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H O R I Z O N 2 0 2 0 P R O J E C T S : P O R TA L

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SOCIETAL CHALLENGES (continued)

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SPECIAL FEATURE: ANIMAL ETHICS

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THE ENDURING DEBATE

Portal sets out the European Commission’s reply to the Stop Vivisection ECI and the response of the petition organisers and LERU

PROFILE:

The CABMM outlines why ethical consideration of animal experiments should be the everyday business of researchers

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PROFILE:

Professor Tjard de Cock Buning offers his views on why we need greater education on ethical justification

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DEBATING VIVISECTION

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Portal details the Stop Vivisection Europe Citizens’ Initiative and the subsequent debate at the European Parliament in Brussels

“A FANTASTIC MISTAKE”

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Portal spoke to Professor Kurt Deketelaere, LERU secretary general, about his views on the Stop Vivisection European Citizens’ Initiative

SOCIETAL CHALLENGES: ENERGY

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ENERGY CHALLENGE

Attending INNOVEIT 2015 in the Hungarian capital Budapest, the chief executive of KIC InnoEnergy, Diego Pavía, set out to Portal his

thoughts on the EU’s steps to tackle its energy crisis, how the KIC is mobilising the entire energy supply to contribute to innovation,

and how the Union can remain competitive with North America and Asia in tomorrow’s technologies

PROFILE:

The Crown Estate is working to create a portfolio of CO

2

storage site appraisal options

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ENERGY EFFICIENT INNOVATIONS

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Luc Bourdeau, the secretary general of ECTP-E2BA, provides a perspective on the development of energy efficient buildings in Europe

today. Shedding light on the efforts underway to make the construction sector more efficient, Bourdeau details the practical efforts

that promise a better future

PROFILE:

The Centre for Sustainable Development uses creative vision, professionalism and commitment to promote sustainable behaviour

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PROFILE:

Stichting Agrodome works towards achieving better building for the future

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SMARTENING UP THE CITY

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Speaking to co-ordinator Gustaf Landahl, Portal details the Horizon 2020-backed GrowSmarter project about realising smart city

innovation. Through working with the lighthouse cities of Stockholm, Cologne and Barcelona, he sets out the goal of demonstrating

12 smart solutions and bringing them to market across the sectors of energy, infrastructure and urban mobility

PROFILE:

The Nimbus Centre is driving a smart agenda for Ireland by leading Internet of Things research

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PROFILE:

Researchers at EPFL develop a battery that converts renewable energy into electricity or hydrogen

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SOWING THE SMART GRID SEEDS

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As energy issues remain high on the political agenda, it is evident that Brussels believes a greater role for Europe is required in the

arena. In the area of the smart grid, work continues apace. In this interview Maher Chebbo, member of the Smart Grids European

Technology Platform, outlined the key issues to Portal

BUILDING THE BIOFUELS

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As MEPs agree to a 7% cap on the contribution of biofuels produced from ‘food’ crops, Portal explores the work of the

European Biofuels Technology Platform. In an interview the ETP’s Birger Kerckow and Britta Müller detail its objectives,

its contribution to Horizon 2020, increasing the uptake of this renewable energy source, and the chance of a biofuel-

led society

PROFILE:

The Department of Energy Technology uses hydrothermal liquefaction to significantly reduce the carbon footprint in transportation

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SOCIETAL CHALLENGES: CLIMATE ACTION

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CREATING TOMORROW’S CLIMATE

Portal travelled to Budapest for INNOVEIT 2015 and discovered the role and achievements of the EU’s main climate innovation

initiative, Climate-KIC. On the conference sidelines, chief executive Bertrand van Ee spoke to Portal about a “moral obligation” to act

and detailed how the KIC is realising fresh ideas by bringing education and industry closer together

CLIMATE LEADER

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On the sidelines of the European Business Summit 2015 in Brussels, Dr Christoph Wolff, of the European Climate Foundation, set out

to Portal how the EU is steering climate change mitigation. He provided his thoughts on the EU’s NER 300 programme, the role of

Horizon 2020, and expectations of the upcoming COP21 talks on climate change in Paris later this year

NATURE’S SOLUTION

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The University of Lisbon’s Professor Francisco Castro Rego detailed the wide-ranging potential of Nature-based solutions at Green Week 2015

GREEN FAMILY CIRCLE

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At Green Week 2015, Portal investigated the action needed to realise the circular economy with Dirk Holemans, Oikos think tank co-ordinator

GROWING ROOTS

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Professor Dr Eberhard Fischer details his latest projects in Rwanda and his quest for EU funding

PROFILE:

The University of Koblenz-Landau highlights the importance of understanding the evolution of

Impatiens

as a climate change indicator

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© European Climate Foundation

© KIC InnoEnergy

©GrowSmarter