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13.11.2020: "EU-programmes – Discover the opportunities for the public sector" event 

(Recorded live stream)


Commission Launches Offshore Renewable Energy Strategy

By Iben Dahl, 19 November 2020

Webinar: Implications of the proposed EU battery regulation on battery value chains

By Iben Dahl

An offshore wind capacity of at least 60 GW and 300 GW by 2030 and 2050, respectively – these are the overarching goals of the new European strategy on offshore renewable energy. 
Other emerging ocean energy technologies that are less developed, like floating wind and solar, should also contribute 40 GW by 2050.  
Whereas the promised contribution to the reduction of climate gas emissions implied by the threat of climate change is fundamental, said ambitions are also motivated by their potential value creation in the form of green jobs and economic growth. This is enshrined in the EU’s green growth strategy European Green Deal and the long-term strategy "A Clean Planet for All" from 2018. Citing the superior size of its sea basins as well as Europe’s leading role in technology development, both allocate a substantial role for offshore renewable energies (ORE) and offshore wind in particular. 

Read more here.

Background The European Commission presented its Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and the Council concerning batteries and waste batteries, repealing Directive 2006/66/EC and amending Regulation (EU) No 2019/1020, 10 December; one day after its expected launch. The much-awaited regulation takes a full life-cycle approach, hence affecting actors across the whole value chain. Organised jointly by the Mission of Norway to the EU, Eyde Cluster, South Norway European Office, and NorCore, the webinar aimed to shed light on implications of the proposed regulation for the spectrum of stakeholders. 

Following Stina Torjesen's opening remarks, the European Commission Head of Unit at DG Environment Mattia Pellegrini gave an overview of the proposal. He opened by stressing the urgency with which the regulation has been put in place. An important next point was the novelty in terms of the procedure to produce legislation represented by the battery regulation in terms of its full life-cycle approach. 

Main takeaways from Pellegrini were elegantly summed up by Stina Torjesen: 
The regulation sets:

1.     Sustainability and safety requirements for batteries: Notably through carbon targets for Co2 footprint. These will come in stages.

Read more here.

Discovering Opportunities within EU Programmes: Virtual Norcore event Targeting Public Sector

13 November 2020  











"You are innovative, you achieve results, and you add value". 

These were the enchanting words of Minister of Research and Higher Education Henrik Asheim, at our webinar on 13 November. Under the title "EU Programmes – Discover the Opportunities", speakers elaborated on the status quo as well as on the potentials to be harnessed, from both EU and Norwegian public sector sides.  

"I am very pleased that the Norwegian public sector is so interested in knowing more about these new opportunities and how to use Erasmus+ as an effective knowledge and programme tool", Deputy Director-General at DG EAC Viviane Hoffman said.  

A Norwegian panel boasted representatives of the Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities (KS), Trondheim Municipality, City of Oslo and the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL).  

Also from European Commission was Deputy-Director general at DG RTD Patrick Child. Together with Hoffmann, he elaborated on what is new within the Erasmus + and Horizon Europe within the upcoming EU multiannual financial framework.  

Focusing on EU programmes within research, innovation and education, the webinar came timely as the next programme periods is set to start by the turn of the year.  

"Our programmes for 2021-27 will offer more opportunities to strengthening knowledge ecosystems", Hoffmann asserted. Resonating recent communications on the European Education (EEA) and Research (ERA) Areas, she voiced the importance of synergies between different schemes, which is integral to the next framework programmes. 

From the Norwegian panel, speakers inspiringly briefed on how they harness EU opportunities. 

"I am very pleased to share with you that we have managed to increase the number of projects", senior adviser at City of Oslo Anita Lindahl Trosdahl said. She added that the value of their portfolio has also increased.  

"So really, this is money well spent", she concluded.  

The event was moderated under the steady leadership of Science Business' Simon Pickard. Input was also provided by Secretary of State Aase Marthe Horrigmo and, on behalf of Ambassador to the EU Rolf Einar Fife, Deputy Chief of The Norwegian Mission to the EU Per Sjaastad. Heads of the three organisations constituting NorCore – the Research Council of Norway, Innovation Norway and Diku, also fed in pitches by video.  

A joint event composed in close dialogue with the regional and KS offices, the webinar was the broadest online event from NorCore to date.  

You can watch the webinar here.   

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