The EPN Consulting Newsletter No. 097 | September 2018
The Editorial
Dear Colleague, 
The newsletter you are reading is No.97, which means the first of the 9th year. As a matter of fact, the No.1 was issued in Sept 2010 when the most popular mobile phones were the Samsung Galaxy S (the first of the series now arrived to S9) and the iPhone 4, there was no 4G, nobody spoke about Internet of Things (IoT) or Mobility as a Service (MaaS)....
Nokia lands EUR 500m EU financing for 5G research
Finnish multinational telecommunications, IT, software and services company Nokia signed a EUR 500m loan transaction with the European Investment Bank (EIB), supported by the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI). Nokia will use the loan to further accelerate its R&D of 5G technology, Read more
First-of-its-kind petrol and diesel car ban launched in London
A pioneering scheme which bans all petrol and diesel cars from roads from roads in London has begun as part of the UK’s first "ultra-low emissions zone”.
Only electric cars and the newest hybrids will be allowed to access the streets during morning and evening rush hour periods. Read more
2019 Energy and Transport calls open
On 05 Sept 2018 the Horizon 2020 transport and energy calls concerning 2019 were opened. The EC allocated €122m for Transport and over €300m for Energy topics. Deadlines start on 11 Dec 2018 for Energy projects and 16 Jan 2019 for the 1st Stage of Transport projects.

Read more about Transport calls and Energy calls
Green number plates for clean vehicles
The special plates, which are already used by countries like Norway, Canada and China, could be available on green vehicles like electric and hydrogen cars in the UK and are thought to encourage take-up among drivers.
The plan of a forthcoming UK government consultation announced on 09 Sept 2018 will seek views on whether green plates could work in the UK, and if so, what they should look like. Read more
Enhanced EIC pilot to be launched in 2019
The European Commission have confirmed the intention to launch an enhanced European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot initiative in 2019, following the European Council's request in July this year.
The enhanced pilot will build on the proposed structure of the EIC under the Horizon Europe proposal to fast track disruptive and market-creating innovation. Read more
The Website of the Month: Element Scarcity - the EuChemS Periodic Table
The smartphone you may be using right now to look at this unique Periodic Table is made up of some 30 elements – over half of which may give cause for concern in the years to come because of increasing scarcity. The issue of element scarcity cannot be stressed enough.
With some 10 million smartphones being discarded or replaced every month in the European Union alone, we need to carefully look at our tendencies to waste and improperly recycle such items.

Upcoming Professional Events - find more on our Events Section
01-02 Oct 2018 – Vienna (AT) – MSCA 2018 – Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Annual Conference

05 Oct 2018 – Brussels (BE) – HORIZON 2020 ENERGY 2019 Calls Info Day

11 Oct 2018 – Deadline to submit proposals to the [INNOSUP-06-2018] call
(CSA – Supporting Experimentation in Innovation Agencies – Stage 2)

18 Oct 2018 – Deadline to submit proposals to the [INNOSUP-05-2018-2020] call
(CSA – Peer learning of Innovation Agencies – 2nd cut-off date)

23 Oct 2018 – online – HORIZON 2020 TRANSPORT 2019 Calls Virtual Info Day
01-05 Oct 2018 – Madrid (ES) – IROS 2018 – 2018 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems

02 Oct 2018 – Innsbruck (AT) – 2nd EUSALP Energy Conference 2018 – Energy Transition in the Alps

03 Oct 2018 – London (UK) – Infrastructure in the UK after Brexit: Changes in Funding and Developing Successful Infrastructure Programmes

03-04 Oct 2018 – London (UK) – FT FUTURE OF MANUFACTURING Summit – Transformative Action to Enhance Industry 4.0 Value

03-05 Oct 2018 – Lyon (FR) – PIARC Conference on ROAD TUNNEL OPERATIONS AND SAFETY
October 2018
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