New financing models for energy efficiency for SMEsHorizon 2020 project EPC+ has pioneered the use of energy performance contracts (EPC) in the SME sector, which allows investments to be financed by a private energy service company and repaid through the energy savings.
EIC innovators and Veolia partner for business transformation in ParisThe European Innovation Council(EIC) pilot and Veolia have joined forces to promote a matchmaking event on 10-11 December in Paris. EIC-funded companies will take the stage to present their approaches to business transformation and engage in one-to-one meetings with Veolia representatives.
21 companies paving the way in construction and mobilityOn 27 and 28 November, 21 companies funded by the SME Instrument strand of the European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot presented their ideas and business models to Ferrovial at the Impact Hub Gobernador in Madrid, Spain.
Companies funded by the EIC pilot explore business opportunities with SonaeThe European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot and Sonae joined efforts to promote a more sustainable future for food production. On 21 and 22 November, in Lisbon, 13 companies had the chance to share their projects and solutions during presentations, discussions and one-to-one meetings with Sonae representatives, key partners and like-minded innovators.
SpilLess: Native microorganisms and autonomous vehicles to combat oil spillsOil spills are one of the most damaging causes of maritime pollution. They can often turn into environmental disasters, endangering the lives of several marine species. In order to combat them, the EMFF-funded project "SpilLess" developed a system to clean sea from oil in an environmental-friendly and cost-efficient way, through the use of bacteria.
UN Climate Change Conference COP24, Katowice, 2-14 December 2018This year, several Horizon 2020 and LIFE funded projects will participate at the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The conference will be held from 2 to 14 December in Katowice, Poland. The Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) is an organiser of a side-event on raising ambition in the low-carbon transition on 6 December, chaired by EASME’s Director, Julien Guerrier. Julien Guerrier will also take part in the Energy Day on 11th December and talk about Horizon 2020 funded projects that are contributing to the decentralisation of the energy system.
Pooling resources to accelerate decarbonisation of heating and cooling needsFour Horizon 2020 projects - Heat Roadmap Europe (HRE), Hotmaps, Planheat and Thermos - discussed ground-breaking modelling tools for heating and cooling planning during an interactive workshop organised in Denmark. The workshop emphasised the importance of research, innovation and demonstration projects for thermal planning tools.
Europe’s eyes in the sky are helping to solve energy, land-use problems in AfricaScientists have created a solar atlas of Egypt, revealing where the sun’s rays shine most brilliantly and where dust storms obstruct its light. And in Niger, forecasters are guiding pastoralists towards grazing areas and water sources – and away from conflict with sedentary farmers.
11 new environment and resources projects to share €29 million of EU fundingThe European Commission has selected 11 projects that will receive around €29,7 million under Horizon 2020's Societal Challenge "Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials".
GEO Week 2018 - highlights and outcomesOver 500 people came together for GEO Week 2018 from 29 October - 2 November 2018 in Kyoto, Japan, to listen to success stories and explore opportunities for the use of Earth observations for the benefit of society. The week’s events focused on GEO’s three priority engagement areas: the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Paris Climate Agreement, and the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.