Past Actions

M e e t i n g s   &   E v e n t s   A t t e n d e d

20/03/2019

GEME
EU Commission
Brussels

19/03/2019

HIGH-LEVEL CONFERENCE ON OCEANS
European Parliament Conferences
Brussels

07/02/2019

CEF transport call for proposals 2019
European Committee of the Regions
Brussels

05/02/2019

“Cooling & refrigeration’s role in fulfilling the EU’s 2050 pathway to decarbonization
EPEE & Cooling EU and kindly hosted by MEP Kouroumbashev
EU Parliament, Brussels

W e b i n a r s

29/08/2019

Measure Your Maintenance Spend to Find More Savings (on a fleet of vehicles)
Heavy Duty Trucking, Equipment Editor

24/06/2019

“WEBINAR – Get an update on the European Heat Pump Market
European Heat Pump Associa’on (EHPA)

P a r t i c i p a t i o n  t o  S u r v e y s

25/06/2019

User satisfaction survey on key quality aspects for European statistics produced by Eurostat
Eurostat

 

M e e t i n g s   &   E v e n t s   A t t e n d e d

12/09/2018THE EUROPEAN DIESEL SUMMIT – FAST ROUTES TO CLEAN AIR
EUROCITIES, the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA), and Transport & Environment (T&E)
Brussels
18/10/2018GEME
CCAB Building
Brussels

26/09/2018

Bringing down CO2 emissions on the road: Is WLTP enough?
Transport and Environment, EU Parliament
Brussels

25/09/2018

Will tomorrow’s trucks be safer?
Transport and Environment and Norwegian Permanent Representation in Brussels
Brussels

25/09/201

Will tomorrow’s trucks be safer?
Transport and Environment and Norwegian Permanent Representation in Brussels
Brussels

27/06/2018

Future car CO2 standards: Question time!
Transport and Environment, EU Parliament, MEP Mrs Dalli
Brussels

06-07/06/2018

EU Energy Week
Various events and meetings
Brussels

   Thursday 24 May

09:30 ⇨ 11:00 – 6.4 Air quality in cities; solutions and synergies with   Climate Action
11:30 ⇨ 13:00 – Closing session: Scaling Up Change for the Cities of   Tomorrow 

 Wednesday 23 May

09:30 ⇨ 11:00 – 2.4 Greening the city with sustainable urban mobility   planning
11:30 ⇨ 13:00 – 3.4 Operation Sustainability. The city greening game. Part 1
14:30 ⇨ 16:00 – 4.4 Operation Sustainability. The city greening game. Part 2
16:30 ⇨ 18:00 – 5.3 Financing solutions for sustainable cities

Tuesday 22 May

14:30 ⇨ 16:00 – Opening session – Setting the Scene: Challenges and Opportunities inthe Urban Environment
16:30 ⇨ 18:00 – 1.4 How can we set long-term urban strategies within the   framework of short-term political cycles?

20-25/05/2018

EU Green Week Brussels

11/04/2018

Truck Fuel – Less is more
Transport and Environment , Vertretung des Freistaates Bayern bei der Europäischen Union
Brussels

28/02/2018

Transition in heat: how to mobilize sufficient green sources?
DNV  GL
Brussels

01-02/02/2018

Open PM2  Conference 2018
European Commission’s ISA² programme
Brussels

24/01/2018

13th Annual Conference – Sustainable motorcycling in Europe
ACEM – The Motorcycle Industry in Europe
Brussels

 

C o n t r i b u t i o n s  t o  S u r v e y s

2/10/2018

HIGH-LEVEL CONFERENCE: EU RESEARCH AND
INNOVATION IN OUR DAILY LIFE
EU Parliament – ENVI Secretariat
Brussels

W e b i n a r s

23/10/2018

Data management and local utilities smart solutions
Covenant of Mayors and CEDEC

18/10/2018

European Heat Pump Market and Statistics
European Heat Pump Association

02/10/2018

“DecarBuilding – Decarbonize the residential sector”
European Heat Pump Association

M e e t i n g s   &   E v e n t s   A t t e n d e d

17/02/2017 
OCTA Innovation
SAINT-BARTHÉLEMY: LIVE FROM THE SMART ISLAND
Brussels

21/01/2017 
ENI After 6
Energy for Development – The role of the EU
Brussels

28/03/2017 
GREEK ENERGY FORUM
EastMedi Energy Roundtable
Brussels

29/03/2017
DG GROWTH – EU COMMISSION
GEME (Group of Experts on Machinery Emissions)
Brussels

02/06/2017
Network of the Insular Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the EU (INSULEUR IEuropean Economic and Social Committee (EESC), European Small Islands Federation (ESIN)
– Public Hearing – ENTREPRENEURSHIP ON EUROPEAN ISLANDS
– Personal Introduction of Zakinthos’  Authorities representatives to EU Services aiming at a future closer collaboration
Brussels

11/06/2017
Representation of the Free State of Bavaria to the EU
Visions of Bioenergy
Brussels

10/11/2017
European economic and Social Committee
Public Hearing – Local Energy Communities: a vehicle for islands’ energy transition?
Brussels

C o n t r i b u t i o n    t o   S u r v e y s

01/03/2017
University of Siegen , in  cooperation  with  the  Social  Science  Research   Center  in  Duisburg,Germany (‘Sozialwissenschaftliches Umfragezentrum GmbH’; technical implementation), funded by the GermanResearch Foundation (the ‘Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG’)
Research Project on the professionalization of Lobbying and Interest Representation in the European Union

W e b i n a r s

12/01/2017
CrowdFundRES workshop
Workshop on Crowdfunding for Renewables and Energy Efficiency

03/02/2017
FEDARENE – Streetlight-EPC project
SupportingEPC marketdevelopment throughEPCFacilitationServices- Key outputs from the Streetlight-EPC project

30/03/2017
CEDEC & Covenant of Mayors Webinar
How to boost local gas production from biomass or waste water: Inspiration from biogas-powered cities

09/11/2017 
Teletrac Navman  – USA
SECRETS FROM THE INDUSTRY: WHAT ARE YOUR COMPETITORS PLANNING?

14/11/2017
FEDARENE
Biogas Action

M e e t i n g s   &   E v e n t s   A t t e n d e d

07/12/2016
EU COMMISSION – DG Growth
Group of Experts on Machinery Emissions (GEME)
Brussels

11/10/2016
The European Biomass Association (AEBIOM)
COP21 – no Decarbonisation without Local Engagement on Heating and Cooling
Brussels

19/09/2016
EU COMMISSION – HORIZON 2020
Info Day
Brussels

11/07/2016
European Federation of Agencies and Regions for Energy and the Environment – FEDARENE
European Enterprises Climate Cup (EECC)
Brussels

16/04/2016
NEWAPP PROJECT – Final Conference
APPLICATION OF HYDROTHERMAL CARBONIZATION TECHNOLOGY TO BIOMASS WASTE STREAMS
Brussels

21/03/2016
EU Publications Office
Access to and Reuse of EU Legal Information Conference
Brussels

08 – 09/03/2016
IQPC – Invited Speaker
8th International Conference ‘Downsizing and Turbo-charging’
Stuttgart, Germany

23/02/2016
European Parliament – ENVI Committee Meeting
Public Hearing: Real Driving Emissions Tests
Brussels

15/01/2016
Transport and Environment – EU car testing proposals are a sticking plaster on a gaping wound
Comments and Proposals to their published position paper
Brussels


C o n t r i b u t i o n  t o  S u r v e y s

25/06/2016
PwC – Survey on the new generation of e-Government Services
WEB SURVEY on Open e-Government Services

W e b i n a r s

24/11/2016
Covenant of Mayors (CoMo) and the European Federation of Local Energy Companies (CEDEC)
Energy Storage

23/03/2016
DOW Chemical – BASF – 8over8
How to Reduce Petrochemical Project Costs and Minimize Risk)

02/02/2016
Investor Confidence Project Europe
Technical Forum

M e e t i n g s   &   E v e n t s   A t t e n d e d

 


25/02/2015 

Sustainable Thermal Energy Systems: the case of large heat pumps and district heating!
EHPA and Euroheat & Power
Brussels

26/05/2015
Transatlantic Energy Security at a Crossroads. What to expect ahead of 2020?
Greek Energy Forum, EU Commission Lifelong Learning Programme
Brussels

27/05/2015
Policy Dinner (Personal Invitation): Bulldozers, diesel trains, lawn mowers, excavators, barges: How to clean them up
Organized by MEP Mr Seb Dance, Transport and Environment
EU Parliament, Brussels

03/06/2015
Circular economy and biowaste management. Local authorities experience in Europe EUP
The Greens, Life Programme
EU Parliament , Brussels

12/06/2015
Open Standards for ICT Procurement: Saving while reducing ICT lock-in
Price Water House Coopers (PWC)
Brussels

16-19/06/2015 
Energy Week – Multiple Events

15/06/2015
‘Energising deltas – Worldwide opportunities’
European Regional Development Fund of the European Union, House of the Dutch Provinces
Brussels

16/06/2015
Energy Efficiency First
Energy Week Secretariat
Brussels

16/06/2015
25th Anniversary of FEDARENE & Roger Léron Award ceremony 2015
European Federation of Agencies and Regions for Energy and the Environment (FEDARENE)
Brussels

17/06/2015
From Isolation to Integration – Island Solution for Europe’s Energy Challenges
Scotland House Conference Centre
Brussels

17/06/2015
Heating, cooling and ventilation: How to achieve the largest savings in buildings pursuing the EU’s energy strategy
Energy Week Secretariat
Brussels

18/06/2015
High Level Policy Session “District Energy in Cities: From EU Vision to Local Action through an Integrated Approach
Euro Heat & Power, UNEP
Brussels

18/06/2015
PROMISING TECHNOLOGIES FOR WET BIOMASS WASTE VALORIZATION
ORION, NEWAPP, Scotland House
Brussels

24-25/06/2015
Conference – Islands towards smarter multilevel governance in their path to 2020
Committee of the Regions, Intelligent Energy for Europe Programme
Brussels

02/07/2015
PUBLIC SECTOR ROUNDTABLE: Paving the way to accruals accounting in Europe: challenges and potential solutions for transition
Federation of European Accountants (FEE) and Banca Monte Paschi
Brussels

02/07/2015
eni after 6: discussing the potential of the Mediterranean region in fostering EU’s security of supply
Greek Energy Forum
Brussels

08/07/2015
Energy and Geopolitics in the Eastern Mediterranean and Greece
Greek Energy Forum and The German Marshall Fund of the United States
Brussels

14/09/2015 
Policy Dinner (Personal Invitation): ‘Don’t Breath Here’, Study presentation- Support – Discussion
Organized by MEPs Mr Seb Dance and Mrs Catherine Bearder, Transport and Environment
EU Parliament , Brussels

W e b i n a r s


27/04/2015

BUILD UP Web seminar: Horizon 2020 call EE05 on deep renovation and market uptake
EU Commission, Executive Agency for SMEs

28/04/2015
Funding Public workshop on innovative financing for energy efficiency and renewables
EU Commission, Executive Agency for SMEs

30/04/2015
Investor Confidence Project Europe Webinar
Investor Confidence Project (ICP), a project of Environmental Defense Fund

10/06/2015
Drivetrain Experts of Fuel Efficiency
Heavy Duty Trucking, Meritor

30/06/2-15
Investors Confidence Project – Principles of the ICP scheme, results from early research on EU resources that can support ICP application at EU level, as well as a first draft on the non-domestic or Tertiary Protocols.
ICT Forum

29/09/2015
Covenant of Mayors webinar for Greece: Συλλογή Τοπικών Ενεργειακών Δεδομένων για τις Απογραφές Εκπομπών Αερίων του Θερμοκηπίου
Greek Office of Covenant of Mayors

C o n t r i b u t i o n  t o  S u r v e y s


05/05/2015

Biotrade2020+ survey on international biomass trade for energy

M e e t i n g s   &   E v e n t s   A t t e n d e d

14/2/2014
Group of Experts on Machinery Emissions (GEME)
Brussels

17/2/2014
Right to Water, Event organised at European Parliament (EUP)
Brussels

27/2/2014
Institute of European Studies
Brussels

04/03/2014
The new EU Ombudsman
Brussels

06/03/2014
Air Pollution at Airports
Brussels

25/03-27/03/2014
IQPC – 6th International Conference – Advanced Downsizing & Turbocharging
Dusseldorf, Germany
Invited speaker

16/06/05
Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE) – ‘High-Level Policy Conference Positive Energy Buildings – wishful thinking or (built) reality?’
Brussels

16/06 – 18/06/2014
IQPC – 4th International Conference – Next Generation Off Highway Engines
Cologne Germany
Invited speaker

24/06-26/06/2014
EU Energy Week
Brussels

01/07/2014
Small Business Standards – Small Medium Enterprises (SBS-SMES)
Brussels

29/09-30/0912014
Empowering Rural Electrification – Directorate General for Development and Cooperation – EuropeAid
Brussels

06/10/2014
Community Power: Enabling legislation and financing to increase community ownership of RES projects across Europe
Brussels

07/10/2014
BiogasHeat Final Conference
Brussels

08/10/2014
RESCUE Final Conference – Cooling
Brussels

08/10/2014
Innovative financing for energy efficiency and renewables: feedback from successful projects
Brussels

24/10/2014
International Workshop “Towards Sustainable International Biomass Trade Strategies
Brussels

29/10/2014
Italian Presidency Invitation – World Energy Outlook Special Report – Africa Energy Outlook International Energy Agency
Brussels

05/11/2014
RENOVATE Program: Securing our Energy Future through Ambitious Renovation of Buildings
Brussels

13/11/2014
Norwegian Embassy in Brussels – “The role of gas in the future energy mix in Belgium and North-West Europe
Brussels

W e b i n a r s

16/09/2014
Natural Gas Vehicles (NGVs) – Canada – Cummins

02/10/2014
Covenant of Mayors

27/11/2014
Sustainable freight transport: how to make city logistics greener?

10/12/2014
2030 EU Energy Security, the Role of the Eastern Mediterranean Region

12/12/2014
EU Commission, Horizon 2020 Energy Efficiency 2015 Calls for proposals
Information Day in Brussels

M e e t i n g s  &  E v e n t s A t t e n d e d

25/11-26/11-2013
IQPC International Conference – Ignition Systems
Invited speaker and Workshop Coordinator
     The International Conference, explored among others:

—  Gain insight into the newest developments in ignition systems for gasoline engines to achieve the strict targets of upcoming European emission legislation (presented by Mr V. CHRYSAFIDIS)
— Take advantage of modeling of modulated capacity discharge ignition systems through the latest advances in engine simulation
— Discuss the latest update on emission legislation for gasoline engines and its influence on ignition systems
— Explore the potential of Advanced Corona Ignition System (ACIS) and discuss the results of internal performance testing
— Gain insight into low temperature plasma ignition with dual functions of SI strengthening and HCCI control

20-11-2013 
CleanER-D Event
— Presentation of intermediate result of the 3 yrs programme, funded by Industry and EU, with the objective of confirming the possibility of implementation of stricter and cleaner Stage IIIB compliant engines in rail and locomotive applications.

6-11-2013
Green Shipping
Norway House
Brussels
— Presentation of developments and implementation efforts of the use of LNG in shipping,
— Analysis of best practices in Industry-State-Ship owners, on financial and collaboration schemes, in promoting LNG, by introducing disseminating and further development of innovative measures and partnerships, turning such investments to standard and sustainable practices.

10-2013 
Open Days – EU Commission
— Analysis, presentations, legislation and implementation measures, best practices, collaborations, EU funding schemes, clusters creations, etc. on EU policy, actions and Member States collaboration and action for sustainable, environmentally friendly development.

      After authorization by EU, as standard practice, the workshops authorized to follow were:
‘Involvement of SMEs in European Territorial Cooperation: How to deal with State aid and intellectual property rights in the context of ETC projects?’
       Date:08/10/2013
‘Sharing Methodologies on Financial Engineering for Enterprises’
      Date: 08/10/2013
‘Local and intermediate authorities’ territorial cooperation – towards a successful united Europe 2020’
       Date: 09/10/2013
‘Water as a crucial resource: synergies and sustainable perspectives”
       Date: 09/10/2013
‘Towards Good Governance – Enhancing institutional capacity and an efficient public administration with support from European Structural Instruments

07-10-2013 
EU Awards at European Parliament
— The European Projects Association (EPA) presented its awards of excellence in EU project management, focused on innovative information and communication technologies, as distinctive characteristics of leading cooperation networks.

30/9-1/10-2013 
CommNett Bio-economy Forum
— Forum, discussing issues related to bioeconomy, actions and implications of measures in place and planned for the future, under the more general title ‘Global Challenges and the Bioeconomy – part of the solution or part of the problem? A Communication Case’

      Some of the issues analyzed, included:
— Food Security – the bio-economy trilemma between food-feed-fuels.
— Plant Genetics – a world saver against hunger and climate threats Prof. Heribert Hirt.
— OCEANs – Is there still potential for blue growth with littered and polluted seas?

2-7-2013 
Vrije Universiteit Brussel- Faculty of Economic, Social and Political Sciences and Solvay Business School-Department MOSI – Transport and Logistics – Research group MOBI – Mobility, Logistics and Automotive Technology Research Centre

      STRAIGHTSOL Project
— Presentations of Project Members of their applicable solutions and experiences on a new, sustainable freight delivery system, towards reducing CO2 emissions, noise and citizens burden, increasing timely cost effectiveness, etc., by using delivery differentiated scheduling, new technologies and alternative transport modes and involved vehicles.

1-7-2013 
Vrije Universiteit Brussel- Faculty of Economic, Social and Political Sciences and Solvay Business School-Department MOSI – Transport and Logistics – Mobility,Logistics and Automotive Technology Research CentreEnvironmental Performance of Electric Vehicles

       The interesting Workshop presented experiences on:
— Environmental performance of electric vehicles, a life cycle system approach
— Electrifying cars:the economic potential of electric vehicles

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26/6-28/6-2013 
3rd IQPC International Conference – Off-Highway Engines
Invited Speaker

       The International Conference, explored among others:

  • — EU NRMM Legislation and next steps (Presented by Mr. V. CHRYSFAFIDIS)
  • — Learn about EU legislation on NRMM, the next steps & industry reaction,
  • — Gain insight into the new STEYR Motors 2-Cylinder diesel engine
  • — Explore latest approaches to improve efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions of off-road diesel engines
  • — Find out about electric energy recovery to better define results of prototype testing
  • — Discover the potential of NOx after treatment systems in light of Tier 4 final and Stage IV legislation

24/6-28/6-2013 
Energy Week – Various Events
— Various events, presentations, workshops on promotion of sustainable energy production, use, dissemination of best practices, from EU organizations, Trade Associations, citizens initiatives, etc..

4/7-7/7-2013 
Green Week – Various Events
— The Week’s topics revolved around air quality, pollutants emissions sources, methods of their reductions, etc.

The selected participation included the issues:
       Tuesday, June 04, 2013
Major pollutant sources and source identification
       Wednesday, June 05, 2013
How do we monitor the quality of air in the EU?
— Air quality, energy and climate change
— Air quality and agriculture in the EU
— All homework completed? The future of vehicle emissions regulation
       Thursday, June 06, 2013
–Science & evidence-based environmental policy making
— Clean fuels for clean air
— Air quality & innovation
— New ways in governance to help cities improve air quality
       Friday, June 07, 2013
— Closing session: How do we ensure Clean Air for All?

29/5-30/5-2013 
EUROSTAT week

        Organized by EUROSTAT and EU Commission, this conference explored the ‘Accounting Standards’ and mainly:

  • SESSION 1: The political context – sovereign debt crisis, economic governance, transparency and trust in fiscal data
  • SESSION 2: Fiscal transparency and public accounting
  • SESSION 3: Suitability of IPSAS and national experiences of reforms
  • SESSION 4: Accounting standards, governance, the way forward

16/4-17/4-2013 
IEE Islands – Save Energy – PROMISE project
— At this conference the results of the PROMISE project were presented. PROMISE promotes energy efficient behavior among households of some of Europe’s remote islands. Sharing information and experience, energy agencies from Samsø, Iceland, Rhodes and Tenerife aims to promote tried-and tested methods for reducing the energy consumption of households.

27-3-2013 
Belgian Ministry of Commerce – Round Table – Lobbying

       ‘HOW MAY WE HELP WITH YOUR INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT PLANS?’

This lunch round table, organized by the Foreign Trade & Investment Service of the Ministry of the Brussels-Capital Region, intended to bring together interested parties in promoting their products and services in exhibitions and fairs, in Belgium and Internationally, by using assistance from the Belgian Ministry, via tools explained and analyzed.

  • — Overview of Ministrie’s activities and presentation of export subsidies that may be available to various sectors
  • Testimonials
  • — Presentation of the 2013 activities relevant to your sector.

7-3-2013 
Eco-labeling at Pump Industry

The Workshop intended to shed light to the newest EU ECO-Labeling regulatory developments and their importance on the pumps sector. Among others were discussed
— Eco-design regulations: what is the reasoning behind them? What are the challenges ahead?
— Eco-pump work by Europump : how the concepts of “house of efficiency” and “Extended Product Approach” were developed and what they meant for eco-design developments

5-3-2013 
ELO – Agriculture – 6th Forum for the Future of Agriculture
— This annual Forum for the Future of Agriculture and of the European Landowners’ Organization (ELO) and Syngenta, the future of agriculture was debated from a European, analyzing the perspective and where the main challenges of the sector could be addressed, discussed and agreed.

The Forum focused on the food and environmental security agenda, across the European region and the future of Agriculture

14-2-2013 
DG ENTR – NRMM Consultation Discussion meeting
— At this meeting the results of the relevant public consultation (ending April 2013) were presented. In the following discussion positions, comments, opinions and further actions were discussed, so DG ENTR would combine industry’s interests and legislators proposals.

4/2-5/2-2013 
Sustainable Mobility and Integrated Planning in Urban Areas: Trade Union Dialogue with Local Authorities – Second Laboratory (Two Day Workshop)
— The initiative aims at bringing together experiences and perspectives from different trade union branches (e.g. the European Transport Workers Federation and the European Metalworkers/Industrial workers Federation), as well as the work already undertaken by trade union confederations at the national level, on sustainable urban mobility, at generating or feed the ongoing trade union debate on mobility questions, and to elaborate the key trade union demands at European level in this field, as well as identifying future strategic partnerships to achieve these demands.

   The specific objectives of this laboratory are to:

– Identify current trends and collect policy options and industry best practices which a cting as triggers in sustainable urban mobility and job creation at local level in the EU
– Address social and ecological innovations necessary to secure a Just Transition for the workforce, in relation to sustainable urban mobility, as supported by EU and UN.
–  Evaluate employment implications (challenges and potential) of sustainable urban mobility, both in terms of employment trends and quality of work
–  Develop and promote an exchange of information and good practice, among trade unions and non-union actors on sustainable urban mobility policies, tools and measures
–  Provide a basis for strategic partnerships on sustainable urban mobility at the European level.

23-1-2013 
DG ENTR – PEMS Meeting
— The meting was realized in order to provide the latest developments on the establishment of PEMS procedure in the NRMM. Various aspects were discussed, including the new, to be created, test cycle as the Heavy Duty Vehicles one is considered inappropriate for NRMM, different approaches on the issue, setting boundary conditions, work timetable, etc.

C o n t r i b u t i o n  t o  C o n s u l t a t i o n s

16-01-2013 
a) Research Project: “Impact assessment and the making of regulation in Europe: a comparative perspective”
b) THE GUTENBERG PROJECT 2012
c) Institution:Centre for Law, Economics and Society, UCL, Sondage Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA) “Etudes d’impact” , France

W e b i n a r s

8-11-2013 
INTEGER – International trends on NRMM
— In this webinar, the main presentation covered international and European legislative aspects, the global market trends, the market analysis of various major OEMs, etc.

17-9-2013 
CNG Fleet Maintenance
— In this webinar maintenance needs, techniques, points of attention and relevant topics were discussed related to maintenance on CNG engines

30-8 to 5-9-2013 
QUALCOM – Leadership – Management
— In this webinar trends in leadership management were identified, analyzed and discussed.

3-4-2013 
Covenant of Mayors Webinar (Co-organized by Greece and Cyprus)
— The webinar aimed at providing assistance and present best practices and example software for the development of the own SEAPs (Sustainable Energy Action Plan), funding schemes, etc.

27-3-2013 
Covenant of Mayors
— In the webinar best practices and award winning cases were presented in detail, providing assistance to the Municipalities adhered to the Covenant of Mayors and in their effort to formulate their own SEAPs.

2-2-2013 
Covenant of Mayors – CoMo
— In this webinar, funding possibilities, via formation of cooperation schemes among participant to the Covenant of Mayors initiative, were presented and explained in detail, The possibility attracted a lot of interest as it presented funding opportunities via resources that were not that well known, advertised, etc.

M e e t i n g s  &  E v e n t s A t t e n d e d

28-12-2012
Brussels Business Summit

  • For Belgian and world economy, simple, applicable plans, oriented for results are needed with use of public sources, regular but also innovative financing and with real implementing measures.
  • Waste produced in all stages of life (agriculture, food preparation, processes, etc.) are the new resource for new products of the future.
  • 4 Fs: Food-Feed-Fuel-Fiber–> all compete for land and we must see how to comply with all needs for humans and citizens.
  • A citizen is paying 90 € / day to treat waste (in Belgium).
  • Banks require verification on the availability of biomass before deciding to fund any biomass projects.
  • Agricultural by-products or residues are promoted via new chemical procedures to produce energy, opposing use of new plants that demand new land, in order not to compete with food.
  • Need to take care of water use and land use as well.
  • In fuel use there is a vertical structure from on company, but in bio-based procedure many participants take part (farmers, transporters, chemical firms, MS authorities, etc.).
  • New skills are needed to use all that, even new skills for farmers.
  • Interest from EU is given to infrastructure (energy transfer, roads, etc.).
  • Need to find a way to address the third countries civil conditions, compared to the more advanced ones.
  • Energy efficiency, water efficiency, food security, fish existence, etc., are goals that within RIO+ were agreed and decided EU to contribute. Early 2013, a plan will be published with the EU efforts on that approach.
  • EU is far more advanced in the sustainable efforts than the USA.
  • There is a lack of global leadership.
  • Problematic (neither ratified nor transposed nor implemented, etc.) older decisions of UN continue to cause serious problems.
  • Comments like ‘ USA politicians are corrupt’, ‘the oil lobby is powerful and is funding numerous campaigns’, were made by speakers.
  • The oC change discussed, is possible if green technologies are implemented immediately to many sectors. It may look realistic, but from political point off view this is not possible to believe.
  • Bottom up approach for solutions and contribution is taking off (cities, citizens, etc, are more willing to act and do so).
  • Top Down (authorities (EU, UN, etc.) is not that active in realistic -ready and agreed to be implemented- measures.
  • ‘Sustainomics’ were briefly presented by the ‘father’ of the term (Mr Mohan Munasinghe).
  • Sustainability is acting as a motive to produce new products, services etc.
  • More info on sustainability makes also more sense for firms trying to keep up with public opinion so more business is opening.
  • 40 cents per dollar is the current cost for firms to get sustainable globally.

06-12-2012
ACEA Annual Transport Policy Event 2012, ‘Moving with the times: How can Policy reflect changing transport demands?’

  • Stakeholders (policy makers, key players and energy sector) participated in this annual meeting looking on the transport landscape of today and on future perspectives
  • Largest share of transport is road, then sea. Only a small fraction of transport uses rail.
  • Older trucks (Euro I, II, III) contribute to air pollution by about 50% of PM and 30% of CO2 emissions in EU.
  • Euro VI technology must be vastly implemented in practice.
  • Due to increased cost and weight of trucks, MS firms will probably go to Euro V to avoid also increased cost.
  • Tolls and they way they are implemented, will play a significant role to the expansion of road freight transport and fleet renewal.
  • EU’s global competitiveness advantage and expertise via sophisticated, complying clean trucks must be maintained.

Mr Oettinger (Commissioner for energy):

  • ‘Sustainable mobility and freight transportation must be pursuant to consumers demands.
  • Fuel efficiency is a must, CO2 reduction efforts and cost instruments are important.
  • Alternative power transport modes away from oil must be developed.
  • Natural gas blended with biomethane must be explored as fuel.
  • Natural Gas (NG) use will be considered as internal market advantage of competitiveness
  • Promotion of bio-fuels (advanced bio-fuels) is a must and will get our attention.
  • Fuel labeling must be established in a clear way, providing information to citizens and avoiding confusion for consumers.
  • A Directive will be published on the development of bio-fuels before the end of 2012.
  • Electric mobility is a target, including hydrogen short and long term perspectives.
  • Smart charging (from electric grid) is a huge target’.

Mr Kallas (Commissioner for Transport):

  • ‘As expected road freight transport is about to increase.
  • The congestion issue was not scrutinised and remains an important issue. It must be resolved. Modal shift is needed.
  • His intention is to push rail to a more flexible system.
  • Infrastructure (road, rail, ports, etc.) still remains a serious problem.
  • According to foreigners (USA and others), EU has still the best infrastructure globally.
  • Weight and dimension rules, tolls and other changes will be revised in early 2013.
  • New aerodynamic forms must be used as much as possible
  • My using modern, harmonised tolling systems, crossing EU will be easy and efficient.
  • Funding of infrastructure from taxes imposed on tolls and fuel will decrease and by the use of bio-fuels the available funding sources will not suffice. New funding solutions are required.
  • Big (Mega) trucks are not an easy issue to be agreed, as objection in major (as part of EU crossing routes, e.g. Austria) EU MS is quite strong’.

Chairman of the ACEA:

  • ‘Rail is neither cleaner nor friendly for the environment as a transport mode, contrary to the common belief.
  • The main goal is to reduce the fuel consumption by 20% based on the figures of 2005′.

Andreas Renschler (CEO of Daimler Trucks):

  • ‘CO2 regulation is not needed. Fuel efficiency is important and customers use the principle every day.
  • If noise is to be reduced to 67 db, the CO2 will rise by 6,2 %
  • NOx can be lowered to 0% but CO2 will go up by 25%
  • Truck manufacturers, policy makers and users must go together’.

27-11-2012
AECC Technical Seminar on Emissions from Non-Road Mobile Machinery

  • A full day Seminar covering the latest legislation and developments related to engines covered by Directive 97/68/EC.
  • Presentations were delivered on EU future legal proposals, air quality and locally suggested for implementation measures, quality and impacts on urban areas, black carbon and influence in global warming and human health, MS experience on implemented measures on air quality improvement, retrofitting and test results on various emissions cleaning methods and equipment.

28 & 29-11-2012
Trans-European Transport Network Days (TEN-T Days)

  • The EU Commission’s TEN-T Programme, dedicates financial support towards the realisation of important transport infrastructure projects. Key stakeholders are the EU Member States which are the beneficiaries of the projects funding. This programme is of high value and will continue to gain funding.
  • Two main lines are included in the TEN-T funding scheme: The Annual Programme and the Multi-Annual Programme.
  • Different participation criteria apply to each one.
  • More than 1 000 amendments have been posted for the new programme. Those amendments of the past programmes must also be evaluated and included if considered useful.
  • In this programme, with many Priorities, studies and support studies (adaptation to climate change, reduction of administrative costs, change of storage energy facility on board, alternative fuels and propulsion, market innovation, etc.), testing in all networks, nature projects, Private Public Partnerships (PPPs) , studies promoting PPPS, studies on potential use of PPPs implementation, nature and multi-modal environmental projects, among others are funded.
  • EU has a firm decision on a modal shift from transport by road to rail by 30% by 2030 and 50% by 2050.
  • Research is not funded under TEN-T. Neither are demos, trial or prototype testing projects. Only real life, applicable and transferable projects will be funded.
  • All modes of transport are eligible for funding.
  • At least two (2) Member States must be involved.
  • Rejection reasons and specific details of prioritised projects were discussed.


21-11-2012
PROGRESSIVE URBAN DEVELOPMENT – PES

  • In Herten – Germany -a wider area where 5 mil people are living) a EU-Municipal H2 production plant is established and running. Using wind power from one (1) turbine at a distance of 1,2 km the power plant produces H2 via electrolysis and electric power is used to run electric bicycles, vehicles etc.
  • A precise energy plan is drafted on the needs and stay of the art technology.
  • Municipality of Naestved, Denmark, manages a huge budget, as a lot of people are working for the Municipality with many duties and obligations according to domestic legislation.
  • A sophisticated public transport plan must be introduced, to provide solutions for people coming to the city from the outskirts. In a similar plan, when the goal set was a modal shift from private car to public transport use, a reduction of 40% car use was achieved in the city.
  • Sustainable energy efficiency in Naestved, is certified by DGNB (a German firm).
  • In Sjostad (Stockholm), the municipal operated public houses, use appliances, installed by the building developer, of class A and some additional requirements for energy efficiency are also implemented.
  • In Sjostad, citizens meetings are organized for every issue that concerns their area, or affected in any way.
  • In a Municipality in Denmark, a congestion tax, although denied by the government and municipality, was asked by the public and it was finally imposed. As a result congestion was reduced by 40 – 50%.
  • Many energy related issues are coming from Europe via Covenant of Mayors, and going back as advice or measures, or examples!
  • It is important to learn from each other and also see the different examples and extend the idea of sustainable planning.
  • It is important to involve people.
  • Changes are made to payments systems, so new technology is used but there is not enough staff to deal with all that.
  • Facebook, internet, modern techniques, etc., are used but not so many people were touched, especially older people.
  • Private sector is interested when an opportunity arises. If a good proposal is delivered then it could be implemented.
  • Some people are there and willing to work. They are needed, but cannot be given a blank check. Each proposal must be weighted carefully, if it creates jobs etc.
  • Cost for building new, energy efficient buildings, was claimed to be 25-30% more expensive than normal structures, but it was actually 2-3% (during the 90s). So new ideas and techniques, innovations and materials developed, are always helpful.

17-10-2012
CEN-CENELEC SME Toolkit Presentation

  • The SME Toolkit was officially announced, with short presentations on its functionality, case studies, links for additional information, etc..
  • A tool by which members of CEN/CENELEC are allowed to provide comments is under revision.
  • The e-learning project, supported by EU Commission, will start in beginning of 2013. It will allow learning by use of computer and will be easily accessible and simple to understand and use.

11 & 12-10-2012
Food, Agriculture and Bio-economy Event – FAB, EU Commission

  • Research: turning money into knowledge (books, texts, programmes, training, etc.).Europe is still leading at this path.
  • Innovation: turning knowledge into money (via business, market, manufacturing, etc.). EU is not doing well at all and signs are not optimistic.
  • Innovation is driven by demand and cannot be pushed.
  • Landfill directive: calls to reduce Municipal landfills by 35% of the levels of 1995. EUP is asking for a complete landfill ban by 2012 and COM is more or less agreeing to that.
  • There is a huge lack of cohesion of policy on the bio-economy, so corrective measures should be implemented as soon as possible.
  • 50% of our food is wasted in homes, restaurants, supermarkets.
  • Our habits must change and must not proceed with the same ways as before.
  • We should change our ways based on ideas, knowledge and innovation that we have developed in EU.
  • We should also use less meat and meat products, so bio-economy could take a different course.
  • A lot of food supplements are needed to increase nutritional value of bread and other flower products.
  • Millers used to select and grind wheat according to proteins values but not any more. Now flower is chosen according to price, but the quality of bread is not good, so added supplements are needed for color, volume, nutrition values, appearance, etc.
  • In EU, the population accounted about 85 mil in 2008 over 65 years and in 2060 is expected to reach 150 mil.
  • Food strategies are to be prepared and implemented to increase food supply for EU citizens, as nutritional problems are approaching fast.
  • Food programmes from FP2 to FP7 are increasing their funding to study the nutritional sustainability issue and produce methodologies and measures (Activities 2.2, 2.3, etc.) for resolving related problems.
  • Genomics should be seen in a careful way beneficial aspects are quite intriguing.

09-10-2012 
OPEN DAYS – Covenant of Mayors (CoMo).

  • Comparison of the cluster by using an example of a grape (source) and turning it to wine in a bottle, via thousands of collaborators in trade agreements and exchanges in EU.
  • 600 – 800 grapes are needed to make a bottle of wine, but clusters use 5-8 issues per agreement.
  • Maximum running period for a cluster is 18 months.
  • Finance: 50% by EU and 50% by the project participants.
  • Before applying for funding on creation of a cluster, a check must identify other similar running in parallel projects and then a cluster should be formed with the experience already gathered by others, and disseminated via various ways, taken into account as an advantage.
  • For EU Commission, the added value of clusters is the dissemination of good practices, information, methodologies, discussions, strategic common thinking.
  • Good practices guides, manuals, methodologies are quite helpful as long as they are created in a way that transferability may be implemented. As a result, the participants individual programmes forming the clusters must comply with the same principles.

25 & 26- 09-2012 
CEN-CENELEC: Standard Days

  • Most Standards come from industry. Usually 3 yrs are needed for the development of a Standard.
  • Around 80% of Standards are created by the wish of the industry, users etc. and not by the legislators.
  • Quantification is very difficult to be precised, members should be able to provide the answer.
  • They become ‘mandatory’ in action, except some old approach Directives.
  • All standards are voluntary in their application, but more benefits are expected if they become mandatory.
  • Any one can propose a standard. Participants in the drafting of the standards include: Consumers, NGOs, Organizations (private or state), trade unions, etc.
  • The proposal goes to the WG which drafts the text, after that is sent to the Technical Committee, inquiry follows, then inclusion of results of the inquiry, VOTE follows and then the final text is delivered.
  • In order for a standards to become a EU standard it is required to get 71% of the votes. If not it must be re-examined and revised by technical committee. Votes are weighted according to the GDP of members states with voting right. (Germany and France have a ‘bigger’ vote than Malta).
  • Languages used for comments are English, French & German
  • National authorities translate the comments
  • All persons, SMES, etc. can provide comments. National web sites publish the texts for introduction of comments.
  • All work at national level on the preparation of National standard must stop as soon as CEN-CENELEC starts procedures for the creation of the specific standardization – this is called ‘the stand still clause’.
  • A short number of countries must support the creation of the new standard. There are some additional regulations and evaluations for starting the procedure.
  • It is not in the Standard to provide or point out a market need or an aim. This depends of the market, the users, the stakeholders. Standards provide guidelines not market analysis or direction.
  • The EU Standard, replaces at the end all National Standards (e.g. around 33 National standards are eliminated by the implementation of one (1) CEN standard).
  • A Standard is excellent for import and export of products as the same criteria are applicable. It ensures the safety of products by implementing the required compliance with the relevant Directives, Regulations etc. .
  • By a directive and the mandate, (political wish), the Standard is connected to law.
  • There are numerous types of standards (Fundamental-terminology, conventions, signs, symbols,- Test methods and analytical, Specs for products, Organization and management).
  • Patents and loyalty rights are included in the Standards in a specific way so that the Standard would not be impeached and prevent its implementation. Relevant specific provisions do exist and require attention.
  • The ISO -CEN standards are readjusted internally (from CEN/ ENELEC)
  • IPR (Intellectual Property Rights): Referring to a number of distinct types of creations of the mind for which temporary property rights are recognized by the law.
  • National authorities provide the copyright documents.
  • Under IPR, certain exclusive temporary rights are recognized for intangible assets.
  • Caution must be given to the moral rights. The moral rights belong to the creator, but he may loose the exploitation rights or commercial purposes rights.
  • EU Commission interacts among MS authorities to coordinate and keep aligned the principals for export and internal market regulation.

19 & 20-09-2012
EU – China Mayors’ Forum

  • The SUP – Sustainable Urban Park in Chengyang, comprises of50% residential, 25% Business (offices), 25% Showrooms, exhibitions etc..
  • Key points of design:
  • Sun position for solar and sustainable optimal energy use,
  • Prevailing wind for natural ventilation of the buildings,
  • Walking distance (with 5 km/h, in 5 minutes a 400 meters perimeter is covered, including most important parts of the park,
  • Friendliness of the areas inside this perimeter,
  • Building design differences, important to provide the ‘belong’ feeling,
  • Water consumption, taken into account,
  • Social aggregation spaces, included for human meetings, including additional socialize places,
  • Transportation systems (flows for walking space, bicycles, public transportation etc.) in separated lanes, taking into account pollution reduction, etc.
  • Energy and water are very cheap in China at the moment, but it will be more expensive in the future.
  • Sustainable construction is very important. It will prove to be a great investment for the present with huge future returns.
  • As expected from 2010 to 2015 labor and production cost will increase by around 35% in China.
  • Some firms are relocating inside China, to other areas, where local consumption is also estimated and wanted to add to the benefits of the relocation.
  • Specialized Chinese firms provide assistance to EU firms on where to invest, which location, contacts and facilitate governmental contacts, acting as liaison officers, providing different cooperation modes, etc..
  • In the 4 coming years the world population will grow by 40%
  • The high density of people in areas, joined with the emissions per person in cities, makes the pollution composition completely different in otherwise similar cities.
  • The situation is different for each city and model of development used. Not the same opportunities and targets exist in the various areas of China.
  • In every study, the analysis of emissions mix is important (industry, urban use, transportation etc.).
  • Measures and rules for green cities in China exist already for more than 20 years and are recently updated.

Questions by ProDessus:

  • When construction (of the Park) is going to start, what is the schedule, what the cost?
  • How long would it take for procedures to finalize, for an SME to come to China? (Including the need to have a Chinese partner for an SME to come to China).

Replies received:

  • The budget is EUR 500 million.
  • Start: 2013, expected to be finished in 4 years realised in 3 steps (planning, construction, sell). Selling of offices and apartments is scheduled to start in 2-3 years.
  • Finish: with no unforeseen delays and if all budget is used, it will be finished in 6 years (may exceed cost by 10-20 %).
  • An SME moving to China can stand alone. There is no need to have a Chinese co-owner, other affiliations, etc..
  • Red tape for the establishment lasts around 6 months.
  • Houses can be sold in China.
  • Cost for establishing a firm in China is negotiable and low.
  • China wants to attract SMEs. The cost for 1st year could even be free of charge.

04-09-2012
Stakeholder seminar on Passenger Ship Safety – (Dir 2009/45/EC) – Discussion on results from written and internet public consultations on the amendment of the Directive.
(Attendance by private invitation, based on the participation to the public consultation).

  • The Costa Concordia accident has drawn a lot of attention from public, legislators etc, and EU Commission is willing to take additional measures and not let things lay as they are. The safety issue is considered very important and will be pushed for further improvements.
  • The input from people responded to the impact consultation will be announced in a report, in order to circulate ideas and topics for further improvements.
  • Study of COWI (external consultant) , presented by the team leader, started in December 2011.
  • Strong comments were made on the number of ships presented at graphs (the presented numbers of ships per country were disputed (Spain 7 Sweden) and comments were asked to be submitted in writing by e-mail).
  • Safety issues, accidents numbers, type of ships in accidents and influence on safety of their structure, info on accident analysis reports were presented by very few MS and was difficult to analyze and combine or implement with other reports and issues.
  • Spain did provide accidents reports. They asked why these studies were not provided or circulated to other MS.
  • The reply (by Chair and Consultant) stated that ‘as not all MS provided reports it could take 2 years to study all aspects. For budgetary, time and other reasons, choices were made and the work continued. In any case the replies to questionnaires are only indicative so needed decisions’.
  • Internal Market issues: Some issues could not be implemented for everyone so studies were to be considered indicative.
  • Independent Consultant comment:EU Commission needs to identify the accidents rates on a rate of a passenger per day per voyage and see if these figures are high and indicative of a safety issue. If not only suppositions are made by the current data delivered.
  • As replied by Chair, ‘The objectives were clear and had to follow them. This was the intention of the study’.
  • There is a lack of accidents analysis but this must not mean that there is a safety problem
  • There is no need for more bureaucracy; this would impede progress or require more measures.

It is agreed that small companies, as family companies, depend on simple legislation and there is no need not to make their lives more difficult.

  • Historical, sailing, ships of heritage, ships are are also sailing vessels but are not covered in the presentation. Nothing was said on intra-european voyages.
  • More analysis on the definitions is needed.
  • The need We need to prevent dangerous practices, to report them as passengers, ship owners, etc., will be considered in future legislation.
  • The new proposal will be out in December or latest at the beginning of next year.

19-06-2012 
Delivering the Goods: Making Lorries Smarter, Safer and Greener

  • Various efforts and actions on amending the current freight transport specifications for more economical and less polluting delivery of goods were presented by stakeholders.
  • Presentations on technical details and advanced designs of lorries and trucks and their impacts on aerodynamics, fuel efficiency, emissions (mainly CO2), etc..
  • Problems identified with the current freight and transport lorries dimensions.
  • Presentation of eHighway trucks from Siemens: A hybrid system for freight transportation, via electrified road power-cable supply and when moving in a not electrified lane, move of the truck via hybrid engine.

23 to 27-04-2012
Gas Week 2012 – Making a clean future real

  • An event in European Parliament, showcasing the essential role of Natural Gas(NG) in the future energy market.
  • NG emits up to 60% less CO2 compared to coal burning as used for power generation.
  • Most (70%) of the world’s NG reserves are within the economic reach of EU (within a radious of 7.000 km).
  • 50-60% of EU gas suppliers are EU or EFTA States (Including Norway) and the rest reaches EU via already established routes from Russia, Africa and Middle East.
  • NG will play a major role in achieving emissions reduction by 2050 as agreed in EU.
  • More uses will appear for sectors currently using petrol and diesel.
  • Currently more than 300 000 direct jobs are provided in the EU, more are expected in the future, accompanied by a steep increase in indirect employment related to the sector.
  • NG infrastructure is expected to gain funding from EU programmes.

27-03-2012
The Launch of Green Freight Europe (formerly known as SmartWay Europe) – The road to sustainable transport

  • Green Freight Europe is an industry-led programme driving reductions of carbon emissions from road freight in Europe.
  • It establishes a methodology for measuring and reporting carbon emissions and enables improved procurement decisions and collaboration between carriers and shippers to reduce CO2 emissions.
  • It acts as a platform for companies for sharing best practices, promotion of innovations and communication of sustainable improvements on EU road freight transport.
  • Its members include leading manufacturers, logistic service providers and road freight operators.
  • The emissions are calculated and monitored through a central database. All information, analysis and proposed solutions and measures will be validated via a certification system.
  • Efforts, initiatives and actions of the various members were presented.

Question by ProDessus:

  • As mentioned on the brochures of the programme, emissions measurement and decreasing proposals are the main goals. Are particulates (PT) currently included in this effort or if not is there a plan to include them?

Reply received:

  • PT are not included. We understand the issue, we have it in mind but the main effort is to have CO2 measurement and figures in place, as contributed by our members and form a CO2 reduction plan, that would be harmonized and include as many as possible data from various types of transport means.
  • In the future, if all goes according to our plan and no major delays are met, we could consider also studying PT and identify means to reduce them.

C o n t r i b u t i o n   t o   C o n s u l t a t i o n s

13 April to 5 July 2012 
Public Consultation on Passenger Ship Safety (EU Commission-DG MOVE)

 

C o n t r i b u t i o n   t o   P o s i t i o n s

17-04-2012 
European Intermodal Association, 60/21 Arenberg 44, B-1000 Brussels

Subject: Reply toClarification request on the comment of ProDessus during the Launch of Green Freight Europe on ‘what is the use of measuring CO2 (technical not possible, or legally not bound) whereas PM would make more sense’.

W e b i n a r s

12-09-2012 
Covenant of Mayors

  • EU funding is important for Municipalities and main projects
  • NALAS: Network of Associations of Local Authorities of South East Europe is a good funding source.
  • For funding under Cohesion fund of EU, the responsibility lies to the MS Managing Authority as they do all the work.
  • A lot of funding goes to Renewable energy Sources (RES) and new technologies development.
  • Shift to low carbon economy to all sectors is an imperative and will act as key policy issue.
  • Loans and guarantees are available for local authorities.