The Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission, is organising with the cooperation of the US Mission to the EU a high-level meeting on the theme ''Building a Transatlantic Scientific Bridge on Eco-Industries'' to be held on 26 September 2013
To respond to current multiple challenges at global and national level, in particular reconciling competitiveness and sustainability, countries need to use resources in an efficient and sustainable way thus creating new businesses and contributing to growth and jobs.
The High – Level Meeting will focus on the contribution of the EU-US scientific cooperation in support of the eco-industry sector on both sides of the Atlantic. It follows on from the JRC conference "Scientific support for growth, jobs and sustainability: the example of eco-industries " that took place in May 2012.
With their potential for innovation and technological development, the eco-industries, including sectors such as air pollution management and control, waste collection and treatment, renewable energy and recycling, can create economic growth and jobs, while reducing environmental risks.
The negotiations towards the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership will aim at removing trade barriers in a wide range of economic sectors, thus making it easier to buy and sell goods and services between the EU and the US and for companies to invest in each other's economy. Together, the EU and the US account for nearly half of world GDP and 30% of world trade. Each day, goods and services worth €2 billion are traded bilaterally. In addition, the US and EU have directly invested more than €2.8 trillion on both sides of the Atlantic.
An important role to overcome market barriers and to support innovation is played by standards. The European Commission's Joint Research Centre and the US National Institute for Standards and Technologies (NIST) concluded in July 2013 an Implementing Arrangement regarding scientific and other cooperative activities related to standards and measurements in fields of common interests. Cooperation fields include, among others, reference materials, emerging ICT, energy, transport, environment and climate and food safety.
The High-Level Meeting will address, at its first session, various aspects of smart and energy efficient environment, such as efficiency in buildings, e-vehicles and advanced technologies, as well as smart grids. The second session will review the innovative sustainable manufacturing sector, including areas such as Key Enabling Technologies (KETs), energy storage and critical raw materials. The third session will examine scientific support to bio-economy, water resources and waste management. The fourth session will be looking at the way forward for transatlantic cooperation on eco-industries, in particular the scientific support to standards.
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Session 1: Creating a smart and energy efficient environment
Tackling the energy and sustainable transport challenge: e vehicles, advanced technologies and smart grids
- Giovanni de Santi, Director, Institute for Energy and Transport, Joint Research Centre, European Commission
Tackling the energy and sustainable transport challenge: e-vehicles, advanced technologies and smart grids
- Keith Hardy, Director, U.S. Electric Vehicle-Smart Grid Interoperability Center, Argonne National Laboratory, Technical Advisor, U.S. Department of Energy
EV-Smart Grid Interoperability Centers in Europe and the U.S.
- Nikos Hatziargyriou, Chairman of the Study Committee C6, International Council on Large Electric Systems (CIGRE)
CIGRE AG “Network of the Future” - Electricity supply systems of the future
- Pedro Godinho Matos, Business Development Manager, InovCity Evora, Portugal, Inovgrid Business Development, EDP
Challenges and opportunities of smart grids deployment in Europe
- Dale Eppler, Counselor for Energy, Environment, Science and Technology, U.S. Mission to the European Union
Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy
- Heinz Ossenbrink, Head of Unit Renewable Energy, Institute for Energy and Transport, Joint Research Centre, European Commission
Session 2: Towards innovative sustainable manufacturing
Key Enabling Technologies (KETs)
Critical raw materials
Session 3: Scientific support to water resources management, bio-economy and waste management
- Giovanni Bidoglio, Head of Unit Water resources, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Joint Research Centre, European Commission
The quest for water innovation: Scientific support to water resources management
- Salvatore A. Amodeo, Trade Policy Advisor on Biotechnology – Europe & Asia, U.S. Department of State
Agricultural Biotechnology’s Role in the Bioeconomy – Addressing Global Trends and Future Opportunities
- Ciaran Mangan, Acting Head of Unit Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, Aquaculture, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission
A Bioeconomy for Europe – Using resources from land and sea for a post-petroleum economy
- Beatriz Yordi Aguirre, Head of Unit Eco-Innovation, Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation (EACI), European Commission
Quo Vadis waste? Our experience in EACI
- Anna Heiligenstein, Environment Officer, U.S. Mission to the EU
Sustainable Materials Management Packaging - U.S. Government Initiatives
Session 4: The way forward for the transatlantic cooperation on eco-industries: scientific support to standards