction. This paper, informed by the report available below, outlines T&E’s vision of how an upcoming EU regulation can minimise the environmental impact and maximise both the industrial and climate benefits of batteries in transport.
The use of electricity and the number of electrical devices, including solar PV systems, in our homes are poised to grow dramatically in the next years and decades in Europe. The electrification of our buildings will be driven by climate and energy policies, but also by consumer demand for more comfort and digital technologies.
The first European electrical safety conference, which is scheduled for 12 to 6 PM on 20 November in Brussels, aims to assess whether the electrical installations and equipment in our homes are safe, and whether, to prepare for the growing electrification, there is a need for strengthened measures to minimize electrical hazards in the housing sector.
By European Transport Workers’ Federation
While the fate of millions of transport workers hung in the balance these past few months, in the pursuit of a new Transport Commissioner, ETF closely followed developments and has finally witnessed the conclusion to a laborious search. Ursula von der Leyen has appointed Violeta Bulc’s successor and the European Commission for 2019-2024 is set to have Ms. Adina Vălean as Transport Commissioner.
Commenting on behalf of The European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF), representing over 5 million transport workers from more than 200 transport unions and 41 European countries, was Livia Spera, General Secretary of ETF.
The workshop will provide an update regarding the AS4 Usage Profile activities and the initiatives for harmonising communication formats and protocols based on the reported issues on the joint ACER/ENTSOG FUNC platform.
CEF (Connecting Europe Facility) will present the latest updates on the AS4 conformance testing platform and the possibility for new implementors to test their AS4 product and also how to apply for funds regarding these projects.
The European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR) is an initiative promoting the implementation of awareness-raising actions about sustainable resource and waste management during a single week.
The Index of Readiness for Digital Lifelong Learning (IRDLL) is a result of collaboration between the Jobs & Skills Unit of CEPS and Grow with Google. It arose from a long-standing interest of both parties in digitalisation of education and the labour market.
The European Commission is assessing whether to extend the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) to cover the emissions associated with the heating and cooling of buildings. This paper points out several reasons why this would not be the best approach to deliver a highly energy-efficient and decarbonised building stock by 2050.
This event will bring together global concerns such as climate change and human health, shedding light on the nexus between increasing man-made natural adversities and growing health needs. It will discuss why future projects aimed at strengthening and/or developing the health sector in the Philippines should have community engagement and climate resilience as their primary objectives.
Boosting renewable energy projects on the ground requires scaling up investment. IRENA’s state-of-the-art analysis of enabling policy frameworks and finance mechanisms channel public and private investment in markets like Africa, Latin America, Asia, South-East Europe and the Small Island Developing States (SIDS).
On November 22 (Friday), ACA will address the theme From physical to virtual? Internationalising higher education in the digital age in the 61st ACA European Policy Seminar. In the one-day programme, we have packed in policy updates on the digitalisation of higher education in Europe, with a particular attention paid to the new Erasmus programme 2021-2027, and an overview of the latest developments of digital infrastructure and digital tools that are at the disposal of universities for advancing their internationalisation ambitions.
Policy-makers and city practitioners will discuss and share learnings from the Interreg ACE Retrofitting (Accelerating Condominium Energy Retrofitting) project around strategies and tools to overcome the legal, social and financial barriers of building improvements in condominiums.
The week will bring together the fire safety community and its regulators through a 4-day programme to take stock on technology, regulation and programmes and propose an EU action plan to reduce fires and their impact in Europe.
Join us and discuss with key experts the role of advanced renewable fuels for a decarbonised energy and mobility systems in Europe.
Come and join panellists from the furniture industry, testing & research organizations and representative of the fire service, who will present their views about the need not to take fire safety in furniture for granted.
On Thursday 21 November CECIP will present its vision for the European weighing industry by 2030 at a dinner event in Brussels. During the dinner organised by CECIP representatives from the European Commission, Member States and industry will present their view on the European weighing industry in 2030 or certain aspects.
This expert meeting aims at identifying the state of trade hindering and supporting factors along the line of specific measures to boost trade for the case of agricultural trade. Challenges for African and for EU actors and scope to support a shift towards continental integration will be discussed.