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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-CA | Phase: COH;SME | Award Amount: 2.10M | Year: 2008

The proposed new EraSME ERA-NET, dubbed EraSME will build on the successful work of the original EraSME project. The experimental phase of EraSME is now closed. The coming two years will be the consolidation phase, devoted to ensuring the long-term sustainability of EraSME by setting up an integrated transnational programme to support SMEs. During this phase the project will implement a formal management and organisation structure for EraSME; further develop and improve joint procedures for: the programming of calls and related activities including common evaluation criteria (scientific integration); the management of call handling and evaluation procedures (managerial integration); the funding of selected projects (financial integration); widen selectively the partnership to additional programmes, regions and countries; launch further joint calls for proposals every six months, raising the number of participating countries, regions and programmes, of proposals submitted, and of proposals funded.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: CSA | Phase: Energy | Award Amount: 3.00M | Year: 2015

The Concerted Action EPBD IV, supporting transposition and implementation of Directive 2010/31/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 19 May 2010 on the energy performance of buildings, is an activity which aims to foster exchange of information and experience among Member States and participating countries with regards to the implementation of the specific Community legislation and policy on the energy performance of buildings. It involves the national authorities implementing the Directive, or those bodies appointed and entrusted by them to do so. It is carried out under the coordination of Danish Energy Agency, DEA. The CA consortium is composed of organisations designated by all 28 Member States plus Norway. The CA is financed by the EUs Horizon 2020 Programme. The CA is the continuation of the first Concerted Action, CA EPBD, which ran from January 2005 to June 2007, then continued as the CA EPBD II from December 2007 until November 2010 and then CA EPBD III from March 2011 to October 2015. The CA IV will organise 4 CA Plenary meetings and some supporting activities over a period 30 months or approximately one meeting every 7-8 months, similar to the CA III. The work will be organised in Central Teams, which includes: a) 3 Core Teams on New Buildings, Existing Buildings and Certification & Quality of Inspection; b) 3 Cross-Cutting teams on Technical Elements, Policy & Implementation and Compliance, Capacity & Impact; c) 2 central functions on Collaboration with other actors and Internal & External Communication; and some additional functions and supporting measures. For each Central Team, issues are addressed on which the Directive does not require harmonised national implementation but where coordinated implementation would increase the impact of the Directive and reduce the implementing costs.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-CA | Phase: SME | Award Amount: 2.04M | Year: 2008

The principal objectives of CORNET II are to broaden, deepen and sustain the trans-national cooperation between programmes supporting Collective Research and thereby to build the CORNET brand. More specifically, our objectives are to: - establish a long-term sustainable structure for a continuously strengthened and extended collaboration on Collective Research across Europe (WP1); - increase the number of CORNET Calls for Proposals, their budgets, the number of funded projects etc. as well as ensure coordination with similar initiatives, e.g. the Framework Programmes Research for SME Associations and the EraSME ERA-NET (WP2); - further expand the CORNET consortium to integrate new partners (WP3); - and to disseminate and communicate the benefits of Collective Research to all stakeholders (WP4). CORNET II will therefore consolidate the achievements of CORNET I. It will focus on the long-term strategic positioning and institutional anchoring of CORNET in the European Research Area, while strengthening joint operational activities, especially joint Calls. The core STRATEGIC GOALS of CORNET II by the end of the project are to: - achieve a sustainable state of integration among the CORNET partners in relation to the scientific, managerial and financial dimensions of joint programme management, including an appropriate form of common formal organisation, and - position CORNET long-term in the European Research Area, notably in dialogue with and in relation to the Framework Programmes Research for SME Associations, including the possibility of becoming in time the principal or even sole vehicle for funding transnational Collective Research projects at European level.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-CA | Phase: INCO-2007-1.1 | Award Amount: 3.50M | Year: 2008

The Western Balkan countries INCO-NET assists to develop the relationship between the EU and the WBCs in the area of science and technology (S&T). The project supports the Steering Platform on Research for the Western Balkan Countries in the facilitation of interaction between the Western Balkan countries, the EU Member States, states associated to the Framework Programmes for RTD and the European Commission. The Steering Platform is a strategic body designed to deal with European, multilateral and regional issues of science and technology policies in and with the WBCs. The core objectives of WBC-INCO.NET are: - to support the regional as well as bi-regional dialogue on science and technology (S&T) by benefiting from and interacting with the Steering Platform on Research for the WBC, the European Commission as well as other stakeholders and projects in the area, - to identify regional and bi-regional RTD potentials and priorities for take-up in regional and European programmes in a transparent and methodologically sound way, - to enhance participation of researchers from the region in European projects of mutual interest and benefit by implementing capacity building measures on a structural and individual level and by accompanying networking activities, - to increase visibility of WBC researchers in the European Research Area in thematic priorities and through the representation at EU-level conferences, - to analyse and support the innovation systems, innovation needs and innovation infrastructures in the region, and - to analyse cooperation national and international research infrastructures, patterns of WBC in regional and European funding programmes and related barriers to cooperation, and - to provide a platform to exchange information among stakeholders in the region via a web-platform, regular newsletters, journals and social media. The preparation of evidence-based input and decision-making basics for the deliberations conducted under the bi-regional and regional dialogue is a major asset of this project. The 29 partners, ministries of science, RTDI and economy, respective agencies and research institutes from Western Balkan Countries as well as EU Member States and Associated Countries, carry out surveys and studies, organise trainings and brokerage events, visit conferences in the region and the EU Member States, communicate with international stakeholders and officials, prepare policy papers and guidelines, and implement dissemination activities towards national and international stakeholders in order to enhance the impact of project activities targeting the European Commission, ERA-NETs or NCP projects as well as strategic initiatives by international stakeholders such as EUREKA, the Central European Initiative and the EU Strategy for the Danube Region. European integration and harmonisation of approaches are main aims behind WBC-INCO.NET.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: CSA | Phase: Energy | Award Amount: 4.98M | Year: 2016

The Concerted Action will support the implementation of the renewable energy directive 2009/28/EC. As with the first and second phase, the objectives of CA-RES3 are directly linked to the transposition and implementation of the RES Directive. The third phase of the CA-RES will also provide further opportunities to explore possibilities for common approaches in specific areas of implementation of the RES Directive. The CA-RES3 will achieve the objectives stated above through a series of six plenary meetings for discussion on the various topics. These meetings will provide a confidential forum for structured discussions and cross-learning between participating countries. This exchange concentrates on key requirements of the RES Directive according to the needs of the participating countries as well as the European Commission. As such, it will contribute to the achievement of the national RES targets set by the Directive. The CA-RES3 will emphasize topics that require common approaches and/or benefit from good practice exchange between participating countries. The CA-RES3 Core Themes will address a number of aspects including support schemes for electricity and heat, integrating RES into electricity networks, the use of RES for heating and cooling and in buildings, disclosure/guarantees of origin, biomass mobilisation and sustainability as well as the use of RES in transport. The confidential character of the CA-RES3 allows participating countries to discuss in confidence how to best implement the RES Directive. Thus, the need for confidentiality will be emphasized towards all participating institutions, and confidentiality agreements will be signed by all participants.

Iatridis G.E.,University of Thessaly | Iatridis G.E.,Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry
Emerging Markets Review | Year: 2013

This study focuses on common-law Malaysia, which is classified as an advanced emerging market. It assesses the association between environmental disclosure and environmental performance and examines the financial attributes of companies with different environmental disclosure scores. It investigates the relation between environmental disclosure quality and corporate governance, and also examines the extent to which effective environmental disclosures are value relevant and how they influence investor perceptions. The findings of the study show that environmental disclosure is positively linked to environmental performance. Company attributes, such as large size, the need for capital, profitability and capital spending, are positively associated with environmental disclosure quality. High quality environmental disclosers display effective corporate governance and would tend to face less difficulties in accessing capital markets. They generally are audited by a big 4 auditor or cross-listed on foreign stock exchanges and display significant levels of managerial and institutional ownership. High quality environmental disclosures are value relevant and improve investor perceptions. High quality disclosers overall belong to beverages, chemicals, food producers, forestry and paper, and industrial metals and mining. © 2012 Elsevier B.V.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: CSA | Phase: EE-15-2015 | Award Amount: 1.85M | Year: 2016

MSTyr15 (Market Surveillance Action TYRes 2015) will help deliver the economic and environmental benefits of Regulation (EC) No. 1222/2009 on the labelling of tyres with respect to fuel efficiency. It will achieve this by: Coordinating the monitoring, verification and enforcement activities of 13 Market Surveillance Authorities (MSAs) across the Single Market and Turkey; Improving the effectiveness of the MSAs through skills-building training, the provision of guidelines and the promotion of Best Practices. MSTyr15 will enhance the functioning of the European Single Market by ensuring that the tyres regulatory measures are effectively enforced across MS. It will deliver energy savings >105 GWh/year through removing incorrectly labelled tyres from the market. Experience and resources for enforcement have been very limited in many MS since the tyres regulations were introduced in 2009. MSTyr15 includes mechanisms for assisting the skills development of less experienced staff and their authorities, supporting the adoption of common best practices and providing budgets to cover the high costs of testing tyres to the required standards. It will coordinate market surveillance actions involving checks on in excess of 15,000 tyres. It will deliver a higher level of surveillance activities that go beyond testing. The consortium will work closely with other non-participating MSAs across the EEA though its liaison with the Tyres ADCO. Additionally, the MSTyr15 consortium will work together with an Advisory Board comprising of supply-side business, consumer organisations and environmental NGOs. The expected results are: - Adoption of best practices; - Market surveillance being undertaken in a more cost effective and consistent manner; - Increased awareness of and respect for market surveillance by tyres suppliers and users; - Effective enforcement of EC Regulation on the labelling of tyres resulting in substantial energy savings expected to be better than 105 GWh/year.

Troynikov O.,RMIT University | Wardiningsih W.,Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry
Textile Research Journal | Year: 2011

This research seeks to investigate liquid moisture management properties of knitted fabrics of different wool/polyester and wool/bamboo blends of different ratios suitable for the base layer of sportswear. The fabrics were knitted in single jersey construction and their moisture management properties were assessed by using the Moisture Management Tester. Blending wool with polyester or wool with bamboo has improved moisture management properties of the fabrics in comparison to 100% wool and 100% bamboo fabrics. Out of nine fabrics studied, five fabrics were classified as moisture management fabrics that are suitable for the base layer of active sportswear. © The Author(s) 2011.

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