11 Apr 2013
The Council of Ministers approved on April 5th the State Plan of Promotion of Rental Housing , Rehabilitation, Regeneration and Urban Renewal (2013-2016) and the Draft Law on Rehabilitation, Urban Regeneration and Renewal, which (along the new Law of Renting Promotion) represent a paradigm shift in housing policy (link to press release in Spanish).
02 Apr 2013
“The debate must include heating and cooling ” urged the Heat Coalition as the Green Paper A 2030 framework for climate and energy policies was published on 27th March 2013. Shall we remember that last year they already claimed for a more ambitious European heating and cooling policy. According to the Heat Coalition, a platform gathering 11 European associations with a stake in the heating...
21 Mar 2013
For all of you who wonder what does a “Technology Platform” work in, we are going to show you today all the activities that have been made within GEOPLAT during 2012 to accomplish our goals. We would like to remember you that GEOPLAT specific objectives are: To provide a framework within which, all sectors involved in the development of geothermal energy, lead by the industry,...
13 Mar 2013
The financiation of the innovation of the companies in 2010 + Bibliometric indicators of the Spanish scientific activity in 2010
The Spanish Observatory of R&D&I of the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) has recently published in its web ICONO two new reports. Below is a summary of their most important conclusions. “PITEC 2010: The financiation of the innovation of the companies” In the recesive phase (2008-2010), the companies with R&D expenditure have had less job destruction than the economy as a whole. The...
08 Feb 2013
Approved: Spanish Strategy of Science and Technology and of Innovation, and the State Plan of Scientific and Technical Investigation and of Innovation
The Spanish Strategy of Science and Technology and of Innovation and the State Plan of Scientific and Technical Investigation and of Innovation were approved on February the 1st, two important documents for the R&D Spanish community in the upcoming years. (Documents in Spanish. Source: MINECO)
11 Jan 2013
The European Commission published a draft decision awarding NER300 funds to the Geothermal South Hungarian Enhanced Geothermal System (EGS) Demonstration Project. The Hungarian project is one of the 23 innovative renewable energy technology projects funded according to the outcome of the first call for proposals under the NER300 programme. The funds were raised from the sale of 200 million allowances from the new entrants’ reserve (NER) of the EU Emissions...
12 Dec 2012
The European Technology Platforms (ETPs) are already an existing powerful tool and they could be the concrete solution for innovation and deployment of the industrial policy. ETPs have been active in implementation of the FP 7 for R&I of the EU.and are now providing information and proposals to the ongoing work for the establishment of Horizon 2020 to bring it into line with the real...
10 Aug 2012
WWF’s Geothermal Ring of Fire program has an ambition to shift towards the use of renewable energy, particularly in the sustainable production and use of geothermal energy, in Indonesia and the Phillipines by 2015, as a catalyst for the economy, community empowerment, biodiversity conservation and reduce greenhouse emmissions. This report presents Indonesia’s challenges and opportunities to be the leader in developing sustainable geothermal options. WWF commits to...
21 Jun 2012
The European Commission’s communication on renewable energy issued on 6th June examines the current 2020 framework for the development of the sector and outlines policy options for the post-2020 phase. “The Commission is pushing for rigorous implementation and enforcement of the Renewable Energy Directive, and rightly so. We must make sure that, even in the current economic crisis, we meet our 2020 objectives, and most...
11 May 2012
Combating climate change and ensuring the security of energy supply represent profound challenges for Europe. Adapting the current energy scenario into a truly sustainable one will require realising the full potential of renewable energy sources to satisfy the heating and cooling demand– which accounts for around half of the EU’s final energy consumption. The European Technology Platform on Renewable Heating & Cooling (RHC-Platform) brings together stakeholders from...