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Digital for our Planet | CONNECT University Summer School 2021

The current changes in the planet's climate are transforming our world. An understanding of the climate emergency and its future implications is imperative for the future of Europe. With the aim of empowering people to a human-centered, sustainable and more prosperous digital future, CONNECT University is organising from 21 June until 2 July 2021 a special sixth edition of Summer School that aims to share knowledge and information about the way climate change is interconnected with digital transformation.

 
A European perspective on the role of digital in accelerating the transition to a green economy - Connect University

The Connect University will kick off its 2021 thematic summer school programme dedicated to Digital for our planet with a special introductory session on “A European perspective on the role of digital in accelerating the transition to a green economy”, exploring the way digitalisation can help sustainability and how digital innovation and solutions can contribute to tackle climate change.

 
Commission to invest €14.7 billion from Horizon Europe for a healthier, greener and more digital Europe

The Commission has adopted the main work programme of Horizon Europe for the period 2021-2022, which outlines the objectives and specific topic areas that will receive a total of €14.7 billion in funding. These investments will help accelerate the green and digital transitions and will contribute to sustainable recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and to EU resilience against future crises. They will support European researchers through fellowships, training and exchanges, build more connected and efficient European innovation ecosystems and create world-class research infrastructures. Moreover, they will encourage participation across Europe and from around the world, while at the same time strengthening the European Research Area.

 
B2G data sharing in energy – 3rd B2G Data Sharing Workshop

Smart energy management in cities is a key to achieving the green and digital transition. This was the focus of the third in a series of five workshops on business to government (B2G) data sharing in cities. Helsinki, Rennes Metropole and Milan shared their experiences, followed by an engaging discussion with around 30 European cities.

 
Living-in EU and the Covenant of Mayors on ‘How Local Digital Twins can contribute to the European Green Deal/ transition'

The workshop aims to discuss the twin digital and green transition, with a particular focus on the potential of Local Digital Twins. It will feature high level keynote speeches and a panel discussion on the twin digital and green transition at local level with city mayors. Breakout sessions will explore how cities and communities are using local digital twins to drive efficiencies in service delivery and reduce emissions, led by practitioners from cities and research institutes from across the EU. The workshop is organised in the context of next meeting of Living-in EU signatories, in conjunct

 
Digital Day 2021: EU countries commit to key digital initiatives for Europe's Digital Decade

Today, at the online Digital Day 2021, Ministers representing EU Member States signed three Declarations to pool efforts and resources to promote international connectivity, incentivise the rollout of clean digital technologies and improve the regulatory environment for start-ups and scale-ups. These tangible commitments will help accelerate Europe’s green and digital transformation and will contribute to the vision and goals of Europe's Digital Decade.

 
Digital Day 2021

Digital Day 2021 will take place on 19 March as a virtual event, organised by the European Commission in cooperation with the Portuguese Presidency.

 
EU countries commit to leading the green digital transformation

26 Member States and Norway and Iceland have signed a declaration to accelerate the use of green digital technologies for the benefit of the environment. They will deploy and invest more green digital technologies to achieve climate neutrality and accelerate the green and digital transitions in priority sectors in Europe, for example by using the NextGenerationEU and InvestEU funds.

 
Open Market Consultation: Scaling up energy generation from ocean waves

Ente Vasco de la Energía (ES) and Wave Energy Scotland (UK) invite potentially interested bidders to participate in the online open market consultation event for their upcoming EUROPEWAVE pre-commercial procurement on 26 April 2021. Aim is to speed up the move towards a low carbon economy by scaling up solutions for generating energy from tidal waves in the Atlantic Ocean. This transnational buyers group is looking for cost-effective, reliable and high performant wave energy converter systems for electrical power production that can survive in the harsh and unpredictable ocean environment.

 
EU Industry Days 2021

Europe's biggest flagship annual event on industry, the EU Industry Days, will take place in a virtual format from 23 to 26 February. This fourth edition will take stock of the current economic and social context due to the pandemic across industrial ecosystems, and discuss how the European industry is transforming to become greener, more digital and more competitive in a changing global environment.

 
EU to set up new European Partnerships and invest nearly €10 billion for the green and digital transition

The Commission has proposed to set up 10 new European Partnerships between the European Union, Member States and/or the industry. The goal is to speed up the transition towards a green, climate neutral and digital Europe, and to make European industry more resilient and competitive. The EU will provide nearly €10 billion of funding that the partners will match with at least an equivalent amount of investment.

 
Destination Earth (DestinE) Architecture Validation Workshop - Summary Report

The purpose of the DestinE Architecture Validation workshop, held on 26 November 2020, was to present the state-of-play and the progress made regarding the design of DestinE’s architecture, receive targeted feedback from experts on specific matters related to it, and refine the proposed architecture approach.

 
Green Deal: Sustainable batteries for a circular and climate neutral economy

The European Commission proposes to modernise EU legislation on batteries, delivering its first initiative among the actions announced in the new Circular Economy Action Plan. Batteries that are more sustainable throughout their life cycle are key for the goals of the European Green Deal and contribute to the zero pollution ambition set in it. They promote competitive sustainability and are necessary for green transport, clean energy and to achieve climate neutrality by 2050. The proposal addresses the social, economic and environmental issues related to all types of batteries.