EIB’s Inaugural Donors Conference

The first European Investment Bank (EIB) Donors Conference will take place on 14th November in Luxembourg, at the same time of the European Microfinance Week which will be held 14-16 November.

The conference gathers EIB donors, partners and beneficiaries working together to explore financing solutions to help tackling global challenges and to create new opportunities around the world.

The event is a good opportunity to discuss key topics such as economic resilience, climate action and innovation.

Participation is by invitation and more information can be requested at events@eib.org.

More information and agenda available here.

EU RAW MATERIALS WEEK

The 3rd EU Raw Materials Week will take place from Monday 12 to Friday 16 November in Brussels. In order to address the latest news on raw materials in EU, the European Commission has planned a series of events along the whole week offering  to people interested in raw materials the opportunity to discuss together relevant issues for the whole community (i.e. policy, technology, international cooperation, framework conditions, knowledge base and others).

The highlight of the week is the 6th High Level Conference of the European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials, taking place on 14th November. Its main topic is “Raw materials for low carbon and circular economy” and it will cover relevant issues such as battery value chain or secondary raw materials for energy-intensive industries.

Full agenda of the event, speakers, practical info and registration available here

 

RURITAGE Call for Interest for Role Models – Open until 18 November 2018

The European project RURITAGE has extended the deadline for its recently launched call for interest for local actors in rural areas for joining the project as additional Role Models. The deadline, originally planned for 31st October, has been moved to 18th November. Candidate Role Models can apply by submitting good practices they have been implementing in their territories. A good practice is a successful experience, which has been tested and validated and that has reached a great impact in rural regeneration, and that deserves to be shared so that a greater number of rural communities can adopt it.

RURITAGE is a European project that aims at transforming rural areas in sustainable development demonstration ‘laboratories’, through the enhancement of their unique Cultural and Natural Heritage potential. Additional Role Models selected following this call will have the great opportunity to see their good practices promoted by RURITAGE and to share their experiences with the other Role Models and knowledge experts enabling the subsequent enhancement of the good practice in their own rural territory.

For more information about the RURITAGE project and how to become a Role Model, click here.

Deadline: 18th November 2018

Limiting global warming to 1.5°C: the IPCC report

Early October, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published its awaited special report on the impacts of global warning of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. The IPCC was commissioned as part of the Paris Agreement to produce this report. The Paris Agreement includes the aim of “holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels”. Pre-industrial levels refer to the period of around 1850-1900.

Climate change effects already visible

Extreme weather, rising sea levels and diminishing Artic sea ice are the consequences of 1°C above pre-industrial levels. The IPCC report states that human activities are estimated to have caused this 1°C global warming above pre-industrial levels, and that global warming is likely to reach 1.5°C between 2030 and 2050. However, the report highlights that warming from anthropogenic emissions from the pre-industrial period to the present will persist for centuries to millennia but that these emissions alone are unlikely to cause global warming of 1.5°C. Anthropogenic emissions are also unlikely to cause further warming of more than 0.5°C over the next two to three decades. Climate change effects are already visible. Many land regions experience a warming greater than the global annual average. Moreover, scientists observe a trend in some climate and weather extremes that are occurring more frequently and with more intensity.

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ERA-MIN 2018 Joint Call on Raw Materials for the Sustainable Development and the Circular Economy is now open

The ERA-MIN 2018 Joint Call on Raw Materials for the Sustainable Development and the Circular Economy is now open from October 31st, 2018. The scope of the Joint Call is needs-driven research on non-energy, non-agricultural raw materials (metallic, construction, and industrial minerals), to foster the sustainable supply, processing, production and consumption of primary and secondary raw materials in a circular economy.

Twenty-four public funding organisations from 15 EU/associated countries/regions and 4 non-EU countries participate in this Joint Call for research and innovation transnational collaborative projects. Partners in a transnational consortium will apply for funding from the respective funding organisation of their country/region which participates in the Joint Call. The total budget available for this Call is approximately € 14 million corresponding to the sum of national and regional public committed funds of the participating Funding Organisations and the co-funding of the European Commission.

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NCPs CaRE at Green Days – Pollutec 2018

NCPs CaRE invites you to participate to the Green Days, the official brokerage event of Pollutec 2018 on 27-30th November 2018 in Lyon, France.

Every year, NCPs CaRE supports a brokerage event organized by the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) as part of its collaboration with the EEN Sector Group Environment. This year NCPs CaRE will support the Green Days organized in the framework of Pollutec Fair, the largest international exhibition of environmental and energy equipment, technologies and services. In 2016, Pollutec Fair Lyon received 2,200 exhibitors and 60,800 visitors coming from over 128 countries.

This year, Pollutec is taking place from 27th to 30th November. The Green Days consist of a conference (in French) and a brokerage event (in English).

A Conference on Horizon 2020 funding opportunities in the fields of Climate Action and Energy will take place on 27th November. The working language will be French only. NCPs CaRE, the European network of NCPs for Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5 (“Climate Change, Environment, Raw materials and Resource Efficiency”) will be present!

On 28th-29th November,  SMEs, Groups, Research Centres, Agents, Distributors, Funding Companies, Exhibitors & Visitors will have the opportunity to participate in pre-validated B2B meetings & expert meetings to explore new partnerships. Participants will be also able to meet a representative of NCPs CaRE to discuss about their project idea for Horizon 2020 SC5 topics and receive support.

This event thus provide an excellent opportunity for interested applicants under Societal Challenge 5 to finalise consortium for the 2019 calls and prepare for the 2020 topics!

To prepare yourself for the event, have a look at our useful guide on “good practices Participating to (EEN) brokerage events”

Registration is open until 4th November 2018 !

More information about Pollutec

Report on the water sector in China: market opportunities and challenges for European companies

The H2020 project PIANO together with the China Europe Water Platform (CEWP) has recently published a new report providing an overview of the existing market situation of China’s water sector. The report investigates the main issues of water management in China and defines the overall policy framework of “Ecological Civilisation” which is driving a transformation of the Chinese economy to be more environmentally aware and sustainable.

However, China is a large, complex and confusing market to enter and there are many barriers in the way of starting and successfully sustaining a business there. Products need to adapt to the local requirements and companies will need to develop their relationships with partners and clients as well as complying with the local business processes.

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Participate to the EU-INDIA event on Horizon2020 Arctic call

 

The EU-India information and preparatory event on the Horizon 2020 Arctic Call “The changing cryosphere: Uncertainties, risks and opportunities” will take place on 19th and 20th November 2018 in Goa (India).

The event, organized by the Indian Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), the National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research (NCPOR), the Delegation of the European Union to India, the Royal Norwegian Embassy to India and the Research Council of Norway, aims to promote the call on the Arctic under H2020 programme co-funded by the MoES.

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RURITAGE invites rural communities to join the project as Role Models

The European project  RURITAGE has recently launched a call of interest for local actors in rural areas for joining the project as additional Role Models. Candidate Role Models can apply by submitting good practices they have been implementing in their territories. The good practice should demonstrate how the local community relied on its cultural and natural heritage for regenerating its area.

RURITAGE is a European project that aims at demonstrating how cultural and natural heritage can emerge as a driver of sustainable development and competitiveness of rural areas. Additional Role Models selected following the call will have an excellent opportunity to enhance their good practices through the exchange of experiences with other Role Models and RURITAGE experts. Their good practices will be showcased to a broad range of audiences with an interest in rural regeneration. The wide promotion of the RURITAGE Role Models will increase the visibility of their rural area worldwide.

For more information about the RURITAGE project and how to become a Role Model, click here.

Deadline: 31st October 2018

Public consultation on chemical, product and waste legislation – open until 29th October

The European Commission public consultation addressing the interface between chemical, product and waste legislation is open until 29th of October 2018. This public consultation follows the Commission’s analysis of the interface between chemical, product and waste legislation, published January 2018. The objectives of the public consultation is to address stakeholder reaction to these options and questions posed with regard to four issues:

  • insufficient information about substances of concern in products and waste;
  • the presence of substances of concern in recycled materials;
  • uncertainties about how materials can cease to be waste; and
  • difficulties in applying EU waste classification methodologies and impacts on the recyclability of materials.

The public consultation welcomes contribution from any interested party, including private citizens, companies, organisations, public authorities etc. The questionnaire is available here.