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About us

 



                          
    Vasileios A. CHRYSAFIDIS


Vasileios is an independent consultant, acting as Manager of ProDessus.

He originally moved to Brussels in 2007 as a Seconded National Expert to the EU Commission (DG ENTR) acting as Policy Officer
for Directive 97/68/EC (regarding exhaust emissions from Non Road Mobile Machinery – NRMM) and substitute Policy Officer
for Directive
2000/14/EC (regarding noise emission in the environment by equipment used outdoors). During that time,
he worked on Impact Assessments, on amendment
s of the Directive, on legislative discussions, on the 1st screening of the adapted
national legislation for the accession of Croatia to EU. He drafted briefings and represented DG ENTR in various committees,
working groups and UNECE. He worked closely with EU organizations, Member Sates and USA authorities, Industry, SMEs
and Trade Associations.

 At the beginning of 2010, he was recalled back to Greece where he dealt with environmental issues - biogas, biomass
(replacement of conventional heating systems using tree clippings), photo voltaic studies, etc. Additionally he was appointed
as the Coordinator for the adhesion of the local authority to the Covenant of Mayors (drafting of questionnaires on fuel use
and CO
2 emissions and of statistical analysis of collected data) and creating a valid inventory database on fuel consumption
(transport, heating, Municipal, public and private fleet) in the wider area of the local authority. He also acted as Coordinator of
two(2) IEE 2011 call proposals, related to use of undergrowth as biomass fuel and the dissemination of best practices for
successful adhesion to the initiative of 'Covenant of Mayors', until taking the decision to move permanently in Brussels,
acting as an independent consultant.

 

He started his career as Head of the Department (management and public relations) of the 'Pay and Park System' of
Larissa-Greece, where he served for 6 years. He continued managing the System after its acquisition from the local Authority
for 4 additional years. After that, through several contracts with the public sector, he was in charge of the fact sheets and
reports of Municipal works included in the 3rd Community Support Framework, the participation in EU programs and Lectured
on Traffic Behavior for children; he acted as the main organizer, coordinator, creator and statistical analyst of the dedicated
survey for the 'Car Free Day of 2000'; he participated in numerous studies for the Technical Chambers of Greece. In parallel,
he maintained a private Technical Office for more than 15 years, acting also as an Accredited Public Works Contractor for more
than 6 years.

Vasileios has an extensive experience in training as well. He worked as a Lecturer for ICBS Larissa Business College (affiliated
institution of Kingston University) for two years, for numerous vocational training programs (related to energy, bio-climatic
design and passive solar systems, energy saving, etc.) and is an Accredited Adult Trainer.

He holds two (2) degrees as Mechanical Engineer (from the Technological Educational Institute of Larissa and the Aristotle
University of Thessaloniki) and a Master's Degree in Business Administration (from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA).


He is married to Despoina IATRIDOU (DVM) and has one son.

 
 

Current Activities:

- Manager of the'Non-Road Mobile Machinery - (Off-Road Machinery)' Group at LinkedIn

Services

 


Our Services are mainly - but not exclusively - addressing the following:
 

 
 
REGULATION  EU 2016/1628
 (Repealing Directive 97/68/EC - 
(Non Road Mobile Machinery)
Studies & Consultation
EUProgrammes - Funding
Training
Organization of Events  

 






 
EU Parliament Monitoring - Reporting (ENVI, TRAN, ITRE Committees Meetings)

 

- REGULATION  EU 2016/1628

  • Reports, analysis, proposals, consultations, presentations on issues relevant to the Directive.

  • Sectoral analysis and consequent future developments/steps, business orientation.

  • Representation in relevant meetings, fora, etc..


- Studies & Consultations

  • Feasibility studies.

  • SWOT analysis.

  • Cost Benefit Analysis.

  • Technology transfer and upgrade studies.

  • Field Research.

  • Environmental and Renewable Energy Sources (RES) studies.

  • Public and Industry Consultations (identification of target group, preparation & delivery of questionnaires,
    statistical analysis, reports and presentations, etc.).



- EU Programmes - Funding

  • Follow up of EU & National Research and Funding programs.

  • Consultation on EU and National funding opportunities.

  • Development, Management, Coordination of candidacies for participation in EU programs, efforts, initiatives, etc..

- EU Parliament Monitoring - Reporting

   Following the proceedings of EUP ENVI, TRAN, ITRE Committees meetings, provides the ability to render services of
   monitoring and reporting on relevant issues and enables us to follow any additional discussion or topic
   upon request.


- Training

  • Training on technical issues.

  • Development of Training Material and Manuals on procedures and processes.

     
- Organization of Events
  • Meetings, Daily events, Conferences

  • Workshops & Seminars


 

 
Feel free to contact us for any clarification or additional information.


      


 

 

Past Actions

 

 Year 2018


Meetings & Events Attended

 

 24/01/2018  13th Annual Conference - Sustainable motorcycling in Europe

                    ACEM - The Motorcycle Industry in Europe 

                   Brussels 

 

01-02/02/2018   Open PM2  Conference 2018

                          European Commission's ISA² programme

                          Brussels 

 

28/02/2018  Transition in heat: how to mobilize sufficient green sources?

                  DNV  GL

                  Brussels 

 

11/04/2018  Truck Fuel - Less is more

                 Transport and Environment , Vertretung des Freistaates Bayern bei der Europäischen Union

                  Brussels 

 

20-25/05/2018   EU Green Week

                              Tuesday 22 May

                                 14:30 ⇨ 16:00 - Opening session - Setting the Scene: Challenges and Opportunities in

                                                          the Urban Environment

                                 16:30 ⇨ 18:00 - 1.4 How can we set long-term urban strategies within the   framework of

                                                               short-term political cycles?

                              Wednesday 23 May

                                 09:30 ⇨ 11:00 - 2.4 Greening the city with sustainable urban mobility   planning

                                 11:30 ⇨ 13:00 - 3.4 Operation Sustainability. The city greening game. Part 1

                                 14:30 ⇨ 16:00 - 4.4 Operation Sustainability. The city greening game. Part 2

                                 16:30 ⇨ 18:00 - 5.3 Financing solutions for sustainable cities

                             Thursday 24 May

                                 09:30 ⇨ 11:00 - 6.4 Air quality in cities; solutions and synergies with   Climate Action

                                 11:30 ⇨ 13:00 - Closing session: Scaling Up Change for the Cities of   Tomorrow

                           Brussels 

 

06-07/06/2018  EU Energy Week

                       Various events and meetings

                       Brussels 

 

27/06/2018  Future car CO2 standards: Question time!

                  Transport and Environment, EU Parliament, MEP Mrs Dalli

                  Brussels 

 

25/09/2018   Will tomorrow’s trucks be safer?

                   Transport and Environment and Norwegian Permanent Representation in Brussels

                   Brussels 

 

26/09/2018   Bringing down CO2 emissions on the road: Is WLTP enough?

                   Transport and Environment, EU Parliament

                   Brussels

 

 

 

Year 2017


Meetings & Events Attended

 

 21/01/2017 ENI After 6

Energy for Development - The role of the EU

Brussels

 

17/02/2017 OCTA Innovation

SAINT-BARTHÉLEMY: LIVE FROM THE SMART ISLAND

Brussels 

 

 28/03/2017  GREEK ENERGY FORUM

 EastMedi Energy Roundtable

 Brussels

 

29/03/2017  DG GROWTH - EU COMMISSION

GEME (Group of Experts on Machinery Emissions)

Brussels

 

02/06/2017  Network of the Insular Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the EU (INSULEUR IEuropean Economic and

Social Committee (EESC), European Small Islands Federation (ESIN)

- Public Hearing - ENTREPRENEURSHIP ON EUROPEAN ISLANDS

- Personal Introduction of Zakinthos Authorities representatives to EU Services aiming at a

  future closer collaboration

  Brussels

 

11/06/2017  Representation of the Free State of Bavaria to the EU

Visions of Bioenergy

Brussels

 

10/11/2017 European economic and Social Committee

Public Hearing - Local Energy Communities: a vehicle for islands’ energy transition?

Brussels

 

 

Contribution to Surveys

 

01/03/2017     University of Siegen , in  cooperation  with  the  Social  Science  Research   Center  in  Duisburg,

   Germany (‘Sozialwissenschaftliches Umfragezentrum GmbH’; technical implementation), funded by the German

  Research Foundation (the ‘Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG’).

  Research Project on the professionalization of Lobbying and Interest Representation in the European Union

 

 

Webinars

 

12/01/2017     CrowdFundRES workshop

  Workshop on Crowdfunding for Renewables and Energy Efficiency

 

03/02/2017  FEDARENE - Streetlight-EPC project

SupportingEPC marketdevelopment throughEPCFacilitationServices- Key outputs from the Streetlight-EPC project

 

30/03/2017     CEDEC & Covenant of Mayors Webinar

  How to boost local gas production from biomass or waste water: Inspiration from biogas-powered cities

 

09/11/2017     Teletrac Navman  - USA

  SECRETS FROM THE INDUSTRY: WHAT ARE YOUR COMPETITORS PLANNING?

 

14/11/2017     FEDARENE

  Biogas Action

 

 

 Year 2016


 Meetings & Events Attended

 

07/12/2016 EU COMMISSION – DG Growth

Group of Experts on Machinery Emissions (GEME)

Brussels

 

11/10/2016 The European Biomass Association (AEBIOM)

COP21 – no Decarbonisation without Local Engagement on

Heating and Cooling

Brussels

 

19/09/2016 EU COMMISSION – HORIZON 2020

Info Day

Brussels

 

11/07/2016 European Federation of Agencies and Regions for Energy and the Environment - FEDARENE

European Enterprises Climate Cup (EECC)

Brussels

 

16/04/2016 NEWAPP PROJECT - Final Conference

APPLICATION OF HYDROTHERMAL CARBONIZATION TECHNOLOGY TO BIOMASS WASTE STREAMS

Brussels

 

21/03/2016 EU Publications Office

Access to and Reuse of EU Legal Information Conference

Brussels

 

08 - 09/03/2016 IQPC - Invited Speaker

8th International Conference ‘Downsizing and Turbo-charging’

Stuttgart, Germany

 

23/02/2016 European Parliament - ENVI Committee Meeting

Public Hearing: Real Driving Emissions Tests

Brussels

 

15/01/2016 Transport and Environment - EU car testing proposals are a sticking plaster on a gaping wound

Comments and Proposals to their published position paper

Brussels

 

Contribution to Surveys

25/06/2016 PwC - Survey on the new generation of eGovernment Services

 

WEB SURVEY on Open eGovernment Services

 

Webinars

 

24/11/2016 Covenant of Mayors (CoMo) and the European Federation of Local Energy Companies (CEDEC)

Energy Storage

 

23/03/2016 DOW Chemical - BASF - 8over8

How to Reduce Petrochemical Project Costs and Minimize Risk)

 

02/02/2016 Investor Confidence Project Europe

Technical Forum

 


 

 Year 2015

 

Meetings & Events Attended

 

25/02/2015 Sustainable Thermal Energy Systems: the case of large heat pumps and district heating!

EHPA and Euroheat & Power

Brussels

 

26/05/2015 Transatlantic Energy Security at a Crossroads. What to expect ahead of 2020?

Greek Energy Forum, EU Commission Lifelong Learning Programme

Brussels

 

27/05/2015Policy Dinner (Personal Invitation): Bulldozers, diesel trains, lawn mowers, excavators, barges: How to clean them up

Organized by MEP Mr Seb Dance, Transport and Environment

EU Parliament, Brussels

 

03/06/2015 Circular economy and biowaste management. Local authorities experience in Europe EUP

The Greens, Life Programme

EU Parliament , Brussels

 

12/06/2015 Open Standards for ICT Procurement: Saving while reducing ICT lock-in

Price Water House Coopers (PWC)

Brussels

 

16-19/06/2015 Energy Week – Multiple Events

 

15/06/2015 ‘Energising deltas - Worldwide opportunities’

European Regional Development Fund of the European Union, House of the Dutch Provinces

Brussels

16/06/2015 Energy Efficiency First

Energy Week Secretariat

Brussels

16/06/2015 25th Anniversary of FEDARENE & Roger Léron Award ceremony 2015

European Federation of Agencies and Regions for Energy and the Environment (FEDARENE)

Brussels

17/06/2015 From Isolation to Integration - Island Solution for Europe’s Energy Challenges

Scotland House Conference Centre

Brussels

17/06/2015 Heating, cooling and ventilation: How to achieve the largest savings in buildings pursuing the EU's energy strategy

Energy Week Secretariat

Brussels

18/06/2015 High Level Policy Session "District Energy in Cities: From EU Vision to Local Action through an Integrated Approach

Euro Heat & Power, UNEP

Brussels

18/06/2015 PROMISING TECHNOLOGIES FOR WET BIOMASS WASTE VALORIZATION

ORION, NEWAPP, Scotland House

Brussels

 

24-25/06/2015 Conference - Islands towards smarter multilevel governance in their path to 2020

Committee of the Regions, Intelligent Energy for Europe Programme

Brussels

 

02/07/2015 PUBLIC SECTOR ROUNDTABLE: Paving the way to accruals accounting in Europe: challenges and potential solutions for transition

Federation of European Accountants (FEE) and Banca Monte Paschi

Brussels

02/07/2015 eni after 6: discussing the potential of the Mediterranean region in fostering EU’s security of supply

Greek Energy Forum

Brussels

 
08/07/2015 Energy and Geopolitics in the Eastern Mediterranean and Greece

Greek Energy Forum and The German Marshall Fund of the United States

Brussels

 

14/09/2015 Policy Dinner (Personal Invitation): 'Don't Breath Here', Study presentation- Support - Discussion

Organized by MEPs Mr Seb Dance and Mrs Catherine Bearder, Transport and Environment

EU Parliament , Brussels

 
 

Webinars
 

 

27/04/2015 BUILD UP Web seminar: Horizon 2020 call EE05 on deep renovation and market uptake

EU Commission, Executive Agency for SMEs

 


28/04/2015 Funding Public workshop on innovative financing for energy efficiency and renewables

EU Commission, Executive Agency for SMEs

 

30.04.2015 Investor Confidence Project Europe Webinar

Investor Confidence Project (ICP), a project of Environmental Defence Fund

 

10/06/2015 Drivetrain Experts of Fuel Efficiency

 

Heavy Duty Trucking, Meritor

 

30/06/2-15 Investors Confidence Project - Principles of the ICP scheme, results from early research on

EU resources that can support ICP application at EU level, as well as a first draft on the non-domestic or Tertiary Protocols.

ICT Forum

 

29/09/2015 Covenant of Mayors webinar for Greece: Συλλογή Τοπικών Ενεργειακών Δεδομένων για τις Απογραφές Εκπομπών Αερίων του Θερμοκηπίου

Greek Office of Covenant of Mayors

 

 

Contribution to Surveys

 

05/05/2015 Biotrade2020+ survey on international biomass trade for energy

 


 

 Year 2014

 

Meetings & Events Attended

 

14/2/2014 Group of Experts on Machinery Emissions (GEME)

 

17/2/2014 Right to Water, Event organised at European Parliament (EUP)

 

27/2/2014 Institute of Europ

an Studies

 

04/03/2014 The new EU Obudsman

 

06/03/2014 Air Pollution at Airports

 

25/03-27/03/2014 IQPC - 6th International Conference - Advanced Downsizing & Turbocharging – Dusseldorf, Germany

Invited speaker

 

16/06/05 Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE) -

'High-Level Policy Conference Positive Energy Buildings - wishful thinking or (built) reality?'

 

16/06 – 18/06/2014 IQPC - 4th International Conference - Next Generation Off Highway Engines - Cologne Germany

               Invited speaker

 

24/06-26/06/2014 EU Energy Week

 

01/07/2014 Small Business Standards – Small Medium Enterprises (SBS-SMES)

 

29/09-30/0912014 Empowering Rural Electrification - Directorate General for Development and Cooperation – EuropeAid

 

06/10/2014 Community Power: Enabling legislation and financing to increase community ownership of RES projects across Europe

 

07/10/2014 BiogasHeat Final Conference

 

08/10/2014 RESCUE Final Conference - Cooling

 

08/10/2014 Innovative financing for energy efficiency and renewables: feedback from successful projects

 

24/10/2014 International Workshop "Towards Sustainable International Biomass Trade Strategies’

 

29/10/2014 Italian Presidency Invitation - World Energy Outlook Special Report – Africa Energy Outlook International Energy Agency

 

05/11/2014 RENOVATE Program: Securing our Energy Future through Ambitious Renovation of Buildings

 

13/11/2014 Norwegian Embassy in Brussels - "The role of gas in the future energy mix in Belgium and North-West Europe

 

 

Webinars

16/09/2014 Natural Gas Vehicles (NGVs) – Canada - Cummins

 

02/10/2014 Covenant of Mayors

 

27/11/2014 Sustainable freight transport: how to make city logistics greener?!

 

10/12/2014 2030 EU Energy Security, the Role of the Eastern Mediterranean Region

 

12/12/2014 EU Commission, Horizon 2020 Energy Efficiency 2015 Calls for proposals

Information Day in Brussels

 

 

 

 Year 2013

 

Meetings & Events Attended

 

25/11-26/11-2013 IQPC International Conference – Ignition Systems

Invited speaker and Workshop Coordinator

The International Conference, explored among others:

  • Gain insight into the newest developments in ignition systems for gasoline engines to achieve the strict targets of upcoming European emission legislation (presented by Mr V. CHRYSAFIDIS)

  • Take advantage of modeling of modulated capacity discharge ignition systems through the latest advances in engine simulation

  • Discuss the latest update on emission legislation for gasoline engines and its influence on ignition systems

  • Explore the potential of Advanced Corona Ignition System (ACIS) and discuss the results of internal performance testing

  • Gain insight into low temperature plasma ignition with dual functions of SI strengthening and HCCI control

 

20-11-2013 CleanER-D Event

Presentation of intermediate result of the 3 yrs programme, funded by Industry and EU, with the objective of confirming the possibility of implementation of stricter and cleaner Stage IIIB compliant engines in rail and locomotive applications.

 

6-11-2013 Green Shipping – Norway House - Brussels

  • Presentation of developments and implementation efforts of the use of LNG in shipping,

  • Analysis of best practices in Industry-State-Ship owners, on financial and collaboration schemes, in promoting LNG, by introducing disseminating and further development of innovative measures and partnerships, turning such investments to standard and sustainable practices.

 

10-2013 Open Days – EU Commission

Analysis, presentations, legislation and implementation measures, best practices, collaborations, EU funding schemes, clusters creations, etc. on EU policy, actions and Member States collaboration and action for sustainable, environmentally friendly development.

After authorization by EU, as standard practice, the workshops authorized to follow were:

  • 'Involvement of SMEs in European Territorial Cooperation: How to deal with State aid and intellectual property rights in the context of ETC projects?'

Date:08/10/2013

  • 'Sharing Methodologies on Financial Engineering for Enterprises'

Date: 08/10/2013

  • 'Local and intermediate authorities’ territorial cooperation – towards a successful united Europe 2020'

Date: 09/10/2013

  • 'Water as a crucial resource: synergies and sustainable perspectives''

Date: 09/10/2013

  • 'Towards Good Governance - Enhancing institutional capacity and an efficient public administration with support from European Structural Instruments'

Date: 10/10/2013

 

07-10-2013 EU Awards at European Parliament

The European Projects Association (EPA) presented its awards of excelence in EU project management, focused on innovative information and communication technologies, as distinctive characteristics of leading cooperation networks.

 

30/9-1/10-2013 CommNett Bio-economy Forum

Forum, discussing issues related to bioeconomy, actions and implications of measures in place and planned for the future, under the more general title 'Global Challenges and the Bioeconomy – part of the solution or part of the problem? A Communication Case'

Some of the issues analyzed, included:

  • Food Security – the bio-economy trilemma between food-feed-fuels.

  • Plant Genetics – a world saver against hunger and climate threats Prof. Heribert Hirt.

  • OCEANs – Is there still potential for blue growth with littered and polluted seas?

 

2-7-2013 Vrije Universiteit Brussel- Faculty of Economic, Social and Political Sciences and Solvay Business School-Department MOSI - Transport and Logistics - Research group MOBI - Mobility, Logistics and Automotive Technology Research Centre

STRAIGHTSOL Project

Presentations of Project Members of their applicable solutions and experiences on a new, sustainable freight delivery system, towards reducing CO2 emissions, noise and citizens burden, increasing timely cost effectiveness, etc., by using delivery differentiated scheduling, new technologies and alternative transport modes and involved vehicles.

 

1-7-2013 Vrije Universiteit Brussel- Faculty of Economic, Social and Political Sciences and Solvay Business School-Department MOSI - Transport and Logistics - Mobility,Logistics and Automotive Technology Research CentreEnvironmental Performance of Electric Vehicles

The interesting Workshop presented experiences on:

  • Environmental performance of electric vehicles, a life cycle system approach

  • Electrifying cars:the economic potential of electric vehicles

 

26/6-28/6-2013 3rd IQPC International Conference – Off-Highway Engines

     Invited Speaker

The International Conference, explored among others:

  • EU NRMM Legislation and next steps (Presented by Mr. V. CHRYSFAFIDIS)

  • Learn about EU legislation on NRMM, the next steps & industry reaction

  • Gain insight into the new STEYR Motors 2-Cylinder diesel engine

  • Explore latest approaches to improve efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions of off-road diesel engines

  • Find out about electric energy recovery to better define results of prototype testing

  • Discover the potential of NOx after treatment systems in light of Tier 4 final and Stage IV legislation

 

24/6-28/6-2013 Energy Week – Various Events

Various events, presentations, workshops on promotion of sustainable energy production, use, dissemination of best practices, from EU organizations, Trade Associations, citizens initiatives, etc..

 

4/7-7/7-2013 Green Week – Various Events

The Week's topics revolved around air quality, pollutants emissions sources, methods of their reductions, etc.

The selected participation included the issues:

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

  • Major pollutant sources and source identification

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

  • How do we monitor the quality of air in the EU?

  • Air quality, energy and climate change

  • Air quality and agriculture in the EU

  • All homework completed? The future of vehicle emissions regulation

Thursday, June 06, 2013

  • Science & evidence-based environmental policy making

  • Clean fuels for clean air

  • Air quality & innovation

  • New ways in governance to help cities improve air quality

Friday, June 07, 2013

  • Closing session: How do we ensure Clean Air for All?

 

29/5-30/5-2013 EUROSTAT week

Organized by EUROSTAT and EU Commission, this conference explored the 'Accounting Standards' and mainly:

  • SESSION 1: The political context – sovereign debt crisis, economic governance, transparency and trust in fiscal data

  • SESSION 2: Fiscal transparency and public accounting

  • SESSION 3: Suitability of IPSAS and national experiences of reforms

  • SESSION 4: Accounting standards, governance, the way forward

 

16/4-17/4-2013 IEE Islands - Save Energy – PROMISE project

At this conference the results of the PROMISE project were presented. PROMISE promotes energy efficient behavior among households of some of Europe’s remote islands. Sharing information and experience, energy agencies from Samsø, Iceland, Rhodes and Tenerife aims to promote tried-and tested methods for reducing the energy consumption of households.

 

27-3-2013 Belgian Ministry of Commerce - Round Table – Lobbying

       'HOW MAY WE HELP WITH YOUR INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT PLANS?'

This lunch round table, organized by the Foreign Trade & Investment Service of the Ministry of the Brussels-Capital Region, intended to bring together interested parties in promoting their products and services in exhibitions and fairs, in Belgium and Internationally, by using assistance from the Belgian Ministry, via tools explained and analyzed.

  • Overview of Ministrie's activities and presentation of export subsidies that may be available to various sectors

  • Testimonials

  • Presentation of the 2013 activities relevant to your sector.

 

7-3-2013 Eco-labeling at Pump Industry

The Workshop intended to shed light to the newest EU ECO-Labeling regulatory developments and their importance on the pumps sector. Among others were discussed:

  • Eco-design regulations: what is the reasoning behind them? What are the challenges ahead?

  • Eco-pump work by Europump : how the concepts of “house of efficiency” and “Extended Product Approach” were developed and what they meant for eco-design developments

 

5-3-2013 ELO – Agriculture - 6th Forum for the Future of Agriculture

This annual Forum for the Future of Agriculture and of the European Landowners' Organization (ELO) and Syngenta, the future of agriculture was debated from a European, analyzing the perspective and where the main challenges of the sector could be addressed, discussed and agreed.

The Forum focused on the food and environmental security agenda, across the European region and the future of Agriculture

 

14-2-2013 DG ENTR – NRMM Consultation Discussion meeting

At this meeting the results of the relevant public consultation (ending April 2013) were presented. In the following discussion positions, comments, opinions and further actions were discussed, so DG ENTR would combine industry's interests and legislators proposals.

 

4/2-5/2-2013 Sustainable Mobility and Integrated Planning in Urban Areas: Trade Union Dialogue with Local Authorities - Second Laboratory (Two Day Workshop)

The initiative aims at bringing together experiences and perspectives from different trade union branches (e.g. the European Transport Workers Federation and the European Metalworkers/Industrial workers Federation), as well as the work already undertaken by trade union confederations at the national level, on sustainable urban mobility, at generating or feed the ongoing trade union debate on mobility questions, and to elaborate the key trade union demands at European level in this field, as well as identifying future strategic partnerships to achieve these demands.

The specific objectives of this laboratory are to:

 Identify current trends and collect policy options and industry best practices which a cting as triggers in sustainable urban mobility and job creation at local level in the EU
 Address social and ecological innovations necessary to secure a Just Transition for the workforce, in relation to sustainable urban mobility, as supported by EU and UN.

 Evaluate employment implications (challenges and potential) of sustainable urban mobility, both in terms of employment trends and quality of work

 Develop and promote an exchange of information and good practice, among trade unions and non-union actors on sustainable urban mobility policies, tools and measures

 Provide a basis for strategic partnerships on sustainable urban mobility at the European level.

 

23-1-2013 DG ENTR – PEMS Meeting

The meting was realized in order to provide the latest developments on the establishment of PEMS procedure in the NRMM. Various aspects were discussed, including the new, to be created, test cycle as the Heavy Duty Vehicles one is considered inappropriate for NRMM, different approaches on the issue, setting boundary conditions, work timetable, etc.

 

 

Contribution to Consultations

 

16-01-2013 Research Project: Impact assessment and the making of regulation in Europe: a comparative perspective”

        THE GUTENBERG PROJECT 2012

Institution:Centre for Law, Economics and Society, UCL, Sondage Ecole Nationale d'Administration (ENA) "Etudes d'impact" , France

 

Webinars

 

8-11-2013 INTEGER – International trends on NRMM

In this webinar, the main presentation covered international and European legislative aspects, the global market trends, the market analysis of various major OEMs, etc.

 

17-9-2013 CNG Fleet Maintenance

in this webinar maintenance needs, techniques, points of attention and relevant topics were discussed related to maintenance on CNG engines

 

30-8 to 5-9-2013 QUALCOM - Leadership - Management

In this webinar trends in leadership management were identified, analyzed and discussed.

 

3-4-2013 Covenant of Mayors Webinar (Co-organized by Greece and Cyprus)

The webinar aimed at providing assistance and present best practices and example software for the development of the own SEAPs (Sustainable Energy Action Plan), funding schemes, etc.

 

27-3-2013 Covenant of Mayors

In the webinar best practices and award winning cases were presented in detail, providing assistance to the Municipalities adhered to the Covenant of Mayors and in their effort to formulate their own SEAPs.

 

2-2-2013 Covenant of Mayors – CoMo

In this webinar, funding possibilities, via formation of cooperation schemes among participant to the Covenant of Mayors initiative, were presented and explained in detail, The possibility attracted a lot of interest as it presented funding opportunities via resources that were not that well known, advertised, etc.

 

 

 

 Year 2012


eetings & Events Attended

 

28-12-2012 Brussels Business Summit

  • For Belgian and world economy, simple, applicable plans, oriented for results are needed with use of public sources, regular but also innovative financing and with real implementing measures.

  • Waste produced in all stages of life (agriculture, food preparation, processes, etc.) are the new resource for new products of the future.

  • 4 Fs: Food-Feed-Fuel-Fiber--> all compete for land and we must see how to comply with all needs for humans and citizens.

  • A citizen is paying 90 € / day to treat waste (in Belgium).

  • Banks require verification on the availability of biomass before deciding to fund any biomass projects.

  • Agricultural by-products or residues are promoted via new chemical procedures to produce energy, opposing use of new plants that demand new land, in order not to compete with food.

  • Need to take care of water use and land use as well.

  • In fuel use there is a vertical structure from on company, but in bio-based procedure many participants take part (farmers, transporters, chemical firms, MS authorities, etc.).

  • New skills are needed to use all that, even new skills for farmers.

  • Interest from EU is given to infrastructure (energy transfer, roads, etc.).

  • Need to find a way to address the third countries civil conditions, compared to the more advanced ones.

  • Energy efficiency, water efficiency, food security, fish existence, etc., are goals that within RIO+ were agreed and decided EU to contribute. Early 2013, a plan will be published with the EU efforts on that approach.

  • EU is far more advanced in the sustainable efforts than the USA.

  • There is a lack of global leadership.

  • Problematic (neither ratified nor transposed nor implemented, etc.) older decisions of UN continue to cause serious problems.

  • Comments like ' USA politicians are corrupt', 'the oil lobby is powerful and is funding numerous campaigns', were made by speakers.

  • The 2 oC change discussed, is possible if green technologies are implemented immediately to many sectors. It may look realistic, but from political point off view this is not possible to believe.

  • Bottom up approach for solutions and contribution is taking off (cities, citizens, etc, are more willing to act and do so).

  • Top Down (authorities (EU, UN, etc.) is not that active in realistic -ready and agreed to be implemented- measures.

  • 'Sustainomics' were briefly presented by the 'father' of the term (Mr Mohan Munasinghe).

  • Sustainability is acting as a motive to produce new products, services etc.

  • More info on sustainability makes also more sense for firms trying to keep up with public opinion so more business is opening.

  • 40 cents per dollar is the current cost for firms to get sustainable globally.

 

Link:www.bsds.vito.be/agenda/Pages/agenda.aspx

 

06-12-2012 ACEA Annual Transport Policy Event 2012, 'Moving with the times: How can Policy reflect changing transport demands?'

  • Stakeholders (policy makers, key players and energy sector) participated in this annual meeting looking on the transport landscape of today and on future perspectives

  • Largest share of transport is road, then sea. Only a small fraction of transport uses rail.

  • Older trucks (Euro I, II, III) contribute to air pollution by about 50% of PM and 30% of CO2 emissions in EU.

  • Euro VI technology must be vastly implemented in practice.

  • Due to increased cost and weight of trucks, MS firms will probably go to Euro V to avoid also increased cost.

  • Tolls and they way they are implemented, will play a significant role to the expansion of road freight transport and fleet renewal.

  • EU's global competitiveness advantage and expertise via sophisticated, complying clean trucks must be maintained.

 

Mr Oettinger (Commissioner for energy):

  • 'Sustainable mobility and freight transportation must be pursuant to consumers demands.

  • Fuel efficiency is a must, CO2 reduction efforts and cost instruments are important.

  • Alternative power transport modes away from oil must be developed.

  • Natural gas blended with biomethane must be explored as fuel.

  • Natural Gas (NG) use will be considered as internal market advantage of competitiveness

  • Promotion of bio-fuels (advanced bio-fuels) is a must and will get our attention.

  • Fuel labelling must be established in a clear way, providing information to citizens and avoiding confusion for consumers.

  • A Directive will be published on the development of bio-fuels before the end of 2012.

  • Electric mobility is a target, including hydrogen short and long term perspectives.

  • Smart charging (from electric grid) is a huge target'.

 

Mr Kallas (Commissioner for Transport):

  • 'As expected road freight transport is about to increase.

  • The congestion issue was not scrutinised and remains an important issue. It must be resolved. Modal shift is needed.

  • His intention is to push rail to a more flexible system.

  • Infrastructure (road, rail, ports, etc.) still remains a serious problem.

  • According to foreigners (USA and others), EU has still the best infrastructure globally.

  • Weight and dimension rules, tolls and other changes will be revised in early 2013.

  • New aerodynamic forms must be used as much as possible

  • My using modern, harmonised tolling systems, crossing EU will be easy and efficient.

  • Funding of infrastructure from taxes imposed on tolls and fuel will decrease and by the use of bio-fuels the available funding sources will not suffice. New funding solutions are required.

  • Big (Mega) trucks are not an easy issue to be agreed, as objection in major (as part of EU crossing routes, e.g. Austria) EU MS is quite strong'.

 

Chairman of the ACEA:

  • 'Rail is neither cleaner nor friendly for the environment as a transport mode, contrary to the common belief.

  • The main goal is to reduce the fuel consumption by 20% based on the figures of 2005'.

 

Andreas Renschler (CEO of Daimler Trucks):

  • 'CO2 regulation is not needed. Fuel efficiency is important and customers use the principle every day.

  • If noise is to be reduced to 67 db, the CO2 will rise by 6,2 %

  • NOx can be lowered to 0% but CO2 will go up by 25%

  • Truck manufacturers, policy makers and users must go together'.

 

Link: http://www.acea.be/news/news_detail/acea_annual_transport_policy_event_2012

 

27-11-2012 AECC Technical Seminar on Emissions from Non-Road Mobile Machinery

  • A full day Seminar covering the latest legislation and developments related to engines covered by Directive 97/68/EC.

  • Presentations were delivered on EU future legal proposals, air quality and locally suggested for implementation measures, quality and impacts on urban areas, black carbon and influence in global warming and human health, MS experience on implemented measures on air quality improvement, retrofitting and test results on various emissions cleaning methods and equipment.

 

Link: www.aecc.be/en/Publications/NRMM_Technical_Seminar.html

 

28 & 29-11-2012 Trans-European Transport Network Days (TEN-T Days)

  • The EU Commission's TEN-T Programme, dedicates financial support towards the realisation of important transport infrastructure projects. Key stakeholders are the EU Member States which are the beneficiaries of the projects funding. This programme is of high value and will continue to

an Studies

 

04/03/2014 The new EU Obudsman

 

06/03/2014 Air Pollution at Airports

 

25/03-27/03/2014 IQPC - 6th International Conference - Advanced Downsizing & Turbocharging – Dusseldorf, Germany

Invited speaker

 

16/06/05 Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE) -

'High-Level Policy Conference Positive Energy Buildings - wishful thinking or (built) reality?'

 

16/06 – 18/06/2014 IQPC - 4th International Conference - Next Generation Off Highway Engines - Cologne Germany

               Invited speaker

 

24/06-26/06/2014 EU Energy Week

 

01/07/2014 Small Business Standards – Small Medium Enterprises (SBS-SMES)

 

29/09-30/0912014 Empowering Rural Electrification - Directorate General for Development and Cooperation – EuropeAid

 

06/10/2014 Community Power: Enabling legislation and financing to increase community ownership of RES projects across Europe

 

07/10/2014 BiogasHeat Final Conference

 

08/10/2014 RESCUE Final Conference - Cooling

 

08/10/2014 Innovative financing for energy efficiency and renewables: feedback from successful projects

 

24/10/2014 International Workshop "Towards Sustainable International Biomass Trade Strategies’

 

29/10/2014 Italian Presidency Invitation - World Energy Outlook Special Report – Africa Energy Outlook International Energy Agency

 

05/11/2014 RENOVATE Program: Securing our Energy Future through Ambitious Renovation of Buildings

 

13/11/2014 Norwegian Embassy in Brussels - "The role of gas in the future energy mix in Belgium and North-West Europe

 

 

Webinars

16/09/2014 Natural Gas Vehicles (NGVs) – Canada - Cummins

 

02/10/2014 Covenant of Mayors

 

27/11/2014 Sustainable freight transport: how to make city logistics greener?!

 

10/12/2014 2030 EU Energy Security, the Role of the Eastern Mediterranean Region

 

12/12/2014 EU Commission, Horizon 2020 Energy Efficiency 2015 Calls for proposals

Information Day in Brussels

 



 Year 2013

 

Meetings & Events Attended

 

25/11-26/11-2013 IQPC International Conference – Ignition Systems

Invited speaker and Workshop Coordinator

The International Conference, explored among others:

  • Gain insight into the newest developments in ignition systems for gasoline engines to achieve the strict targets of upcoming European emission legislation (presented by Mr V. CHRYSAFIDIS)

  • Take advantage of modeling of modulated capacity discharge ignition systems through the latest advances in engine simulation

  • Discuss the latest update on emission legislation for gasoline engines and its influence on ignition systems

  • Explore the potential of Advanced Corona Ignition System (ACIS) and discuss the results of internal performance testing

  • Gain insight into low temperature plasma ignition with dual functions of SI strengthening and HCCI control

 

20-11-2013 CleanER-D Event

Presentation of intermediate result of the 3 yrs programme, funded by Industry and EU, with the objective of confirming the possibility of implementation of stricter and cleaner Stage IIIB compliant engines in rail and locomotive applications.

 

6-11-2013 Green Shipping – Norway House - Brussels

  • Presentation of developments and implementation efforts of the use of LNG in shipping,

  • Analysis of best practices in Industry-State-Ship owners, on financial and collaboration schemes, in promoting LNG, by introducing disseminating and further development of innovative measures and partnerships, turning such investments to standard and sustainable practices.

 

10-2013 Open Days – EU Commission

Analysis, presentations, legislation and implementation measures, best practices, collaborations, EU funding schemes, clusters creations, etc. on EU policy, actions and Member States collaboration and action for sustainable, environmentally friendly development.

After authorization by EU, as standard practice, the workshops authorized to follow were:

  • 'Involvement of SMEs in European Territorial Cooperation: How to deal with State aid and intellectual property rights in the context of ETC projects?'

Date:08/10/2013

  • 'Sharing Methodologies on Financial Engineering for Enterprises'

Date: 08/10/2013

  • 'Local and intermediate authorities’ territorial cooperation – towards a successful united Europe 2020'

Date: 09/10/2013

  • 'Water as a crucial resource: synergies and sustainable perspectives''

Date: 09/10/2013

  • 'Towards Good Governance - Enhancing institutional capacity and an efficient public administration with support from European Structural Instruments'

Date: 10/10/2013

 

07-10-2013 EU Awards at European Parliament

The European Projects Association (EPA) presented its awards of excelence in EU project management, focused on innovative information and communication technologies, as distinctive characteristics of leading cooperation networks.

 

30/9-1/10-2013 CommNett Bio-economy Forum

Forum, discussing issues related to bioeconomy, actions and implications of measures in place and planned for the future, under the more general title 'Global Challenges and the Bioeconomy – part of the solution or part of the problem? A Communication Case'

Some of the issues analyzed, included:

  • Food Security – the bio-economy trilemma between food-feed-fuels.

  • Plant Genetics – a world saver against hunger and climate threats Prof. Heribert Hirt.

  • OCEANs – Is there still potential for blue growth with littered and polluted seas?

 

2-7-2013 Vrije Universiteit Brussel- Faculty of Economic, Social and Political Sciences and Solvay Business School-Department MOSI - Transport and Logistics - Research group MOBI - Mobility, Logistics and Automotive Technology Research Centre

STRAIGHTSOL Project

Presentations of Project Members of their applicable solutions and experiences on a new, sustainable freight delivery system, towards reducing CO2 emissions, noise and citizens burden, increasing timely cost effectiveness, etc., by using delivery differentiated scheduling, new technologies and alternative transport modes and involved vehicles.

 

1-7-2013 Vrije Universiteit Brussel- Faculty of Economic, Social and Political Sciences and Solvay Business School-Department MOSI - Transport and Logistics - Mobility,Logistics and Automotive Technology Research CentreEnvironmental Performance of Electric Vehicles

The interesting Workshop presented experiences on:

  • Environmental performance of electric vehicles, a life cycle system approach

  • Electrifying cars:the economic potential of electric vehicles

 

26/6-28/6-2013 3rd IQPC International Conference – Off-Highway Engines

     Invited Speaker

The International Conference, explored among others:

  • EU NRMM Legislation and next steps (Presented by Mr. V. CHRYSFAFIDIS)

  • Learn about EU legislation on NRMM, the next steps & industry reaction

  • Gain insight into the new STEYR Motors 2-Cylinder diesel engine

  • Explore latest approaches to improve efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions of off-road diesel engines

  • Find out about electric energy recovery to better define results of prototype testing

  • Discover the potential of NOx after treatment systems in light of Tier 4 final and Stage IV legislation

 

24/6-28/6-2013 Energy Week – Various Events

Various events, presentations, workshops on promotion of sustainable energy production, use, dissemination of best practices, from EU organizations, Trade Associations, citizens initiatives, etc..

 

4/7-7/7-2013 Green Week – Various Events

The Week's topics revolved around air quality, pollutants emissions sources, methods of their reductions, etc.

The selected participation included the issues:

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

  • Major pollutant sources and source identification

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

  • How do we monitor the quality of air in the EU?

  • Air quality, energy and climate change

  • Air quality and agriculture in the EU

  • All homework completed? The future of vehicle emissions regulation

Thursday, June 06, 2013

  • Science & evidence-based environmental policy making

  • Clean fuels for clean air

  • Air quality & innovation

  • New ways in governance to help cities improve air quality

Friday, June 07, 2013

  • Closing session: How do we ensure Clean Air for All?

 

29/5-30/5-2013 EUROSTAT week

Organized by EUROSTAT and EU Commission, this conference explored the 'Accounting Standards' and mainly:

  • SESSION 1: The political context – sovereign debt crisis, economic governance, transparency and trust in fiscal data

  • SESSION 2: Fiscal transparency and public accounting

  • SESSION 3: Suitability of IPSAS and national experiences of reforms

  • SESSION 4: Accounting standards, governance, the way forward

 

16/4-17/4-2013 IEE Islands - Save Energy – PROMISE project

At this conference the results of the PROMISE project were presented. PROMISE promotes energy efficient behavior among households of some of Europe’s remote islands. Sharing information and experience, energy agencies from Samsø, Iceland, Rhodes and Tenerife aims to promote tried-and tested methods for reducing the energy consumption of households.

 

27-3-2013 Belgian Ministry of Commerce - Round Table – Lobbying

       'HOW MAY WE HELP WITH YOUR INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT PLANS?'

This lunch round table, organized by the Foreign Trade & Investment Service of the Ministry of the Brussels-Capital Region, intended to bring together interested parties in promoting their products and services in exhibitions and fairs, in Belgium and Internationally, by using assistance from the Belgian Ministry, via tools explained and analyzed.

  • Overview of Ministrie's activities and presentation of export subsidies that may be available to various sectors

  • Testimonials

  • Presentation of the 2013 activities relevant to your sector.

 

7-3-2013 Eco-labeling at Pump Industry

The Workshop intended to shed light to the newest EU ECO-Labeling regulatory developments and their importance on the pumps sector. Among others were discussed:

  • Eco-design regulations: what is the reasoning behind them? What are the challenges ahead?

  • Eco-pump work by Europump : how the concepts of “house of efficiency” and “Extended Product Approach” were developed and what they meant for eco-design developments

 

5-3-2013 ELO – Agriculture - 6th Forum for the Future of Agriculture

This annual Forum for the Future of Agriculture and of the European Landowners' Organization (ELO) and Syngenta, the future of agriculture was debated from a European, analyzing the perspective and where the main challenges of the sector could be addressed, discussed and agreed.

The Forum focused on the food and environmental security agenda, across the European region and the future of Agriculture

 

14-2-2013 DG ENTR – NRMM Consultation Discussion meeting

At this meeting the results of the relevant public consultation (ending April 2013) were presented. In the following discussion positions, comments, opinions and further actions were discussed, so DG ENTR would combine industry's interests and legislators proposals.

 

4/2-5/2-2013 Sustainable Mobility and Integrated Planning in Urban Areas: Trade Union Dialogue with Local Authorities - Second Laboratory (Two Day Workshop)

The initiative aims at bringing together experiences and perspectives from different trade union branches (e.g. the European Transport Workers Federation and the European Metalworkers/Industrial workers Federation), as well as the work already undertaken by trade union confederations at the national level, on sustainable urban mobility, at generating or feed the ongoing trade union debate on mobility questions, and to elaborate the key trade union demands at European level in this field, as well as identifying future strategic partnerships to achieve these demands.

The specific objectives of this laboratory are to:

 Identify current trends and collect policy options and industry best practices which a cting as triggers in sustainable urban mobility and job creation at local level in the EU
 Address social and ecological innovations necessary to secure a Just Transition for the workforce, in relation to sustainable urban mobility, as supported by EU and UN.

 Evaluate employment implications (challenges and potential) of sustainable urban mobility, both in terms of employment trends and quality of work

 Develop and promote an exchange of information and good practice, among trade unions and non-union actors on sustainable urban mobility policies, tools and measures

 Provide a basis for strategic partnerships on sustainable urban mobility at the European level.

 

23-1-2013 DG ENTR – PEMS Meeting

The meting was realized in order to provide the latest developments on the establishment of PEMS procedure in the NRMM. Various aspects were discussed, including the new, to be created, test cycle as the Heavy Duty Vehicles one is considered inappropriate for NRMM, different approaches on the issue, setting boundary conditions, work timetable, etc.

 

 

Contribution to Consultations

 

16-01-2013 Research Project: Impact assessment and the making of regulation in Europe: a comparative perspective”

        THE GUTENBERG PROJECT 2012

Institution:Centre for Law, Economics and Society, UCL, Sondage Ecole Nationale d'Administration (ENA) "Etudes d'impact" , France

 

Webinars

 

8-11-2013 INTEGER – International trends on NRMM

In this webinar, the main presentation covered international and European legislative aspects, the global market trends, the market analysis of various major OEMs, etc.

 

17-9-2013 CNG Fleet Maintenance

in this webinar maintenance needs, techniques, points of attention and relevant topics were discussed related to maintenance on CNG engines

 

30-8 to 5-9-2013 QUALCOM - Leadership - Management

In this webinar trends in leadership management were identified, analyzed and discussed.

 

3-4-2013 Covenant of Mayors Webinar (Co-organized by Greece and Cyprus)

The webinar aimed at providing assistance and present best practices and example software for the development of the own SEAPs (Sustainable Energy Action Plan), funding schemes, etc.

 

27-3-2013 Covenant of Mayors

In the webinar best practices and award winning cases were presented in detail, providing assistance to the Municipalities adhered to the Covenant of Mayors and in their effort to formulate their own SEAPs.

 

2-2-2013 Covenant of Mayors – CoMo

In this webinar, funding possibilities, via formation of cooperation schemes among participant to the Covenant of Mayors initiative, were presented and explained in detail, The possibility attracted a lot of interest as it presented funding opportunities via resources that were not that well known, advertised, etc.

 

 


 Year 2012


eetings & Events Attended

 

28-12-2012 Brussels Business Summit

  • For Belgian and world economy, simple, applicable plans, oriented for results are needed with use of public sources, regular but also innovative financing and with real implementing measures.

  • Waste produced in all stages of life (agriculture, food preparation, processes, etc.) are the new resource for new products of the future.

  • 4 Fs: Food-Feed-Fuel-Fiber--> all compete for land and we must see how to comply with all needs for humans and citizens.

  • A citizen is paying 90 € / day to treat waste (in Belgium).

  • Banks require verification on the availability of biomass before deciding to fund any biomass projects.

  • Agricultural by-products or residues are promoted via new chemical procedures to produce energy, opposing use of new plants that demand new land, in order not to compete with food.

  • Need to take care of water use and land use as well.

  • In fuel use there is a vertical structure from on company, but in bio-based procedure many participants take part (farmers, transporters, chemical firms, MS authorities, etc.).

  • New skills are needed to use all that, even new skills for farmers.

  • Interest from EU is given to infrastructure (energy transfer, roads, etc.).

  • Need to find a way to address the third countries civil conditions, compared to the more advanced ones.

  • Energy efficiency, water efficiency, food security, fish existence, etc., are goals that within RIO+ were agreed and decided EU to contribute. Early 2013, a plan will be published with the EU efforts on that approach.

  • EU is far more advanced in the sustainable efforts than the USA.

  • There is a lack of global leadership.

  • Problematic (neither ratified nor transposed nor implemented, etc.) older decisions of UN continue to cause serious problems.

  • Comments like ' USA politicians are corrupt', 'the oil lobby is powerful and is funding numerous campaigns', were made by speakers.

  • The 2 oC change discussed, is possible if green technologies are implemented immediately to many sectors. It may look realistic, but from political point off view this is not possible to believe.

  • Bottom up approach for solutions and contribution is taking off (cities, citizens, etc, are more willing to act and do so).

  • Top Down (authorities (EU, UN, etc.) is not that active in realistic -ready and agreed to be implemented- measures.

  • 'Sustainomics' were briefly presented by the 'father' of the term (Mr Mohan Munasinghe).

  • Sustainability is acting as a motive to produce new products, services etc.

  • More info on sustainability makes also more sense for firms trying to keep up with public opinion so more business is opening.

  • 40 cents per dollar is the current cost for firms to get sustainable globally.

 

Link:www.bsds.vito.be/agenda/Pages/agenda.aspx

 

06-12-2012 ACEA Annual Transport Policy Event 2012, 'Moving with the times: How can Policy reflect changing transport demands?'

  • Stakeholders (policy makers, key players and energy sector) participated in this annual meeting looking on the transport landscape of today and on future perspectives

  • Largest share of transport is road, then sea. Only a small fraction of transport uses rail.

  • Older trucks (Euro I, II, III) contribute to air pollution by about 50% of PM and 30% of CO2 emissions in EU.

  • Euro VI technology must be vastly implemented in practice.

  • Due to increased cost and weight of trucks, MS firms will probably go to Euro V to avoid also increased cost.

  • Tolls and they way they are implemented, will play a significant role to the expansion of road freight transport and fleet renewal.

  • EU's global competitiveness advantage and expertise via sophisticated, complying clean trucks must be maintained.

 

Mr Oettinger (Commissioner for energy):

  • 'Sustainable mobility and freight transportation must be pursuant to consumers demands.

  • Fuel efficiency is a must, CO2 reduction efforts and cost instruments are important.

  • Alternative power transport modes away from oil must be developed.

  • Natural gas blended with biomethane must be explored as fuel.

  • Natural Gas (NG) use will be considered as internal market advantage of competitiveness

  • Promotion of bio-fuels (advanced bio-fuels) is a must and will get our attention.

  • Fuel labelling must be established in a clear way, providing information to citizens and avoiding confusion for consumers.

  • A Directive will be published on the development of bio-fuels before the end of 2012.

  • Electric mobility is a target, including hydrogen short and long term perspectives.

  • Smart charging (from electric grid) is a huge target'.

 

Mr Kallas (Commissioner for Transport):

  • 'As expected road freight transport is about to increase.

  • The congestion issue was not scrutinised and remains an important issue. It must be resolved. Modal shift is needed.

  • His intention is to push rail to a more flexible system.

  • Infrastructure (road, rail, ports, etc.) still remains a serious problem.

  • According to foreigners (USA and others), EU has still the best infrastructure globally.

  • Weight and dimension rules, tolls and other changes will be revised in early 2013.

  • New aerodynamic forms must be used as much as possible

  • My using modern, harmonised tolling systems, crossing EU will be easy and efficient.

  • Funding of infrastructure from taxes imposed on tolls and fuel will decrease and by the use of bio-fuels the available funding sources will not suffice. New funding solutions are required.

  • Big (Mega) trucks are not an easy issue to be agreed, as objection in major (as part of EU crossing routes, e.g. Austria) EU MS is quite strong'.

 

Chairman of the ACEA:

  • 'Rail is neither cleaner nor friendly for the environment as a transport mode, contrary to the common belief.

  • The main goal is to reduce the fuel consumption by 20% based on the figures of 2005'.

 

Andreas Renschler (CEO of Daimler Trucks):

  • 'CO2 regulation is not needed. Fuel efficiency is important and customers use the principle every day.

  • If noise is to be reduced to 67 db, the CO2 will rise by 6,2 %

  • NOx can be lowered to 0% but CO2 will go up by 25%

  • Truck manufacturers, policy makers and users must go together'.

 

Link: http://www.acea.be/news/news_detail/acea_annual_transport_policy_event_2012

 

27-11-2012 AECC Technical Seminar on Emissions from Non-Road Mobile Machinery

  • A full day Seminar covering the latest legislation and developments related to engines covered by Directive 97/68/EC.

  • Presentations were delivered on EU future legal proposals, air quality and locally suggested for implementation measures, quality and impacts on urban areas, black carbon and influence in global warming and human health, MS experience on implemented measures on air quality improvement, retrofitting and test results on various emissions cleaning methods and equipment.

 

Link: www.aecc.be/en/Publications/NRMM_Technical_Seminar.html

 

28 & 29-11-2012 Trans-European Transport Network Days (TEN-T Days)

  • The EU Commission's TEN-T Programme, dedicates financial support towards the realisation of important transport infrastructure projects. Key stakeholders are the EU Member States which are the beneficiaries of the projects funding. This programme is of high value and will continue to gain funding.

  • Two main lines are included in the TEN-T funding scheme: The Annual Programme and the Multi-Annual Programme.

  • Different participation criteria apply to each one.

  • More than 1 000 amendments have been posted for the new programme. Those amendments of the past programmes must also be evaluated and included if considered useful.

  • In this programme, with many Priorities, studies and support studies (adaptation to climate change, reduction of administrative costs, change of storage energy facility on board, alternative fuels and propulsion, market innovation, etc.), testing in all networks, nature projects, Private Public Partnerships (PPPs) , studies promoting PPPS, studies on potential use of PPPs implementation, nature and multi-modal environmental projects, among others are funded.

  • EU has a firm decision on a modal shift from transport by road to rail by 30% by 2030 and 50% by 2050.

  • Research is not funded under TEN-T. Neither are demos, trial or prototype testing projects. Only real life, applicable and transferable projects will be funded.

  • All modes of transport are eligible for funding.

  • At least two (2) Member States must be involved.

  • Rejection reasons and specific details of prioritised projects were discussed.

 

Link: http://tentea.ec.europa.eu/en/news__events/events/2012_ten-t_november_events.htm

 

21-11-2012PROGRESSIVE URBAN DEVELOPMENT - PES

 

  • In Herten – Germany -a wider area where 5 mil people are living) a EU-Municipal H2 production plant is established and running. Using wind power from one (1) turbine at a distance of 1,2 km the power plant produces H2 via electrolysis and electric power is used to run electric bicycles, vehicles etc.

  • A precise energy plan is drafted on the needs and stay of the art technology.

  • Municipality of Naestved, Denmark, manages a huge budget, as a lot of people are working for the Municipality with many duties and obligations according to domestic legislation.

  • A sophisticated public transport plan must be introduced, to provide solutions for people coming to the city from the outskirts. In a similar plan, when the goal set was a modal shift from private car to public transport use, a reduction of 40% car use was achieved in the city.

  • Sustainable energy efficiency in Naestved, is certified by DGNB (a German firm).

  • In Sjostad (Stockholm), the municipal operated public houses, use appliances, installed by the building developer, of class A and some additional requirements for energy efficiency are also implemented.

  • In Sjostad, citizens meetings are organized for every issue that concerns their area, or affected in any way.

  • In a Municipality in Denmark, a congestion tax, although denied by the government and municipality, was asked by the public and it was finally imposed. As a result congestion was reduced by 40 – 50%.

  • Many energy related issues are coming from Europe via Covenant of Mayors, and going back as advice or measures, or examples!

  • It is important to learn from each other and also see the different examples and extend the idea of sustainable planning.

  • It is important to involve people.

  • Changes are made to payments systems, so new technology is used but there is not enough staff to deal with all that.

  • Facebook, internet, modern techniques, etc., are used but not so many people were touched, especially older people.

  • Private sector is interested when an opportunity arises. If a good proposal is delivered then it could be implemented.

  • Some people are there and willing to work. They are needed, but cannot be given a blank check. Each proposal must be weighted carefully, if it creates jobs etc.

  • Cost for building new, energy efficient buildings, was claimed to be 25-30% more expensive than normal structures, but it was actually 2-3% (during the 90s). So new ideas and techniques, innovations and materials developed, are always helpful.

 

Link:www.pes.cor.europa.eu/feps.html

 

17-10-2012 CEN-CENELEC SME Toolkit Presentation

  • The SME Toolkit was officially announced, with short presentations on its functionality, case studies, links for additional information, etc..

  • A tool by which members of CEN/CENELEC are allowed to provide comments is under revision.

  • The e-learning project, supported by EU Commission, will start in beginning of 2013. It will allow learning by use of computer and will be easily accessible and simple to understand and use.

 

Link: www.cencenelec.eu/sme/SMEST/Pages/default.aspx

 

11 & 12-10-2012 Food, Agriculture and Bio-economy Event – FAB, EU Commission

  • Research: turning money into knowledge (books, texts, programmes, training, etc.).Europe is still leading at this path.

  • Innovation: turning knowledge into money (via business, market, manufacturing, etc.). EU is not doing well at all and signs are not optimistic.

  • Innovation is driven by demand and cannot be pushed.

  • Landfill directive: calls to reduce Municipal landfills by 35% of the levels of 1995. EUP is asking for a complete landfill ban by 2012 and COM is more or less agreeing to that.

  • There is a huge lack of cohesion of policy on the bio-economy, so corrective measures should be implemented as soon as possible.

  • 50% of our food is wasted in homes, restaurants, supermarkets.

  • Our habits must change and must not proceed with the same ways as before.

  • We should change our ways based on ideas, knowledge and innovation that we have developed in EU.

  • We should also use less meat and meat products, so bio-economy could take a different course.

  • A lot of food supplements are needed to increase nutritional value of bread and other flower products.

  • Millers used to select and grind wheat according to proteins values but not any more. Now flower is chosen according to price, but the quality of bread is not good, so added supplements are needed for color, volume, nutrition values, appearance, etc.

  • In EU, the population accounted about 85 mil in 2008 over 65 years and in 2060 is expected to reach 150 mil.

  • Food strategies are to be prepared and implemented to increase food supply for EU citizens, as nutritional problems are approaching fast.

  • Food programmes from FP2 to FP7 are increasing their funding to study the nutritional sustainability issue and produce methodologies and measures (Activities 2.2, 2.3, etc.) for resolving related problems.

  • Genomics should be seen in a careful way beneficial aspects are quite intriguing.

 

Lins: http://ec.europa.eu/research/index.cfm?pg=events&eventcode= 21CC905F-CC63-6DF7-ADC14E7C95123065

 

09-10-2012 OPEN DAYS – Covenant of Mayors (CoMo).

  • Comparison of the cluster by using an example of a grape (source) and turning it to wine in a bottle, via thousands of collaborators in trade agreements and exchanges in EU.

  • 600 – 800 grapes are needed to make a bottle of wine, but clusters use 5-8 issues per agreement.

  • Maximum running period for a cluster is 18 months.

  • Finance: 50% by EU and 50% by the project participants.

  • Before applying for funding on creation of a cluster, a check must identify other similar running in parallel projects and then a cluster should be formed with the experience already gathered by others, and disseminated via various ways, taken into account as an advantage.

  • For EU Commission, the added value of clusters is the dissemination of good practices, information, methodologies, discussions, strategic common thinking.

  • Good practices guides, manuals, methodologies are quite helpful as long as they are created in a way that transferability may be implemented. As a result, the participants individual programmes forming the clusters must comply with the same principles.

 

Link: www.eumayors.eu/news_en.html?id_news=389

 

25 & 26- 09-2012 CEN-CENELEC: Standard Days

  • Most Standards come from industry. Usually 3 yrs are needed for the development of a Standard.

  • Around 80% of Standards are created by the wish of the industry, users etc. and not by the legislators.

  • Quantification is very difficult to be precised, members should be able to provide the answer.

  • They become 'mandatory' in action, except some old approach Directives.

  • All standards are voluntary in their application, but more benefits are expected if they become mandatory.

  • Any one can propose a standard. Participants in the drafting of the standards include: Consumers, NGOs, Organizations (private or state), trade unions, etc.

  • The proposal goes to the WG which drafts the text, after that is sent to the Technical Committee, inquiry follows, then inclusion of results of the inquiry, VOTE follows and then the final text is delivered.

  • In order for a standards to become a EU standard it is required to get 71% of the votes. If not it must be re-examined and revised by technical committee. Votes are weighted according to the GDP of members states with voting right. (Germany and France have a 'bigger' vote than Malta).

  • Languages used for comments are English, French & German

  • National authorities translate the comments

  • All persons, SMES, etc. can provide comments. National web sites publish the texts for introduction of comments.

  • All work at national level on the preparation of National standard must stop as soon as CEN-CENELEC starts procedures for the creation of the specific standardization – this is called 'the stand still clause'.

  • A short number of countries must support the creation of the new standard. There are some additional regulations and evaluations for starting the procedure.

  • It is not in the Standard to provide or point out a market need or an aim. This depends of the market, the users, the stakeholders. Standards provide guidelines not market analysis or direction.

  • The EU Standard, replaces at the end all National Standards (e.g. around 33 National standards are eliminated by the implementation of one (1) CEN standard).

  • A Standard is excellent for import and export of products as the same criteria are applicable. It ensures the safety of products by implementing the required compliance with the relevant Directives, Regulations etc. .

  • By a directive and the mandate, (political wish), the Standard is connected to law.

  • There are numerous types of standards (Fundamental-terminology, conventions, signs, symbols,- Test methods and analytical, Specs for products, Organization and management).

  • Patents and loyalty rights are included in the Standards in a specific way so that the Standard would not be impeached and prevent its implementation. Relevant specific provisions do exist and require attention.

  • The ISO -CEN standards are readjusted internally (from CEN/ ENELEC)

  • IPR (Intellectual Property Rights): Referring to a number of distinct types of creations of the mind for which temporary property rights are recognized by the law.

  • National authorities provide the copyright documents.

  • Under IPR, certain exclusive temporary rights are recognized for intangible assets.

  • Caution must be given to the moral rights. The moral rights belong to the creator, but he may loose the exploitation rights or commercial purposes rights.

  • EU Commission interacts among MS authorities to coordinate and keep aligned the principals for export and internal market regulation.

 

Link: www.cencenelec.eu/aboutus/ourservices/Training/StandarDays/Pages/default.aspx

 

19 & 20-09-2012 EU – China Mayors’ Forum

  • The SUP - Sustainable Urban Park in Chengyang, comprises of50% residential, 25% Business (offices), 25% Showrooms, exhibitions etc..

  • Key points of design:

  • Sun position for solar and sustainable optimal energy use,

  • Prevailing wind for natural ventilation of the buildings,

  • Walking distance (with 5 km/h, in 5 minutes a 400 meters perimeter is covered, including most important parts of the park,

  • Friendliness of the areas inside this perimeter,

  • Building design differences, important to provide the 'belong' feeling,

  • Water consumption, taken into account,

  • Social aggregation spaces, included for human meetings, including additional socialize places,

  • Transportation systems (flows for walking space, bicycles, public transportation etc.) in separated lanes, taking into account pollution reduction, etc.

  • Energy and water are very cheap in China at the moment, but it will be more expensive in the future.

  • Sustainable construction is very important. It will prove to be a great investment for the present with huge future returns.

  • As expected from 2010 to 2015 labor and production cost will increase by around 35% in China.

  • Some firms are relocating inside China, to other areas, where local consumption is also estimated and wanted to add to the benefits of the relocation.

  • Specialized Chinese firms provide assistance to EU firms on where to invest, which location, contacts and facilitate governmental contacts, acting as liaison officers, providing different cooperation modes, etc..

  • In the 4 coming years the world population will grow by 40%

  • The high density of people in areas, joined with the emissions per person in cities, makes the pollution composition completely different in otherwise similar cities.

  • The situation is different for each city and model of development used. Not the same opportunities and targets exist in the various areas of China.

  • In every study, the analysis of emissions mix is important (industry, urban use, transportation etc.).

  • Measures and rules for green cities in China exist already for more than 20 years and are recently updated.

 

Questions by ProDessus:

  • When construction (of the Park) is going to start, what is the schedule, what the cost?

  • How long would it take for procedures to finalize, for an SME to come to China? (Including the need to have a Chinese partner for an SME to come to China).

 

Replies received:

  • The budget is EUR 500 million.

  • Start: 2013, expected to be finished in 4 years realised in 3 steps (planning, construction, sell). Selling of offices and apartments is scheduled to start in 2-3 years.

  • Finish: with no unforeseen delays and if all budget is used, it will be finished in 6 years (may exceed cost by 10-20 %).

  • An SME moving to China can stand alone. There is no need to have a Chinese co-owner, other affiliations, etc..

  • Red tape for the establishment lasts around 6 months.

  • Houses can be sold in China.

  • Cost for establishing a firm in China is negotiable and low.

  • China wants to attract SMEs. The cost for 1st year could even be free of charge.

 

Link:www.euchinamayorsforum.eu/home.html

 

04-09-2012 Stakeholder seminar on Passenger Ship Safety - (Dir 2009/45/EC) - Discussion on results from written and internet public consultations on the amendment of the Directive.
(Attendance by private invitation, based on the participation to the public consultation).

  • The Costa Concordia accident has drawn a lot of attention from public, legislators etc, and EU Commission is willing to take additional measures and not let things lay as they are. The safety issue is considered very important and will be pushed for further improvements.

  • The input from people responded to the impact consultation will be announced in a report, in order to circulate ideas and topics for further improvements.

  • Study of COWI (external consultant) , presented by the team leader, started in December 2011.

  • Strong comments were made on the number of ships presented at graphs (the presented numbers of ships per country were disputed (Spain 7 Sweden) and comments were asked to be submitted in writing by e-mail).

  • Safety issues, accidents numbers, type of ships in accidents and influence on safety of their structure, info on accident analysis reports were presented by very few MS and was difficult to analyze and combine or implement with other reports and issues.

  • Spain did provide accidents reports. They asked why these studies were not provided or circulated to other MS.

  • The reply (by Chair and Consultant) stated that 'as not all MS provided reports it could take 2 years to study all aspects. For budgetary, time and other reasons, choices were made and the work continued. In any case the replies to questionnaires are only indicative so needed decisions'.

  • Internal Market issues: Some issues could not be implemented for everyone so studies were to be considered indicative.

  • Independent Consultant comment:EU Commission needs to identify the accidents rates on a rate of a passenger per day per voyage and see if these figures are high and indicative of a safety issue. If not only suppositions are made by the current data delivered.

  • As replied by Chair, 'The objectives were clear and had to follow them. This was the intention of the study'.

  • There is a lack of accidents analysis but this must not mean that there is a safety problem

  • There is no need for more bureaucracy; this would impede progress or require more measures.

It is agreed that small companies, as family companies, depend on simple legislation and there is no need not to make their lives more difficult.

  • Historical, sailing, ships of heritage, ships are are also sailing vessels but are not covered in the presentation. Nothing was said on intra-european voyages.

  • More analysis on the definitions is needed.

  • The need We need to prevent dangerous practices, to report them as passengers, ship owners, etc., will be considered in future legislation.

  • The new proposal will be out in December or latest at the beginning of next year.

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    Link:http://ec.europa.eii/transport/maritime/consultations/201207-05passengershipsafety_en.htm

     

    19-06-2012 Delivering the Goods: Making Lorries Smarter, Safer and Greener

    • Various efforts and actions on amending the current freight transport specifications for more economical and less polluting delivery of goods were presented by stakeholders.

    • Presentations on technical details and advanced designs of lorries and trucks and their impacts on aerodynamics, fuel efficiency, emissions (mainly CO2), etc..

    • Problems identified with the current freight and transport lorries dimensions.

    • Presentation of eHighway trucks from Siemens: A hybrid system for freight transportation, via electrified road power-cable supply and when moving in a not electrified lane, move of the truck via hybrid engine.

     

    Link: www.transportenvironment.org/events/delivering-goods-making-lorries-smarter-safer-and-greener

     

    23 to 27-04-2012 Gas Week 2012 - Making a clean future real

    • An event in European Parliament, showcasing the essential role of Natural Gas(NG) in the future energy market.

    • NG emits up to 60% less CO2 compared to coal burning as used for power generation.

    • Most (70%) of the world's NG reserves are within the economic reach of EU (within a radious of 7.000 km).

    • 50-60% of EU gas suppliers are EU or EFTA States (Including Norway) and the rest reaches EU via already established routes from Russia, Africa and Middle East.

    • NG will play a major role in achieving emissions reduction by 2050 as agreed in EU.

    • More uses will appear for sectors currently using petrol and diesel.

    • Currently more than 300 000 direct jobs are provided in the EU, more are expected in the future, accompanied by a steep increase in indirect employment related to the sector.

    • NG infrastructure is expected to gain funding from EU programmes.

     

    Link: www.gasnaturally.eu/facts-about-gas/the-role-of-policy-makers

     

     

    27-03-2012 The Launch of Green Freight Europe (formerly known as SmartWay Europe) - The road to sustainable transport

    • Green Freight Europe is an industry-led programme driving reductions of carbon emissions from road freight in Europe.

    • It establishes a methodology for measuring and reporting carbon emissions and enables improved procurement decisions and collaboration between carriers and shippers to reduce CO2 emissions.

    • It acts as a platform for companies for sharing best practices, promotion of innovations and communication of sustainable improvements on EU road freight transport.

    • Its members include leading manufacturers, logistic service providers and road freight operators.

    • The emissions are calculated and monitored through a central database. All information, analysis and proposed solutions and measures will be validated via a certification system.

    • Efforts, initiatives and actions of the various members were presented.

     

    Question by ProDessus:

    • As mentioned on the brochures of the programme, emissions measurement and decreasing proposals are the main goals. Are particulates (PT) currently included in this effort or if not is there a plan to include them?

     

    Reply received:

    • PT are not included. We understand the issue, we have it in mind but the main effort is to have CO2 measurement and figures in place, as contributed by our members and form a CO2 reduction plan, that would be harmonized and include as many as possible data from various types of transport means.

    • In the future, if all goes according to our plan and no major delays are met, we could consider also studying PT and identify means to reduce them.

     

    Links: www.smartwa y-europe.eu/SmartWay_Launch .html

    www.greenfreighteurope.eu/

     

    Contribution to Consultations

     

    13 April to 5 July 2012 Public Consultation on Passenger Ship Safety (EU Commission-DG MOVE)

     

    Contribution to Positions

     

    17-04-2012 European Intermodal Association, 60/21 Arenberg 44, B-1000 Brussels

    Subject: Reply toClarification request on the comment of ProDessus during the Launch of Green Freight Europe on 'what is the use of measuring CO2 (technical not possible, or legally not bound) whereas PM would make more sense’.

     

    Webinars

     

    12-09-2012 Covenant of Mayors

    • EU funding is important for Municipalities and main projects

    • NALAS: Network of Associations of Local Authorities of South East Europe is a good funding source.

    • For funding under Cohesion fund of EU, the responsibility lies to the MS Managing Authority as they do all the work.

    • A lot of funding goes to Renewable energy Sources (RES) and new technologies development.

    • Shift to low carbon economy to all sectors is an imperative and will act as key policy issue.

    • Loans and guarantees are available for local authorities.