EU to open “gold mine” in public administrations

To ensure the EU is on path to sustainable growth the Union must strengthen its innovative potential and use its resources in the best possible way. Public data such  as geographical information, statistics, weather data and data from publicly funded research projects are part of these resources.

Currently the situation is rather unsatisfying in that most of this data is still untapped yet the potential for re-use in new products and services could trigger innovation. Economic gains could amount to € 40 billion if this valuable raw material – public data – will become open. Continue reading “EU to open “gold mine” in public administrations”

Ministers and businesses agree on accelerating transition

Last Thursday The Financial Times, Le Monde and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung published an article which set out possible economic benefits that could be achieved by increasing the EU’s target of 20% to a more ambitious 30%.  Ministers of the UK, Germany and France laid out their visions for simultaneously increasing those targets and achieving better results for businesses.

This week, there was a positive response from companies, many of them well-known brands like Asda, Barilla, BT, Deutsche Telecom, Lloyds Banking Group, Nestle, Philips, Skai, Tesco, Thames Water and Vodafone.  Sector leader such as Acciona, Allianz, Beluga Shipping, Centrica, Otto Group and Kingfisher also showed support for moves towards higher GHG emission targets. Altogether 27 business leaders agreed that the EU can have higher impacts on carbon price and deliver the strong signals that will be necessary for companies to invest billions of Euros in low carbon products, services, technologies and infrastructure.

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G8 agreed on halving greenhouse gas emissions by 2050

The Group of Eight countries want to work with the nearly 200 states involved in U.N. climate change talks to adopt a goal of at least halving greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, according to a draft communique obtained by Reuters ahead of its formal approval. Mid-term goals also would be needed to achieve the shared goal for 2050. The statement puts the focus of fighting global warming on U.N.-led talks. European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said the deal represented a “new, shared vision” and kept negotiations on track for a global deal in 2009. The G8 would also unveil a series of measures to help Africa and would give USD 50 billion extra in aid by 2010.