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A new global research funding programme on Transformations to Sustainability (ISSC)

A new global research funding programme on Transformations to Sustainability (ISSC)

Deadline for submissions is 31 May 2014.

Transformations to Sustainability will promote research on the most urgent problems of global change and sustainability — including climate change, biodiversity loss, water and food security, energy consumption, and poverty and growing inequalities.

A new tool to assess off-shore wind power logistics costs

Logistics is an important competitive factor for the offshore wind industry. With a share of up to 20% of total cost, logistics expenses have a significant impact on the profitability of a wind farm. However, compared to other industries, the wind energy sector is still far away from transparency in logistics costs. A particular challenge for the maritime supply chain results from the effects of disturbances such as the influence of weather conditions, which considerably complicate the planning of a holistic logistics concept.

Innovations based on tight co-operation between researchers and industry are required to tackle problems like this. A good example of such cooperation is the Offshore Logistics Diagnostic tool developed by the Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics (ISL), Fraunhofer IFF, and Logistics Service Agency Bremerhaven. It was used in practice with the energy supplier EnBW to simulate maritime logistics processes for the construction of the offshore wind farm Baltic 2. It is the first offshore logistics planning tool based on dynamic simulation technology that has been successfully used in practice. The tool supports the planning of logistics concepts as well as the verification of previously proposed concepts for the construction of offshore wind farms. It can therefore support all actors involved, including logistics service providers, energy suppliers, manufacturers, shipping companies, port operators, engineers, or banks and insurance companies.

Aleksanteri Insight: The Arctic Paradox and Russia's Energy Policy

Through its use of the Arctic, Russia tries to fortify the idea that it is a global energy superpower, writes Veli-Pekka Tynkkynen in the March issue of Aleksanteri Insight, a series of expert opinions published by the Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki.

Read the article in full here.

Baltic Rim Economies Issue 3, May 2015

​The Baltic Rim Economies introduces articles on current topics concerning the Baltic Sea region. This issue includes, among others, the article on the energy market of the Baltic countries written by the Vice President of the European Commission, Maroš Šefčovič.

Read Baltic Rim Economies 3/2015

Call for proposals: The Nordic Green Growth Research and Innovation Programme

The main research and innovation funders in the Nordic countries are now launching the joint Nordic Green Growth Research and Innovation Programme in cooperation with NordForsk, Nordic Innovation and Nordic Energy Research.

The programme will cover innovation, research and energy, as well as science and technology. The programme will generate Nordic added value and create synergies with relevant initiatives nationally and at the Nordic level. The total budget amounts to NOK 73 million.

The deadline for application is 18 August 2016.

For further information, please visit NordForsk website.

 

Call for proposals: The Nordic Green Growth Research and Innovation Programme

The Nordic countries have committed themselves to ambitious climate goals towards 2050 in terms of developing energy efficient and low-carbon societies. To achieve these goals, extensive green transitions are needed in all areas of the Nordic societies and economies, facilitated by promoting green economic growth, sustainability and competitiveness in both the public and the private sectors.

The main research and innovation funders in the Nordic countries are now launching the joint Nordic Green Growth Research and Innovation Programme (hereafter “the programme”) in cooperation with NordForsk, Nordic Innovation and Nordic Energy Research.

The programme will cover innovation, research and energy, as well as science and technology. The programme will generate Nordic added value and create synergies with relevant initiatives nationally and at the Nordic level.

Application period ends in 16.08.2016 - 10:00 CET

The total budget amounts to NOK 73 million.

Funding decision: mid-November 2016. Project start-up: Q1 2017.

Find more information about the Programme from the NordForsk website.

Conference on petroleum resources, energy-political cooperation and social development in the Arctic region.

Norwegian-Russian cooperation – The path behind us and the path ahead

The Research Council of Norway arranges a Norwegian-Russian conference on petroleum resources, energy-political cooperation and social development in the Arctic region.

The conference will be held on 19.-20. Nov. 2014 in Oslo, Norway.

For more information and registration please see the Research Council of Norway website.

Dissertation: Black carbon deposition in the European Arctic from the preindustrial to the present

Meri M. Ruppel
Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences
Department of Environmental Sciences
University of Helsinki, Finland

The objective of this thesis is to collect new spatial and temporal data on BC deposition in the European Arctic from the preindustrial to the present (i.e., the last ca. 300 years), and assess BC sources and climatic implications, by analysing five lake sediment cores from Arctic Finland and an ice core from Svalbard. 

The results suggest that black carbon may have exerted a significant impact on the radiative forcing and thereby past climatic warming of the Arctic, in the most recent three or four decades. However, the study indicates that local results cannot necessarily be extrapolated over wider areas, and therefore further studies are required to establish regional black carbon deposition trends within the Arctic.

To read the thesis, please visit University of Helsinki webpage.

EASME looking for experts on environment and resources

The European Commission Executive Agency for SMEs (EASME) is looking for independent experts to act as peer reviewers in the evaluation of project proposals in the fields of climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials. The next evaluations in the field of environment and resources are planned for spring 2016.

EASME is looking for experts from local, regional and national administration, including environmental and civil protection agencies, industry, business associations and innovation agencies, and universities and research institutes (in particular from Central and Eastern European countries).

Further information is available at EASME page.

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