The EPN Consulting Newsletter No. 114 | February 2020
The Editorial
Dear Colleague, 
The hot topic of these weeks is the Coronavirus that started in some areas of China and spread to some countries in the world, including Europe. Apart from usual hygienic measures that should have always been common among all of us – and not only in this period – such as washing hands frequently and properly as well as avoid coughing/sneezing without protection, what I noted is the lack of coordination in the EU about how to deal with this issue. Read more
Walking, Cycling and PT in cities remain greener mobility options than electric scooters or car ride-hailing
The growing use of electric scooters and ride-hailing services is transforming how we move in urban centres — but walking, cycling and public transport remain the best way to improve sustainable mobility in cities, according to a European Environment Agency (EEA) report recently published.
European Commission and European Investment Fund launch €75 million BlueInvest Fund
The EC is partnering with the European Investment Fund, part of the European Investment Bank Group (EIB), to launch the BlueInvest Fund. During the BlueInvest Day conference in Brussels, EIB Vice-President Emma Navarro and Virginijus Sinkevičius, Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, launched a €75 million equity investment fund for the blue economy. Read more
Green transport set to overtake cars in world's major cities by 2030
Private car trips will drop by 10% on average by 2030 to make up less than half of all city journeys, while public transport, walking and bicycle will all increase in popularity, the Mobility Futures study found. "Cities are beginning to understand...".
White Paper on Artificial Intelligence: a European approach to excellence and trust
Artificial Intelligence is developing fast. It will change our lives by improving healthcare (e.g. making diagnosis more precise, enabling better prevention of diseases), increasing the efficiency of farming, contributing to climate change mitigation and adaptation, improving the efficiency of production systems through predictive maintenance, increasing the security of Europeans, and in many other ways that we can only begin to imagine. Read the White Paper
EU Energy datasheets – latest data now available
Did you know that renewables are currently the leading source of electricity generation in the EU? This information and much more is available in the latest biannual energy statistical country datasheets. The February 2020 update includes the Eurostat 2018 energy data and cover all EU Member States and present in a comparative... Read more
The Website of the Month: The European Travel Commission (ETC)
Established in 1948, the European Travel Commission is a unique association in the travel sector, representing the National Tourism Organisations of the countries of Europe. Its mission is to strengthen the sustainable development of Europe as a tourist destination.

In the last several decades, ETC has positioned itself at the forefront of the European tourism scene, establishing its expertise and building up partnerships in areas of tourism, based on promotion, market intelligence and best practice sharing.
ETC has the long-term aspiration of setting up a new unique forum in which public and private tourism stakeholders can cooperate to create benefits and eliminate disadvantages for the travel industry in Europe. For this purpose, the organisation extends its membership to private organisations and academia, through the Associate Membership Programme.

Upcoming Professional Events - find many more in our Events Section
18 Mar 2020 – Deadline to submit proposals to H2020 [EIC-SMEInst-2018-2020] call (IA – SME Instrument 2nd cut-off date)

21 Apr 2020 - Deadline to submit proposals to No.14 H2020 TRANSPORT calls (RIA, IA, CSA) 

21 Apr 2020 – Deadline to submit proposals to H2020 [MG-BG-03-2020] call (RIA – Under water noise mitigation and environmental impact)

21 Apr 2020 - Deadline to submit proposals to No.4 H2020 BATTERIES calls (RIA, IA)

21 Apr 2020 - Deadline to submit proposals to No.4 H2020 GREEN VEHICLES calls (IA, CSA)

21 Apr 2020 - Deadline to submit proposals to No.2 H2020 AUTOMATED ROAD TRANSPORT calls (IA)

21 Apr 2020 - Deadline to submit proposals to No.6 H2020-SC3-RES calls (RIA)
03 Mar 2020 – Brussels (BE) – The 5th FUTURE OF TRANSPORT Conference

03-05 Mar 2020 – Karlsruhe (DE) – IT-TRANS 2020

04-05 Mar 2020 – Brussels (BE) – ROAD USER CHARGING Conference 2020

04-05 Mar 2020 – London (UK) – ENERGY from WASTE

05-06 Mar 2020 – Milan (IT) – BIOGAS ITALY

08-13 Mar 2020 – Frankfurt (DE) – LIGHTING+BUILDING – The world’s leading trade fair for lighting and building services technology

10 Mar 2020 – Paris (FR) – Sustainable Investment Forum (SIF) Europe 2020

11-12 Mar 2020 – London (UK) – SMART IOT
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