The EPN Consulting Newsletter No. 112 | December 2019
The Editorial
Dear Colleague, 
Recently, the COP25 held in Madrid ended again with the usual outcome: no serious commitments on how to properly fight climate change that is happening anywhere on the planet with very tangible and destructive effects. However, in this editorial I would like to talk about Greta Thunberg, the 16 y.o Swedish girl that has rapidly gained worldwide fame as green activist when she started protesting... Read more
2020 Crystal Ball: Predictions for the Economy, Politics, Technology, and More
Every year, the editors and writers of Fortune take on the unenviable task of predicting the year ahead: in business, the economy, politics, technology, and pop culture. And 2020 presents us with plenty of major events to navigate. The spectre of recession is creeping in the shadows for the first time in more than a decade... Read more
Automated driving: EU auto makers publish ‘check-list’ for policy makers
As part of its vision to make road transport smarter and more convenient, the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) has drawn up a check-list of rules and regulations that need to be put in place to make automated driving a reality in the EU. Read more
Socio-economic and technical approaches to building stock renovation
Deep renovation of buildings has the potential to cut 36% of their energy consumption by 2030, while reducing the EU’s dependency on imported energy, creating growth, innovation and employment, reducing fuel poverty and resulting in more comfortable and healthier buildings.
EU countries are required to adopt a long-term renovation strategy, which is now set out in Article 2a of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive. Read more
Google joins New Plastics Economy as Technology Partner
Google joined the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy initiative as a Technology Partner and, with other participating organisations, will scale-up solutions to eliminate plastic waste and pollution through its latest technology. The company has recently started focusing its efforts on plastics, specifically on how their tools and technology can be applied to support the circular economy for plastics. Read more
The "European Green Deal" sets out how to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050
The European Commission recently presented The European Green Deal – a roadmap for making the EU's economy sustainable by turning climate and environmental challenges into opportunities across all policy areas and making the transition just and inclusive for all. Read more

EPN Consulting wish you all
a Merry Christmas
a Prosperous 2020 !
The Website of the Month: The European Federation of Agencies and Regions for Energy and the Environment (FEDARENE)
FEDARENE was created on 08 June 1990 by 6 regional authorities – Rhône-Alpes, Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur, Wallonie, País Vasco, Aquitaine and Nord-Pas-de-Calais. Encouraged by different programmes of the European Commission, these authorities wanted to make the voice of the regions heard in the debate on energy and environment policies at the European level. The Brussels office opened its doors in November 1991. The six pioneers quickly attracted followers and the network reached 40 members already in 1995.
The successive enlargements of the European Union extended FEDARENE’s sphere of influence and today more than 80 organisations from 23 European countries form the FEDARENE network of cooperation. It is now a crossroads for a wide array of agencies which are not only the driving force behind the development of the network, but also play an essential role in policy making. They act as producers of ideas on the regional, national, European and international levels, and as implementers of decisions emanating from these levels.

Upcoming Professional Events - find many more in our Events Section
08 Jan 2020 – Deadline to submit proposals to H2020 [EIC-SMEInst-2018-2020] call ( IA - SME-2b SME Instrument, grant only and blended finance - 1st cut-off date)

09 Jan 2020 – Deadline to submit proposals to No.6 H2020 Transport calls (RIA, IA - Stage 1)

16 Jan 2020 – Deadline to submit proposals to No.6 H2020 ICT calls

16 Jan 2020 – Brussels (BE) – “Science with and for Society” Brokerage Event 2020 (H2020 SwafS Work Programme 18-20)

29 Jan 2020 – Deadline to submit proposals to H2020 [LC-SC3-SA-1-2020] call ( IA - Smart Airports)

29 Jan 2020 – Deadline to submit proposals to the H2020 [LC-SC3-SCC-1-2018-2019-2020] call ( IA – Smart Cities and Communities)

19 Feb 2020 – Deadline to submit proposals to H2020 [EIC-FTI-2018-2020] call ( IA - Fast Track to Innovation - 1st cut-off date)
15-16 Jan 2020 – Berlin (DE) – Energy Storage 2020

23 Jan 2020 – Brussels (BE) – OASC’s annual Connected Smart Cities Conference

24 Jan 2020 – London (UK) – Managing Plastic Waste Forum: Eliminating Single Use Plastic

28-29 Jan 2020 – Paris (FR) – Paris Fintech Forum 2020

29-30 Jan 2020 – Brussels (BE) – The European 5G Conference 2020

29-30 Jan 2020 – Amsterdam (NL) – 8th SHIP RECYCLING Congress 2020

11-12 Feb 2020 – London (UK) – MOVE 2020

12-13 Feb 2020 – Tampere (FI) – WINTER ROAD CONGRESS 2020 (by ERF)

19-20 Feb 2020 – London (UK) – Battery Recycling Europe Conference
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