The conference „EU funding opportunities for sustainable energy for local and regional authorities: the case of Meshartility" was organized in CoR on 23rd June 2014. The event focused on the new financing opportunities 2014 – 2020 for local and regional authorities in the energy sector. A specific example, the MESHARTILITY project, gives support to local authorities in order to develop their Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAPs), compulsory for the signatories of the Covenant of Mayors. Additionally, presentations of new programs followed: Horizon 2020, LIFE+ and EIB.
The MESHARTILITY (Measure and share data with utilities for the Covenant of Mayors) project aims at the development of solutions and tools facilitating exchange of energy data between energy utilities and local authorities that are busy assessing local greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and planning action to address this through energy savings, energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy. These solutions and tools will help cities, who are signatories of the Covenant of Mayors, to develop their Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs).
The CoR organized on 18th June 2014. a bench-learning conference to explore possibilities for European partnerships in detail and offering an interactive participatory platform for regions and cities to explore relevant collaboration methodologies and relevant thematic areas directly relevant to RIS3 partnering. Participants are decision-makers, stakeholders and experts came from all European regions. The conference was in thematic sub-groups:
(1) "RIS3 as a process": Perspectives include implementing RIS3 to support Smart Region development, topics such as Triple/Quadruple Helix collaboration; synergy between research, innovation and regional policy; RIS3 as an economic transformation process.
(2) "Instruments for Implementing RIS3" : Perspectives include implementing RIS3 to support targeted Living Labs development, topics such as smart services; practical experimentation; conceptualizing process-based learning; smart use of multiple funding instruments
(3) "Open innovation 2.0" : Perspectives include implementing RIS3 to support Open Innovation development, topics such as open access to knowledge; new co-creation processes; innovation platforms; rapid prototyping.
(4) "Entrepreneurial Discovery" : Perspectives include implementing RIS3 to support Entrepreneurship development, topics such as university as an environment for entrepreneurial mindset; different university interlinked instruments for entrepreneurship; science-society dialogue; universities collaborating with elementary and high schools; venture capital and other instruments to encourage startup activities.
The conference „Smart products for a smart digital Europe" was organized in CoR on 17th June 2014 and it's provided with information on how Europe is addressing the challenges of the new digital landscape and how the regions and businesses can benefit from the Future Internet Public-Private Partnership (FI-PPP) program and its technological platform, FI-WARE, co-financed by the European Commission.
The event bring together key stakeholders to discuss how to accelerate the development and adoption of Future Internet Technologies and services to ensure that Europe is in the best position to capture the opportunities that will arise as a result of the new digital revolution that will affect all sectors of the economy.
In this context, EC representatives, FI-PPP industry oriented project use cases, Start-ups, SMEs, and political stakeholders discussed how FI-WARE helps in products and services development and enterprise growth.
Castilla y León Regional Government, and on its behalf the Natural Heritage Foundation of Castilla y Léon (Fundación Patrimonio Natural), organized this event on 04th June 2014, to underline the role of public administrations in energy efficiency and climate change management.
During the workshop, after an introduction about the current and future European targets for climate change and energy, lessons learnt from different European projects on energy management in public buildings and energy planning have been presented. The purpose of the event is to foster the use of life automation in energy management in public buildings as well as the implementation of Green ICT policies by local and regional administrations.
Through the LIFE DOMOTIC Project they presented the environmental and economic gains of using life automation in public buildings to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions. The results of the project show that we can reduce by half the energy bill. Through the GREEN ICT project, they presented the environmental impact of ICT and they show how IT strategies and green IT public procurement can contribute to reduce energy consumption
The 2014 edition of Green Week, the biggest annual conference on European environment policy, was organized from 3 to 5 June2014. in Brussels. A green economy is the logical solution for a resource-constrained world. It's a place where almost nothing is wasted, where the re-use and remanufacturing of products has become standard practice, and where sustainability is built into the fabric of society. In 2014 the Commission will set out new proposals enabling Europe to unlock the potential of the green economy, underlining the need to change our way of thinking about design. There was also be a focus on better waste management, and on how it can help the EU use its resources more efficiently.
Green Week offers a unique opportunity for debate and exchanges of experience and best practice. Over the past decade, the conference has established itself as an unmissable event for anyone involved with protecting the environment. The 2014 edition attracted more than 2.000 participants from government, business and industry, non-governmental organisations, academia and the media
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