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Northern Dimension in 2030 – How to grasp the opportunities and fight the challenges?

The second Northern Dimension Day took place in Stockholm, Sweden, back‐to‐back with the 7th Strategy Forum of the EU Strategy…

Energy Efficiency Call 2016 is now open

New funding opportunities: Energy Efficiency Call 2016

Horizon 2020 topics facilitating the market uptake of energy technologies and services, fostering social innovation, removing non-technological barriers, promoting standards and accelerating the cost effective implementation of the Union's energy policies, have opened.

Read more and apply on the EASME 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.

Report: Nordic Energy Technology Perspectives 2016

Nordic Energy Technology Perspectives 2016. Cities, flexibility and pathways to carbon-neutrality

Nordic Energy Technology Perspectives 2016 (NETP 2016) is a Nordic edition of the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) global Energy Technology Perspectives 2016. The report offers a detailed scenario-based analysis of how the Nordic countries can achieve a near carbon-neutral energy system. The Nordic Carbon-Neutral Scenario achieves an 85% reduction of Nordicenergy-related CO2 by 2050 (from 1990 levels) at lowest total cost. This takes place in the context of the IEA’s global 2-degree scenario and uses the same models and assumptions. The analysis is carried out by seven leading Nordic research institutes and the IEA. The project is coordinated and supported by Nordic Energy Research.

Open call for transnational smart grids projects

Nordic Energy Research, in cooperation with NordForsk, is facilitating the call process on behalf of the ERA-Net Smart Grids Plus partners.

ERA-Net Smart Grids Plus is an initiative of funding programmes from 21 European countries and regions. The overall goal of ERA-Net Smart Grids Plus is to support knowledge-sharing between European smart grids initiatives by promoting and financing joint projects. This document is an invitation to respond to the 2016 joint transnational call for smart grids projects in Europe. The total available budget is approximately €20 million.

Deadline for application is June, 15.

For further information, please visit the Nordic Energy Research website.

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.

 

Kaliningrad Wastewater Treatment Plant finally in operation

The long-awaited wastewater treatment plant in Kaliningrad started operations on 18 December 2015 at about half of its capacity. By April 2016, the plant has reached almost full capacity processing biologically over 100,000 cubic meters of wastewater per day. The construction of the plant’s sand-filter and UV disinfection units will be finalized during the nearest weeks, and the handling and disposal of wastewater sludge will be solved during the next few months.

New issue of "Green Growth the Nordic Way"

Nordic Council of Ministers has published a new issue of the web magazine "Green Growth the Nordic Way" that focuses on climate financing and parliamentary follow-up to COP21 (the 2015 Paris Climate Conference). This issue looks at two factors, namely the role of the elected parliamentarians to ensure climate action and the possibilities to secure a better financing for green investments.

Read the "Green Growth the Nordic Way"

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.

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

Improving the environment with committed stakeholders

The Northern Dimension Environmental Partnership (NDEP) has been highly successful in co-financing projects to improve wastewater treatment in North West Russia. As a result of NDEP’s 14 year cooperation with St Petersburg Vodokanal, the city is now treating 98.4% of its wastewater. NDEP grants of EUR 40 million, combined with loans of EUR 220 million from the EBRD, EIB, NIB and NEFCO have helped to leverage investments worth over EUR 860 million. Since 2011, all major wastewater treatment plants in St Petersburg have been treating wastewater in full compliance with HELCOM recommendations. NDEP has financed similar investments also in other cities in Russia to protect the fragile ecology of the Baltic and Barents Seas area.

NEFCO’s Framework Agreement with Belarus

Belarus joined Northern Dimension Environmental Partnership (NDEP) in 2010 and the first phase of wastewater treatment projects in Vitebsk, Grodno and Brest has now entered an implementation phase. NDEP grants of EUR 6 million have attracted IFI loans and additional bilateral grants from Finland and Sweden. The total financing package for the three cities is approximately EUR 70 million. Encouraged by this success, Belarus pledged new funds to NDEP to finance the next phase of additional wastewater treatment investments, potentially worth around EUR 56 million. For this purpose, NEFCO signed a Framework Agreement with the Government of Belarus on 20 January in London to step up their activities to protect the environment in the Northern Dimension Area.

Report: Energy and Transport – Key results and recommendations (2014)

Report: Energy and Transport – Key results and recommendations (2014)

Filip Ehrle Elveling (Editor), Hans-Olof Dahlberg, Hans Fridberg, Lars Hasselager-Olsen, Ágústa Loftsdóttir, Lars Nilsson, Mogens Schrøder Bech, Erlend Solem, Per-Andre Torper and Tom Warras

The Energy and Transport programme, spanning from 2010 to 2014, has aimed to contribute to making the Nordic region a leading region in Europe for developing, demonstrating and using new, sustainable energy technologies in the transportation sector.

This report summarises the programme’s results and key recommendations, pointing to a successful outcome with novel project ideas, new Nordic partnerships and combined research efforts. The Nordic countries are, though having a lot in common, different in many aspects. It is when combining these differences to achieve mutually beneficial results that the Nordic region can really become a leading region of new, innovative technology developments in sustainable transportation.

Nordic Energy Research

Horizon 2020 Energy Efficiency: Information Day 12 Dec 2014, Brussels

Horizon 2020 Energy Efficiency Information Day will be held on 12 December 2014 in Brussels.

In the Information Day you will...

  • Get an update on the European policy on sustainable energy.
  • Learn about the energy efficiency priorities of the 2015 Horizon 2020 calls.
  • Find out how to apply for funding.
  • Participate in sessions dedicated to the different funding areas, meet the EASME team and get answers to your questions.
  • Use the opportunity to find new project partners.

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.

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.

RENSOL project ending

The project “Energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions in Kaliningrad Oblast” (RENSOL) is ending after almost three years. NDI has been one of the project partners and Baltic Development Forum (BDF) has led the implementation work. Now there is a story about the RENSOL project in the latest BDF Newsletter. You can find the Newsletter here.

The project’s key focus was on energy efficiency (EE) and renewable energy solutions (RES) in Kaliningrad Oblast. The overall project objective was to enable partners in Kaliningrad – in collaboration with Nordic partners – to tackle climate change challenges more effectively through EE and RES solutions, and thereby supporting the cross-border and cross-level cooperation.

For more information about the RENSOL, please see project's website http://www.rensol.eu/

NEFCO chairs Northern Dimension Environmental Partnership

Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO) assumed the chairmanship for the Northern Dimension Environmental Partnership (NDEP) from 1 July 2014. NEFCO will manage the activities of the Steering Group, which is responsible for coordinating environmental development projects in the Northern Dimension Area of Northwest Russia and Northern Belarus. The chairmanship rotates yearly.

Learn more on NEFCO's chairmanship.

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.

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