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In this section we follow activities related to EU funded demonstration projects in Western Sweden. The aim is to provide actors with relevant information to support them in the process to initiate project consortia, apply for funding and to run projects with demonstration activities in Western Sweden and Europe.

Below you find the bi-weekly newsletter (which you also receive through our LinkedIn group) Under EU Funding you find useful information about open calls and resources for applicants. Under EU Projects you find information about on-going EU-funded projects, either with demonstration activities in Western Sweden or with only participants from Western Sweden.

EU update for the GAME Network

EU investigates Swedish biofuel fixing
The European Commission said on 7 December that it had opened a formal biofuelsantitrust investigation to look into suspicions that three ethanol producers have colluded to manipulate benchmark prices used by the industry. The Commission said in a statement it was assessing the actions of Abengoa SA of Spain, Belgium’s Alcogroup SA and Lantmännen ek for of Sweden after unannounced inspections over the past three years.
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Breakthrough Energy Coalition
bill gates
As COP21 opened in Paris 30 November, Bill Gates announced the “Breakthrough energy coalition” uniting the efforts of two dozens of other billionaire philanthropists such as Richard Branson, Mark Zuckerberg, and Jeff Bezos to sponsor energy that doesn’t produce carbon. Nineteen governments, including the United States, China, Sweden and India, will join in a “Mission Innovation” initiative that commits governments to a doubling of public investments in basic energy research over the next five years.
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700 cities promise renewable energy transition by 2050
The mayors of 700 cities have committed to generating 100% of their energy from cities for climaterenewable sources by 2050. 700 city mayors from around the world met in the margins of the COP21 at the Paris town hall on 4 December to pursue a more ambitious agenda than that supported by their national governments. Their message was clear: cities, which are responsible for around 70% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, want to reach beyond the commitments of their national governments and lead the fight against climate change.
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EU update for the GAME Network

Circular economy roadmap – the next step
circular economyThe Commission is aiming to present a new, more ambitious circular economy strategy late in 2015, to transform Europe into a more competitive resource-efficient economy, addressing a range of economic sectors, including waste. As part of the process, the Commission has run a public consultation on the subject and the contributions are now published.
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EU boost energy efficiency investment retrofitting The European Commission initiative, to be
launched next year, will make it easier for smaller energy efficiency projects, such as building renovations, to get EU funding. The plan, “a matter of priority”, is mentioned in a leaked draft of the executive’s forthcoming State of the Energy Union report. The leaked draft signals a renewe
d focus on enforcement. “To drive down emissions, effective enforcement of regulatory standards is of critical importance. This work acquires extra importance in the aftermath of the Volkswagen affair,” it said.
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EU leadership in Ocean Energy under threat
Ocean energy
European regions in the United Kingdom, France, and Ireland are world leaders in pioneering ocean energy, but risk losing that status to international competitors, unless public support for the technology is stepped up. Local authorities in Scotland, Wales, and Brittany, have secured nati
onal and EU funding to run expensive test projects. Ocean energy is an umbrella term covering a number of different technologies. Demonstrating that the renewable system works is vital to entice private investors, put off by high testing costs, to back the technology. Without publicly supported capital intensive demonstrations, private investors won’t back ocean energy.
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EU update for the GAME Network

 EU heating strategy draft favours district heating
P1501 sefRenewable energy already accounts for 26% of electricity production in the EU but just 16.4% of heating and cooling. Heating and, to a lesser degree, cooling account for around 40% of European Union energy consumption, but are only indirectly targeted by existing EU policies, which focus more on power production with renewable energy. The Commission will probably publish its heating and cooling strategy in February.
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EU countries call for limits on truck CO2 emissions
P1501 volvo_truckBritain and three other countries have joined calls for mandatory EU limits on the amount of CO2 pumped out by trucks, which account for 30% of road transport emissions. The European Commission has introduced a limit of 95 grams of CO2 per kilometre (g/km) by 2021 for cars and vans, but emissions from heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs) are unregulated. The United States by contrast in June proposed tighter standards on truck emissions.
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Sweden leaves CCS comeback ‘action plan’
P1501 ccs_sleipnerCreating European hubs to capture and store carbon dioxide would be the cheapest route to low-carbon energy. Carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology has failed so far in Europe to draw enough investment. To overcome that, the Zero Emissions Platform (ZEP), an industry group that advises the European Commission, has presented an action plan that includes CCS hubs, straddling industries and even national borders, to allow economies of scale. ZEP brings together companies such as Shell, Total, BP and Statoil. But four utilities, including Germany’s RWE and Sweden’s Vattenfall quit the platform, saying CCS was too costly.
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