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Study on big data and B2B platforms: the next big opportunity for Europe - Thursday, September 12, 2019

 

On behalf of the European Commission, the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) is conducting the study 'big data and B2B platforms: the next big opportunity for Europe'. The study started in December 2018 to analyse how to accelerate the growth of the data-based economy and to support the development of B2B platforms in Europe. It focuses on 2 sectors: (i) cooperative, connected and automated mobility and (ii) high-impact healthcare.

The study will be completed by December 2020. The study will deliver 2 pilots, one titled 'Fair and equal data sharing for cooperative, connected and automated mobility' and the other with the title 'Piloting a high-quality, diabetes-related data repository by using the latest technologies and big data breakthroughs'. It will be conducted in consultation with stakeholders such as policy-makers, business and industry representatives, SMEs and large companies, as well as academia and researchers. Selected stakeholders will take part in 8 workshops (4 for each pilot) to contribute to designing and testing the main features of 2 pilots. The study also foresees to produce a report aiming to identify potential market deficiencies and regulatory barriers, which may hinder the use of big data, notably by SMEs. The report will be completed by the end of the study in Fall 2020. A final conference will take place in December 2020 in Brussels to inform a broader stakeholders’ audience about the study findings.

Pilot on fair and equal data sharing for cooperative, connected and automated mobility

The pilot aims to prove the concept of a possible solution that can help improve fair and undistorted competition. Particularly, on equal access for all market participants (in particular SMEs) to in-vehicle data, using a shared data platform.

The first workshop of this pilot took place on 11 April 2019 and brought 37 experts around the table. The workshop covered

1) the analysis of the main features of shared server architecture where relevant vehicle data are transferred to an external server and made available to service providers

2) the proposal of the set of services to be provided by the Shared Server to service providers

3) the discussion around liability, ownership and competition barriers related to data sharing

During the ongoing design phase, the pilot development is focused on identifying and addressing the main issues arising from the pilot implementation of the Shared Server architecture, touching upon the issues of data transmission, semantic interoperability and standardisation. Furthermore, based on the group of services identified during the first workshop, the services are being coupled with pilot data and reviewed to guarantee services’ feasibility and efficiency which depends on the kind of data – streamed data vs. data at rest – they use. The issues of data privacy are also being further explored through the investigation of the platform’s user registration flows and the methods for services and service providers registration. The progress on the above elements will be presented and discussed with the workshop participants during the second workshop scheduled for Tuesday 17 September 2019.

Pilot on a high-quality, diabetes-related data repository by using the latest technologies and big data breakthroughs

The pilot aims to extract and exploit data from type2 diabetes (T2D) datasets to develop a comprehensive biomarker package that quantifies the relevant processes of the metabolic flexibility system and determines an individual’s metabolic health trajectory and predisposition to certain conditions. The extracted T2D data will be coupled with real world evidence (RWE) data from multiple sources outside the typical clinical research setting. The ultimate aim of the pilot is to test and further develop a federated database infrastructure responding to FAIR principles (findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable) able to connect data from different research sources. The added value of such an infrastructure will be shown by specific use cases.

The first workshop of the pilot took place on 23 May 2019 with the participation of 28 experts. The workshop covered

  • requirements of the infrastructure for data sharing
  • the opportunities and barriers for the health data market and commercial use of health data in the T2D domain

During the ongoing design phase, the process for the data selection and extraction is being elaborated together with the ontology (the definitions and rules for data interaction), and some practical examples of how the data will be used in the database.

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The second round of workshops for both pilots takes place in Brussels on 17 September 2019, at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) at Place du Congrès 1, 1000 Brussels.

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3rd C-Track 50 roundtable with national stakeholders, March 19, 2019 - Tuesday, March 26, 2019

 The 3rd C-Track 50 roundtable with national Greek entities was realised in National Technical University of Athens, on March 19. Representatives of the Ministry of Environment and Energy, the Ministry of Infrastructure, Transport and Networks, the Region of Epirus, the Region of Thessaly, the Center for Renewable Sources and Energy Saving, the Technical Chamber of Greece, the Sustainable City Network, as well as representatives of the National Technical University of Athens and EPTA (as C-Track 50 partners) participated in the meeting.

The aim of the meeting was the presentation and discussion of C-Track 50 proposals submitted to the public consultation of the National Action Plan for Energy and Climate. Emphasis was also placed on ways in which multi-level governance can be strengthened, i.e. cooperation between local, regional and national authorities in the context of long-term energy planning.
A proposal that received a positive response from the two regions participating in the meeting, was the link between financing mechanisms and individual emission reduction targets that can be set at the level of each region, according to its characteristics and potential.
The representatives of the two regions informed the participants about the energy efficiency projects in their territory and presented the barriers they are faced during their implementation, especially when there is need to cooperate with the local authorities.
The meeting was concluded with proposals including national measures and policies that could support the ambitious European long-term goals towards decarbonisation.
 

1st C-Track 50 Workshop with Local Stakeholders, November 15, 2018 - Sunday, November 18, 2018

On November 15th, the first regional/local roundtable was organised with invited representatives from numerous municipalities. These were municipalities who had expressed interest in receiving support from C-Track 50 for their 2050 energy planning and for the preparation of funding proposals for selected energy projects. The purpose of this meeting was to present the services to be offered within the project and to set work schedules. At the same time, there was a first brainstorming on the current situation and the municipalities’ needs for technical support due to their different characteristics and experience. Lastly, emphasis was placed on identifying their long-term priorities, through exchange of ideas.

Through invited speakers in the fields of energy communities, public financing schemes, energy performance contracts etc., the attendees also learnt about energy saving projects as well as financial tools that can be used in these projects, but also in the municipalities’ sustainable development. 

 

2nd C-Track 50 roundtable with National Stakeholders, October 22, 2018 - Thursday, October 25, 2018

The 2nd C-Track 50 roundtable with national Greek entities was realised in the premises of the National Technical University of Athens, on the 22nd of October. Representatives of the Ministry of Energy, the Region of Epirus, the Region of Thessaly, the Center for Renewable Sources and Energy Saving, the Technical Chamber of Greece, the Sustainable City Network, as well as representatives of the National Technical University of Athens and EPTA (as C-Track 50 partners) participated in the meeting.

The discussion focused on the long-term energy planning in Greece, as reflected in the European carbon neutrality objective for 2050 (80-85% emissions’ reduction), as well as on some preliminary proposals to further strengthen it. At the same time, the conversation turned to whether some of these proposals could be incorporated into the 2030 plan, which is expected to be published within the next two weeks.
Subsequently, emphasis was given on how regions and local authorities could support the process and the energy planning objectives through multilevel governance as well as through individual targets for emissions’ reduction.
In this framework, C-Track 50 committed to mature the proposals, which will also be sent to the meeting’s participants, in order to be submitted in the open consultation to be held for the national energy plan, expected in November.
 
 

C-Track 50 roundtable with national stakeholders, 05/07/2018 - Tuesday, August 21, 2018

 The first C-Track 50 roundtable was realized in Athens, with the participation of NTUA and EPTA, and representatives from the Ministry of Environment and Energy, the Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and Energy Efficiency, the Technical Chamber of Greece and the Sustainable City network. The discussion was focused on the energy policy planning process and the role that regions and municipalities can undertake, as well as possible ways to improve the collaboration between the relevant stakeholders. All participants renewed their commitment for the two upcoming roundtables.

 

TRANSrisk COP23 side events, 6 and 9 November 2017 - Thursday, November 30, 2017

TRANSrisk “Implementing NDCs: Diversity of Actors and Actions” and “The future of nuclear, oils sands and renewables: risky energy pathways?” COP23 side events took place on the 6th and 9th of November 2017, in Bonn, Germany. In these workshops results from TRANSrisk case studies in Canada, China, Indonesia, Switzerland and UK were presented. To find more about the events click here: www.transrisk-project.eu/updates/events/transrisk-side-events-cop23-6-and-9-november-2017-bonn-germany.

 

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