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Belt and Road Initiative EC-Link Research Papers

Announced in 2013, the Belt and Road Initiative aims to strengthen China’s connectivity with the world. It combines new and old projects, covers an expansive geographic scope, and includes efforts to strengthen hard infrastructure, soft infrastructure, and cultural ties. In February 2020, the Plan touched 138 countries with a combined Gross Domestic Product of almost $30 trillion and around 4.5 billion people.

The essence of a green and sustainable Belt and Road is to integrate green development, ecological and environmental protection into every aspect of the development of the Belt and Road with the principle of energy conservation and environmental protection under the guidance of green development concepts and UN sustainable development goals. 

At first sight, China’s and the EU’s different approaches seem to lead to competition; yet, China’s BRI and the EU’s new connectivity strategy also entail complementary aspects that might encourage greater cooperation.

Toward this end, EC-Link Project has been developing a series of research papers meant to trigger Chinese and EU experts’ cooperation to drive the planning of resilient cities and more sustainable projects among BRI:

  • Belt and Road Initiative & Sustainable Urbanization 
  • Belt and Road & Initiative Sustainable Transport 
  • Belt and Road Initiative & Industry 4.0 
  • Belt and Road Initiative & Green Finance (to be finalized soon)

Such topics, where chosen by EC-Link Team because seen as mostly relevant and pertinent in view of the future development of the Belt and Road Initiative; taking into account several levels on analysis national, regional and international, we try to offer recommendations for the improvement of on-going dynamics in view of a better and more sustainable relations in Eurasia market. 

Belt and Road Initiative EC-Link Research Papers can be easily downloaded on Project’s website:

URBANIZATION NEWS

EU Experts Recommend Two-Tier Approach To ‘Green’ Investment Rules 

European policymakers should use a two-tier approach to define sustainable investments in order to smooth the bloc’s transition to a low carbon economy, a group of industry experts has said. The first category proposed by the group on Monday (9 March) would meet strict ‘green’ criteria, with the second including investments that can prove they “do no significant harm”.

The European Commission will use the Technical Expert Group’s (TEG) recommendations to develop rules defining what qualifies as a green investment.

This ‘taxonomy’ is a key plank of the Commission’s “Green Deal” plan to reduce the bloc’s net greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050, through policy measures touching sectors from agriculture, to trade, taxation, energy and industry. EU financial services chief Valdis Dombrovskis welcomed the TEG’s input, as part of efforts to “spur the take-up of sustainable finance in Europe”.

Source: https://www.euractiv.com/section/energy-environment/news/eu-experts-recommend-two-tier-approach-to-green-investment-rules/ 

EXTERNAL NEWS

India-EU Partnership on Energy Research in RE and Smart Grids

India-European Union (EU) Flagship Call on Integrated Local Energy Systems was announced at India Smart Utility Week 2020. This partnership between Indian and the EU will help in Clean Energy and Climate and this partnership will foresee strengthened cooperation in energy research and innovation, mainly in renewable energy and its integration in the energy system. The collaboration can make energy supply cleaner, more efficient and affordable to all.

This Indo-EU flagship call is fully in line with both the European Union’s and India’s involvement in Mission Innovation (MI), a global initiative of 24 countries and the European Commission (on behalf of the European Union), committed to reinvigorate and accelerate global clean energy innovation with the objective to make clean energy widely affordable. This Indo-EU Flagship call is expected to give novel solutions encompassing local integration across various energy vectors and increase the share of renewables in the energy mix and high energy efficiency.

Source: https://www.saurenergy.com/solar-energy-news/india-eu-partnership-on-energy-research-in-re-and-smart-grids 

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26-27.11.2019
EC-Link Project Invited to Participate at the 14th International Conference on China Urban Water Conference

EC-Link Project will participate and deliver a speech at the 14th International Conference on China Urban Water Conference in order to present to the audience its newly established IT Platform.

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