A short EU Update (2012-07-05)

A short EU Update (2012-07-05)

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On June 13 negotiators from the Danish presidency, the European Commission, and the European Parliament agreed to the EU’s first-ever energy efficiency law, a package of measures estimated to reduce the energy consumption by 17% by 2020.
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Greener EU budget from Cyprus?
As Denmark prepares to hand over the rotating presidency to Cyprus, one of the hottest issues on the table is the EU’s next budget for the 2014-2020 period. The Danish EU presidency says it has negotiated an EU budget for 2014-2020 that is “seriously open” to investments in climate-friendly technologies at the regional level. But despite the Danish proposal, efforts to ’green’ the EU budget have remained modest, environmentalists say.
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Vinnova siktar mot Horizon 2020
EU:s ramprogram för forskning och innovation blir en allt viktigare finansiär. De täcker områden där Vinnova är starka, och vi tar redan en tydlig roll som experter i kommittéer som utformar utlysningar. Nu behöver Sverige koppla arbetet på̊ EU-nivå̊ bättre till nationella förutsättningar för att utnyttja möjligheterna i det kommande Horizon 2020.
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Renewable energy in Cities
The CONCERTO communities generate electricity from renewable energy to the extent of 200 GWh per year. This is joined by 300 GWh of thermal heat. In the scope of the CONCERTO 58 cities and communities in 23 European countries are collaborating on the development of sustainable, energy-efficient urban districts. In the process they are utilising a varying blend of efficiency technologies and renewable energy, depending on local conditions.
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