The COP21 annual meeting will run from 30 November - 11 December in Le Bourget, France. The United Nations Conference on Climate Change will be attended by 195 country representatives. The aim of the conference is to settle upon a universal agreement on climate change in order to keep global warming below 2°C. In order for such an agreement to be signed, preparatory negotiations have been held from February in Geneva until 10th November in Paris.
From 17 - 20 November, the European Wind Energy Association 2015 Annual event will be held at the Porte de Versailles in Paris. The conferences will cover 9 topics: turbine technologies, environmental impact and social acceptance, supply chain, O&M and logistics, market development, finance, resource assessment, integration wind power and health and safety.
From 3 - 5 November 2015, the European Utility Week will be held in Vienna, Austria. This event boasts over 500 utility representatives as well as a focus on the UK as country partner. The conferences will address key topics such as the integration of renewables into the distribution networks, grid optimisation and intelligence, energy storage, connected homes and end users, smart cities and big data.
From 21 - 28 September 2015, Climate Week NYC will be held in New York. This event brings together governments, investors, businesses, innovators and opinion formers. Climate Week NYC 2015 is the collaborative space for climate events in support of the UN Summit to adopt the post-2015 Development Agenda.
The 14th edition of the European Mobility Week will run from 16 - 22 September 2015 and 1586 European towns and cities will participate. This initiative aims to raise awareness regarding sustainable and clean modes of transportation, including using public transport and bicycles. In the UK, Aberdeen and the London borough of Lambeth as well as Nottingham have signed up to take part in all three of the scheme's measures: a week of activites, a permanent measure and a car free day. Belfast, Glasgow, Leeds, the London borough of Southwark and Southend on Sea borough council will take part in at least one of the three measures.
The 5th edition of the SG Paris conference will be held from 27 - 29 May 2015 at the Espace Grande Arche in La Défense. The conference will include presentations, participatory workshops, round table sessions as well as off-site tours of technical sites. The conference will have a multi-energy approach and will address issues such as the French energy transition law, connected objects and big data in preparation for the roll-out of electric smart meters (Linky) and gas smart meters (Gazpar).
The 40th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 40) will be held from 27 - 31 October 2014 in Copenhagen to adopt the Fifth Assessment Review (AR5). A copy of the Synthesis Report will be presented at the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP20) in December 2014 in Paris.
The Fifth Assessment Review is composed of three Working Groups: (i) The Physical Science Basis, (ii) Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerabilty and (iii) Mitigation of Climate Change.
The first "Smart Grid + Smart City" event will take place from 24 - 25 September 2014 at the CNIT in La Défense. The event aims to show how cities can use smart grids and high-speed networks. Conferences and workshops have been organised over the two days with private and public partners. Over 60 companies will participate and present their smart grid innovations and solutions pertaining to electricity, gas or water.
The 13th edition of the European Mobility Week will run from 16 - 22 September 2014 and more than 2000 European towns and cities will participate. This initiative aims to raise awareness regarding sustainable and clean modes of transportation, including using public transport and bicycles. Activities include travel to work surveys, zero emissions network events and the first induction for the Cycle Loan Scheme.
Local authorities are invited to sign the European Mobility Charter and for towns planning events throughout the week, as well as implementing permanent measures and a car-free day will be able to apply for the European Mobility Week Award.
The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States will take place from 01 - 04 September 2014 in Apia, Samoa. These states face specific problems regarding sustainable development due to their particular vulnerabilities. The main theme of the conference will be "The sustainable development of Small Island Developing States through genuine and durable partnerships".
The conference will seek to achieve four objectives: assess the progress to date and the remaining gaps in the implementation; seek a renewed political commitment by focusing on practical and pragmatic actions for further implementation; identify new and emerging challenges and opportunities for the sustainable development of SIDS and means of addressing them; and identify priorities for the sustainable development of SIDS to be considered in the elaboration of the post-2015 UN development agenda.
The 15th annual symposium of the French Renewable Energy Association (Syndicat des Energies Renouvelables, SER) will take place in Paris on 6 February 2014. The SER symposium is a key event bringing together politicians, environmental experts as well as civil society organisations.
Four roundtables will be held on the following topics: "Renewable energies serving as a society project", Renewable energies: a cure to the economical crises?", "Renewable energies confronted to the French reality" and "Renewable energies in the future law on energy transition". Edward Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change in Great Britain will be attending the symposium.
The 5th Smart Metering UK & Europe Summit will take place on 30 and 31 January 2014 in London. The conferences will gather politicians as well as leading international industrialists focusing on three topics: Smart Metering UK, Water Metering and European Smart Homes. The summit will also host the presentation of the European Smart Metering Awards 2014.
From 15 - 17 October, the European Utility Week will take place in the Netherlands. The conferences will cover all major value streams from transmission to the end-user. Renewable energy, sotrage solutions, grid security and smart grids will also be addressed. In parallel to the strategic conferences a technical programme will also run throughout the three days.
S&T Consulting and CERES have published a study on the evolution of photovoltaic waste in Europe.
Over the past ten years, photovoltaic installations have grown at an unprecedented rate, exceeding all predictions. To date, this growth has predominantly taken place in Europe, and the aim of this study is to focus on an ever-increasingly important issue: Europe’s waste collection and disposal capacities. This growth is supported by new European and national legislation compelling manufacturers to comply with waste collection and disposal obligations.
From 24 - 28 June, the European Union Sustainable Energy Week will take place. This week is a European Commission initiative which aims to share best practices, inspire new ideas and build alliances to help meet European Union energy and climate objectives. S&T Consulting will be present in the renewable energy and smart grid conferences in Brussels, don't hesitate to come and see us!
S&T Consulting will take part in the 14th edition of the Forum Technique Photovoltaïque in Paris on 13 June. This year, the Forum will address the subject of "The environmental impact of photovoltaic modules and components: eco-design and recycling requirements for different actors".
From 13 - 18 May 2013, take advantage of the European Solar Days by participating in the numerous solar activities in order to discover and better understand this energy source! This year, the French version of the European Solar Days are officially supported by the French National Debate on Energy Transition, so log on to the site today: www.journees-du-solaire.fr!
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