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Commission launches plan for Energy Union

On February 25th 2015, the European Commission adopted its strategy for a European Energy Union. Energy is used to heat and to cool buildings and homes, transport goods, and power the economy. But with ageing infrastructure, insufficiently integrated markets, and uncoordinated policies, our consumers, households and businesses do not reap the full benefits of increased choice and lower energy prices. It is time to complete the single energy market in Europe. By unveiling its strategy to achieve a resilient Energy Union with a forward-looking climate change policy, the European Commission delivers on a top priority set out in President Juncker's political guidelines.

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SENSE4US presentation at the 2nd European TA Conference – PACITA

SENSE4US project partners participated at the 2nd European TA Conference, which took place in Berlin (25-27 February 2015) and was organized in the framework of the FP7 funded project “Parliaments and Civil Society in Technology Assessment” (PACITA).

In this event, the partners provided an overview of the Sense4us project and the components focusing on its added value to users –starting from the point of analyzing social media to inform policy making and talking about modeling and simulating policy problems of our age, resulting in the presentation of how the current toolkit of the Sense4us project is applied in a selected case study.

The Internet of Things: the case for public voice

The Internet of Things (IoT) describes several technologies that enable the internet to reach out into the real world of physical objects to create a global infrastructure where machines, household appliances, clothing and virtually all things we use and wear communicate with each other online.

It is impossible to anticipate all the social implications that might flow from these new forms of connectivity between devices. How these will manifest themselves is not yet clear and will depend upon uncertain innovation and societal choices. The importance of the IoT will depend heavily on up-take by individuals, businesses and governments, all influenced by public perceptions of benefits and risks. In this respect, early involvement of the public can help both technology developers and policy makers to understand and respond to public interests and concerns, while balancing out the benefits and risks for both individuals and society at large.

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Simulation for Policy Inquiry

Public policy and management problems have been described as poorly defined, messy, squishy, unstructured, intractable, and wicked. In a word, they are complex. This book illustrates the development and use of simulation models designed to capture some of the complexity inherent in the formulation, management, and implementation of policies aimed at addressing such problems.

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2030 framework for climate and energy policies

EU leaders agreed on 23 October 2014 the domestic 2030 greenhouse gas reduction target of at least 40% compared to 1990 together with the other main building blocks of the 2030 policy framework for climate and energy, as proposed by the European Commission in January 2014. This 2030 policy framework aims to make the European Union's economy and energy system more competitive, secure and sustainable and also sets a target of at least 27% for renewable energy and energy savings by 2030. While the EU is making good progress towards meeting its climate and energy targets for 2020, an integrated policy framework for the period up to 2030 is needed to ensure regulatory certainty for investors and a coordinated approach among Member States. The framework presented will drive continued progress towards a low-carbon economy. It aims to build a competitive and secure energy system that ensures affordable energy for all consumers, increases the security of the EU's energy supplies, reduces our dependence on energy imports and creates new opportunities for growth and jobs. More information at the EC’s EU Action for 2030 page