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EuCheMS-STOA workshop on energy storage
On 11 February 2014, EuCheMS co-organised with the Scientific and Technologic Option Assessment (STOA) of the European Parliament a workshop entitled “The energy storage challenge: which contribution from chemical sciences?”
The workshop was very well attended and presented main possibilities for storing energy that require contribution and development of chemical sciences: physical devices, such as batteries or super-capacitors, and storage of energy in chemical bonds to release the stored energy at another time and place.
Commission proposes 40% emissions target for 2030
The European Commission unveiled a long-awaited proposal for 2030 climate, confirming plans not to renew the current 20-20-20 strategy for the following decade. The new communication proposes a binding target for reducing emissions by 40% from 1990 levels. This is in line with the Commission's long-term plan to reduce EU emissions by 80% by 2050.
Member States urged to improve quality checks in universities and vocational colleges
European Commission published two reports on quality assurance in higher education and vocational training. The reports highlight that, although progress has been achieved, further reforms are needed to ensure a 'quality culture' so that teaching is more closely aligned with labour market realities and societal needs. They also call for more emphasis to be given to international cooperation and for students to have a greater say in decision-making.
Carbon capture and storage is 'back on the European Commission's agenda'
The European Commission has just adopted a policy framework for climate and energy. CCS it is described as a 'key complementary policy' for the achievement of the EU's 2030 low carbon goals. The new policy framework emphasises that CCS may be the only option available if heavy industry is to deliver significant CO2 reductions and that its demonstration is essential over the next decade.
Food and drink environmental footprint assessment
The ENVIFOOD Protocol is the first sectoral framework methodology to build on both global (ISO) and EU (Product Environmental Footprint-PEF) approaches in order to provide specific guidance for conducting environmental footprint assessments in the food, feed and drink sector. It will promote informed choice by encouraging users of the ENVIFOOD Protocol to conduct assessments that are scientifically reliable and consistent, understandable and not misleading.
MEPs vote for new public-private scheme for innovative medicines
The European Parliament's committee on industry, research and energy (ITRE) adopted the second public-private joint venture in innovative medicines (IMI2). IMI is a public-private partnership between the European Commission and the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA). The objective is to improve the process of developing new drugs and treatments by supporting cooperation in research and development.

Funding Updates and Awards

Sustainable food security
Proteins of the future
Deadline: 12 March 2014
Competitive low-carbon energy
Developing next generation technologies for biofuels and sustainable alternative fuels
Deadline: 1 April 2014
Enabling decarbonisation of the fossil fuel-based power sector through CCS
Deadline: 1 April 2014
Local / small-scale storage
Deadline: 7 May 2014
Innovative, sustainable and inclusive bioeconomy
Sustainable and resilient agriculture for food and non-food systems
Deadline: 26 June 2014
Nanotechnologies, advanced materials and production
Fibre-based materials for non-clothing applications
Deadline: 26 March 2015
The European Young Researchers’ Award 2014 call is now open
The European Young Researchers’ Award (EYRA) is granted to researchers demonstrating outstanding research performance and leadership. At the same time, the award aims to inspire early stage and experienced researchers to incorporate a European dimension and perspective into their research. The Award is granted each year but the prize-giving-ceremony is held every two years at the Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF) where the two recipients will present their work.
Deadline: 14 March 2014

Consultations and Roadmaps

Public consultation on the progress towards the 2020 energy efficiency objective and a 2030 energy efficiency policy framework
The aim of this public consultation is to seek the opinions of the general public and all stakeholders on the issues related to energy efficiency policies and measures for 2020 and 2030.  Particularly, the replies submitted to this consultation will provide an important input to the review of progress towards the 2020 energy efficiency target under Article 3(2) of the Energy Efficiency Directive 2012/27/EU. They will also be taken into consideration for the follow-up of the Communication “A policy framework for climate and energy in the period from 2020 to 2030” to establish the exact ambition of future energy savings policy and the measures necessary to deliver it.
Deadline: 28 April 2014

Business Updates

European Parliament publishes new studies
The European Parliament Committee on on industry, research and energy (ITRE) has recently published two studies on small and medium enterprises (SMEs):
SMEs participation under Horizon 2020:
The consequences of REACH for SMEs:
Transatlantic treaties and REACH: incompatible?
Currently at the heart of many debates in the press, the draft treaty for a transatlantic Free Trade Area between Europe and the US (TAFTA) could cause issues with many European environmental regulations such as REACH. The problem has to do with clauses on the dispute settlement procedures between investors and states.

Forthcoming Events

Opportunities for SMEs under Horizon 2020: "Horizon 2020 Is Open for Business"
3 March 2014
Brussels, Belgium
Industrial Technologies 2014
9-11 April 2014
Athens, Greece
Transport Research Arena 2014: Innovate Mobility, Mobilise Innovation
14-17 April 2014
Paris, France

5th EuCheMS Chemistry Congress

31 August - 4 September 2014
Istanbul, Turkey

Upcoming EuCheMS Recognised Events

12th Chemistry Conference for Young Scientists
27 - 28 February 2014
Blankenberge, Belgium

Analytica conference
1 - 3 April 2014
Munich, Germany

The European Sustainable Chemistry Award 2014

The third Award, a prize of â‚¬10,000 will be presented during the 5th EuCheMS Chemistry Congress, on 31 August - 4 September 2014 in Istanbul, Turkey.
The deadline for application is 1st of March 2014.
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