Press release in French.
On the 10th December, EPSU is opening up a public debate on the future of Europe’s energy system. In light of the European Green Deal and the European Commission’s commitment to a Just Transition, EPSU is bringing together environmentalists and trade unionists discuss the framework of the continent’s energy system.
Few countries are in a better position to benefit from the blue bioeconomy than Iceland. For much of its modern history, the North Atlantic nation’s economy relied on the sea. Fish and fish products still make up about 40% of Iceland’s commodity exports.
Madrid, 2 December 2019
The new report highlights the relevance of the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) in offering unique opportunities for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to de-risk their investment in the bio-based industries. BBI JU also provides a unique opportunity to scale-up their technologies, access markets and get recognition, while protecting the ownership of their technologies and know-how.
The European Commission and the European Investment Bank announce the selection of an Investment Advisor for the upcoming European Circular Bioeconomy Fund. The fund aims to provide financing for innovative circular bioeconomy companies and projects in the EU and in countries associated with the Horizon 2020 programme.
A more circular economy could reduce global levels of raw material extraction by 10% by 2030, a new study suggests. It could also drive a slight increase in overall employment levels, but the types of jobs available would change significantly, moving away from low- and medium-skilled work in the manufacturing and mining sectors and opening up more opportunities for medium and high-skilled jobs in the service sector.
A team of BBI JU-funded scientists and business developers have built and successfully demonstrated a biorefinery for separating sugar beet pulp (SBP) into high-value, environmentally friendly products for various markets.
The successful European Entrepreneurial Region (EER) scheme, which celebrated its 10th anniversary this year, has been modernised and renewed for upcoming five years. Each of the annual calls for applications between 2021 and 2025 will have a lead theme, which is linked with the EU policy agenda and relevant to regional and local level. The EER 2021 label will be dedicated to promoting entrepreneurship for a green and sustainable future and will be open for applications from EU regions and cities until 31 March 2020.
“The green energy transition is not an option but a necessity. I see a pivotal role for clean hydrogen…it is an area where Europe is still leading. Why not extend the lead on something that could be one of the most important solutions for clean energy?” said Frans Timmermans, First Vice-President of the European Commission, in the opening session of the 2019 Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) Stakeholder Forum, on 21 November in Brussels.
This year we are delighted to announce that at our Christmas Lunch we will be joined by Dr Joanna Drake, Deputy General of DG ENV, who will lead a festive discussion about Ms von der Leyen’s Green Deal.