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IEEE International Electric Vehicle Conference

The IEEE International Electric Vehicle Conference serves the global engineering community as a leadership platform to identify market, technology and standardization opportunities for electrified vehicles and related infrastructure. Key executives of the private and public sector, academic leaders, and standardization experts will contribute to an interactive dialogue on how to develop the transportation electrification ecosystem utilizing technology waves such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and Automated Driving. Automotive OEM’s have invested large sums in the development of electrified vehicles such as EVs, PHEVs and fuel-cell powered vehicles. This combined with mandated reductions of CO2 emissions will require the implementation of long term strategies from both industry and government on how to increase market share of electrified vehicles in global markets.

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Global leaders sign up to £31m plan to demonstrate viability of hydrogen vehicles

International project HyFive pioneers hydrogen fuel cell technology

A pioneering £31 million deal was struck on 3 April to make hydrogen vehicles a viable and environmentally friendly choice for motorists across Europe. ..read more
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Live: electromobility in Barcelona

Live (Logistics for the Implementation of the Electric Vehicle) is a public-private platform that has been set up with the aim of providing support and promoting the development of electric mobility in Barcelona as an opportunity to situate the city as a centre of innovation in electric mobility on a world-wide scale. Barcelona introduced themselves to HyER at the recent HyER board meeting in March 2014 in Berlin, and are also particpating at Metropolitan Solutions at the Hannover Messe 2014.

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Commission adopts new rules on public support for environmental protection and energy

The European Commission has adopted new rules on public support for projects in the field of environmental protection and energy. The guidelines will support Member States in reaching their 2020 climate targets, while addressing the market distortions that may result from subsidies granted to renewable energy sources. To this end, the guidelines promote a gradual move to market-based support for renewable energy. They also provide criteria on how Member States can relieve energy intensive companies that are particularly exposed to international competition from charges levied for the support of renewables. Furthermore, the guidelines include new provisions on aid to energy infrastructure and generation capacity to strengthen the internal energy market and ensure security of supply (see also here).

Commission Vice President in charge of competition policy Joaquín Almunia said: “It is time for renewables to join the market. The new guidelines provide a framework for designing more efficient public support measures that reflect market conditions, in a gradual and pragmatic way. Europe should meet its ambitious energy and climate targets at the least possible cost for taxpayers and without undue distortions of competition in the Single Market. This will contribute to making energy more affordable for European citizens and companies.” ..read more
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EU invites smart commitments of Europe’s cities

To accelerate the roll out of Smart urban technologies the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Smart Cities and Communities. sent out an Invitation for Commitments (deadline 15/06/2014) inviting all stakeholders to support the objectives of the EIP by communicating and sharing their ideas and plans for actions at the interface of energy, transport and information and communication technologies. According to the EU bringing together innovative ideas and actions from across Europe  will help develop a dynamic market place for innovation exchange and partnering to the benefit of cities, citizens and companies. The Invitation for Commitments is distinct and independent from Calls under Horizon 2020; and will help finding the right partners, facilitating synergies between city authorities and companies together with other stakeholders so that also access to finance becomes facilitated.

Submitting a commitment offers several opportunities for learning, partnering, efficiency gains and new creation of new business: ..read more
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Essen, Ljubljana, Nijmegen, Oslo and Umeå shortlisted for European Green Capital 2016

The European Commission announced last Thursday 3 April that Essen (Germany), Ljubljana (Slovenia), Nijmegen (The Netherlands), Oslo (Norway) and Umeå (Sweden) have been selected as the five finalists to advance to the next stage of the European Green Capital 2016 Award.

The Award is presented to one European city every year, commending its achievements in environmental sustainability. For the first year since its conception, cities across Europe with more than 100,000 inhabitants were eligible to apply; previously only cities with a population of 200,000 or more qualified. ..read more

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Promoting the Electrification of Transport: the EU and Québec

A summary of the meeting organised by the European Parliament Intergroup on “Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development” on Wednesday 19 March 2014 entitled: “Promoting the Electrification of Transport: the EU and Québec, similar priorities”, and chaired by MEP Gaston Franco, co-chair of the Intergroup is available here. Presentations can be viewed here.

The event brought together leaders and innovators from both the EU and Québec to discuss the future of vehicle electrification – its role as a sustainable transport method to provide energy independence, create new competitive markets, help
meet emissions standards and work towards climate change mitigation. As the title implies, the ‘similar priorities’ allowed for the two territories to come together to share their experiences and discuss solutions for overcoming both technical and political hurdles in the research, development, distribution and implementation of electrified vehicles infrastructure. Common ground needs to be made on all fronts, harnessing the support of governments, private investment and public confidence. Québec, with 98% of its electricity originating from clean energy sources, is looking to carry this trend over to the transportation sector where the associated carbon footprint and emissions account for 30% of the national total. ..read more

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EU Parliament Transport Committee approves new Alternative Fuels Directive text

On 1 April 2014, the European Parliament Transport Committee approved the text agreed upon by the EP and the Council on the Directive on the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure (COM 2013/18).

The new text still makes reference (12b) to electricity and hydrogen as particularly attractive power sources for the deployment of electric/fuel cells vehicles and L-category vehicles in urban/suburban agglomerations and other densely populated areas which can contribute to improving air quality and reducing noise. Electromobility is an important contributor to meet the European Union’s ambitious climate and energy targets for 2020. Indeed the Directive 2009/28/EC on renewable energy, transposed by Member States by 5 December 2010, sets mandatory targets for all Member States for the share of energy from renewable sources with the aim to reach an EU target of at least 20% share of energy from renewable sources in 2020, and a 10% share of renewable energy specifically in the transport sector in 2020. The following relevant articles have been adjusted: ..read more

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HyER staff receive four Tesla cars for intensive high speed EU lobbying

HyER staff were delighted to receive four Tesla cars today to facilitate the 400m journey to the European Parliament. The four cars were selected after a rigorous procurement process factoring in needs and usage scenarios – click here for a detailed explanation.

Marieke Reijalt, HyER office coordinator, said, “Until today we had to travel to key European institutons by foot, but now we can disseminate the benefits of electromobility ‘on the way’. I think this will prove to be a step change in promoting the benefits of clean transport” ..read more

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Latest IPCC Climate Report bolsters its 5 reasons for concern

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on March 30, 2014 in New Dehli published its latest Working Group II report detailing impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability associated with climate change. Releasing the report, Chris Field, Co-Chair of Working Group II said, “The report concludes that people, societies, and ecosystems are vulnerable around the world, but with different vulnerability in different places. Climate change often interacts with other stresses to increase risk”. The Working Group I report was released in September 2013, and the Working Group III report will be released in April 2014. The IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) cycle will conclude with the publication of its Synthesis Report in October 2014

The WG II report lists 5 integrative reasons for concern (RFCs) providing a framework for summarizing key risks across sectors and regions. First identified in the IPCC Third Assessment Report, the RFCs illustrate the implications of warming and of adaptation limits for people, economies, and ecosystems. They provide one starting point for evaluating dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system. Risks for each RFC, updated based on assessment of the literature and expert judgments, are presented below (integral textfrom the report) All temperatures below are given as global average temperature change relative to 1986-2005:
(1) Unique and threatened systems: Some unique and threatened systems, including ecosystems
and cultures, are already at risk from climate change (high confidence). The number of such
systems at risk of severe consequences is higher with additional warming of around 1°C.
Many species and systems with limited adaptive capacity are subject to very high risks with
additional warming of 2°C, particularly Arctic-sea-ice and coral-reef systems.
(2) Extreme weather events: Climate-change-related risks from extreme events, such as heat
waves, extreme precipitation, and coastal flooding, are already moderate (high confidence)
and high with 1°C additional warming (medium confidence). Risks associated with some
types of extreme events (e.g., extreme heat) increase further at higher temperatures (high
confidence).
(3) Distribution of impacts: Risks are unevenly distributed and are generally greater for
disadvantaged people and communities in countries at all levels of development. Risks are
already moderate because of regionally differentiated climate-change impacts on crop
production in particular (medium to high confidence). Based on projected decreases in
regional crop yields and water availability, risks of unevenly distributed impacts are high for
additional warming above 2°C (medium confidence).
(4) Global aggregate impacts: Risks of global aggregate impacts are moderate for additional
warming between 1-2°C, reflecting impacts to both Earth’s biodiversity and the overall
global economy (medium confidence). Extensive biodiversity loss with associated loss of
ecosystem goods and services results in high risks around 3°C additional warming (high
confidence). Aggregate economic damages accelerate with increasing temperature (limited
evidence, high agreement) but few quantitative estimates have been completed for additional
warming around 3°C or above.
(5) Large-scale singular events: With increasing warming, some physical systems or
ecosystems may be at risk of abrupt and irreversible changes. Risks associated with such
tipping points become moderate between 0-1°C additional warming, due to early warning
signs that both warm-water coral reef and Arctic ecosystems are already experiencing
irreversible regime shifts (medium confidence). Risks increase disproportionately as
temperature increases between 1-2°C additional warming and become high above 3°C, due to
the potential for a large and irreversible sea-level rise from ice sheet loss. For sustained
warming greater than some threshold,44 near-complete loss of the Greenland ice sheet would
occur over a millennium or more, contributing up to 7m of global mean sea-level rise. ..read more

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