Bioenergy Insight 2017 Conference & Expo, Edinburgh, 4-5 October

EUBIA is supporting the Bioenergy Insight 2017 Conference & Expo, taking place in Edinburgh, 4-5th of October.

The Bioenergy Insight Conference & Expo brings together producers and stakeholders to discuss about the latest developments and the future of the bioenergy industry. The event, co-hosted by the Biofuels International Conference & Expo, represents an excellent networking opportunity.  Over 200 delegates are expected to convene to hear top-level presentations on an array of bioenergy related topics such as plant financing, coal to biomass, sustainability, market challenges and wood pellets.

The attendees will have the opportunity to benefit  as well from site visits and whisky tour.

Register for the Conference & Expo, EUBIA’s members can benefit from a 15% discount.

For more information visit:  http://bioenergy-news.com/conference/index.php

 

 

EUBCE Call for papers open

EUBCE has opened a call for scientific or industry oriented abstracts on the bioenergy sector that will be evaluated by the respective Scientific or Industry Committee, and contribute in defining the Conference Programme of the 26th EUBCE.

For more information visit the EUBCE webpage.

 

COST Action open call, next deadline 7 September 2017, 12:00 noon (CET)

COST (European Cooperation in Science & Technology) is a European framework fostering  trans-national cooperation of researchers, engineers and scholars in Europe.

COST Actions are science and technology networks open to researches and stakeholders, with the aim of developing networking activities such as workshops, conferences, training schools, short-term scientific missions (STSMs), and dissemination activities, for a duration of four years.

Submit your COST Action proposal before the next collection date 7 September 2017, 12:00 noon (CET).

For more information visit the COST webpage.

 

Last chance to apply for the EU-Sponsored Low Carbon Business Action in Brazil Matchmaking Mission

The matchmaking mission aims to foster business relations between EU and Brazilian SMEs on the areas of Solar FV, Wind and Biomass (Renewable Energy) and will be held in line with an important Renewable Exhibition in Brazil – All About Energy  http://allaboutenergy.com.br/AAE2017

80% Travel costs and full accommodation are covered by the EU-funded  project.

Last slots available for the Biomass sector.  Apply at: http://www.lowcarbonbrazil.com/invite?mm=RENEW-EU.

Deadline: Sunday, 3rd of September 23:59 BRT.

Click here for more information about the matchmaking mission.

Günther Oettinger: avoid cuts to the EU research budget for 2021-2027 budget cycle

Shortly, the EU will have to face the loss of UK’s €11B annual contribution, the second biggest contribution after Germany. Günther Oettinger, EU Commission budget chief, affirms its willingness to avoid cuts to research programmes, if any reduction is needed to be introduced. Commissioner Oettinger comes from a region in Germany, Baden-Württemberg,  that spends 5% of its GDP on research. Same position was taken by the EU Research Commissioner Carlos Moedas, who hopes to see an increase of EU research and innovation spending on the next EU budget cycle.

Other solutions may be introducing cuts to other EU programmes, increasing contributions from net contributors such as Germany, The Netherlands, and Sweden, or introducing financial or environmental taxes as a new source of revenue.

For more information read the news here.

Interreg North-West Europe call for proposals

The next Interreg North-West Europe 2014-2020 call for proposals will be open from the 16th of October to the 17th of November 2017. The call aims to support transnational cooperation initiatives with project proposals addressing main challenges of the North-West Europe area.  The themes selected for the 2014-2020 period are the followings: innovation, low carbon, resource and material efficiency.

Several info day events will be taking place in UK, Netherlands, Germany, France and Belgium (21s of September) before the call opening.

Air pollution in Europe highly affected by emissions deriving from agriculture and transport

The European Environment Agency (EEA) published a briefing on “NEC Directive reporting status 2017”, which contains information on how Member States are meeting their emission ceilings under the NEC directive. The NEC directive restricts emissions for five key air pollutants: nitrogen oxides (NOx), non-methane volatile organic compounds (NMVOCs), sulphur dioxide (SO2), ammonia (NH3) and fine particulate matter (PM2.5). Based on the data, 11 Member States have exceeded their respective emission ceilings for one or more pollutants in 2015.
At the EU level, emissions for three pollutants (NMVOCs, SO2, and fine particulate matter PM2.5) are already below the EU’s 2020 emission reduction commitment. Only for NOx a further reduction of 9 % is required by the EU as a whole in order to meet the 2020 commitment. Emissions of NH3 increased across the EU, by 1.7 % from 2014 to 2015, due to higher emissions from the agriculture sector.

Publication of Guide on Biomass to Energy

The International Financial Corporation (World Bank Group) published a guide on biomass to energy, addressed to investors of the energy market. Enhancing access to power is a key priority for IFC and biomass is a crucial contributor in order to meet the energy needs in emerging countries.  Click here to read the full report.

The European Commission Urban Water Atlas for Europe

The Urban Water Atlas Europe published by the EC Joint Research Centre on April 2017, shows  how the different management choices as well as factors such as waste management, climate change and food preferences affect the long-term sustainability of water usage in more than 40 European cities. The atlas aims to encourage water conservation and inform citizens, local authorities and experts about good practices of an efficiently and sustainably water usage. The Atlas provides a City Blueprint tool and City Amberprint tool. A similar Atlas has been previously published on forest tree species and soil biodiversity.

Results from the public consultation identifying challenges for future Common Agricultural Policy

The Online Public Consultation on modernising and simplifying the CAP was launched on 2 February 2017 with the aim of collecting views from farmers, organisations and other interested parties on the current CAP and future changes. According to the results, the main goals of CAP should be: keep the status quo of a common agricultural policy managed at EU level; support farmers (in terms of increasing their incomes); as well as protect the environment, biodiversity and ensure sustainable use of pesticides and fertilisers.