Innovation Deals


Commission addresses regulatory barriers to innovation by signing second Innovation Deal on batteries for electric vehicles

Today, the European Commission takes another step to help overcome perceived regulatory barriers to innovation. An Innovation Deal will be signed this afternoon by eight partners from national and regional authorities as well as innovators from France and the Netherlands, aiming to tackle whether regulation is conducive to environment-friendly and industrially-efficient recycling and re-use of electric vehicle batteries.

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European Commission addresses barriers to innovation: the first Innovation Deal focuses on water reuse

The European Commission, together with 14 partners from national and regional authorities, universities, knowledge centres, innovators and end-users, takes concrete steps to address regulatory barriers to innovation by signing the first Innovation Deal on "Sustainable Waste Water Treatment Combining Anaerobic Membrane Technology (AnMbR) and Water Reuse".

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Selection of the Innovation Deals

Bringing together our circular economy and better regulation goals, the European Commission has selected the following two Innovation Deals:

Sustainable wastewater treatment using innovative anaerobic membrane bioreactors technology (AnMBR).

This Innovation Deal addresses legislative barriers to make use of the value of waste water. AnMBR facilitates the extraction of energy and nutrients, and accelerates treated water re-use for irrigation. The intense reuse of treated waste water will contribute to overcome challenges of water scarcity.

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From E-mobility to recycling: the virtuous loop of electric vehicle.

The main objective of this Innovation Deal is to increase access to electric mobility by reducing the total cost of electric vehicles. This can be done through optimising e-vehicle battery usage through its full life cycle (from the car - smart charge and vehicle-to-grid - to stationary storage services).

Innovators and national/regional/local authority stakeholders:

  • Renault Nissan Alliance (the automotive industry)
  • Lomboxnet (IT and renewable energy)
  • Bouygues (energy services for sustainable cities)
  • French Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Industry
  • Dutch Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Economic Affairs

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Next steps:

Upcoming workshop on the Innovation Deals

The workshop will be organised in the second part of 2018 in Brussels and it will bring together representatives of the Commission, national administrations and innovators to discuss their experience with instruments to address regulatory barriers to eco-innovation at EU and national level. Innovation Deals, Green Deals and other similar initiatives will be presented. The evaluation report of two pilot EU Innovation Deals will be discussed.

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