Second DanubePeerChains partner meeting

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27.09.2021

Second DanubePeerChainsSteering Committee meeting with ConPlusUltra was held  in Zagreb, Croatia.

ConPlusUltra attends second DanubePeerChains Partner Meeting

From 14-16 of September 2021, ConPlusUltra attended the second Danube Peer Chains Steering Committee meeting in Zagreb, Croatia. This was an opportunity to see the project partners from Germany, Austria, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Montenegro for the first time since the launch of the project in July of 2020.

Since most partners already arrived on the 13th, a joint dinner was organised at a traditional Croatian brewery in the centre of Zagreb on the evening prior to the start of the partner meeting. At this point, most partners had only seen each other online and were meeting in real life for the first time. Split into small groups, the partners spent the evening mingling and exchanging ideas.

The official programme began with presentations and discussions on work package 2 “Toolbox for capacity building of Labour Support Organisations (LSOs) and Business Support Organisations (BSOs) as well as specialistis/entrepreuneurs” led by Business Upper Austria. This also included a workshop for which the partners were split into three groups and invited to apply the Diamond Methodology on Wood/Furniture, Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics/Electronics & Automation. ConPlusUltra led the discussion on the strengthening of the wood/furniture value chain, collecting input from the different partners. Each moderator then presented the results to the consortium.

The second day began with the first year-review for which all work package leaders presented the key achievements of the first 12 months of the project. The day ended with a discussion on the training programme for SMEs including the capacity building method for SMEs, which was jointly developed by Business Upper Austria and ConPlusUltra. The day ended with a presentation by the University of Belgrade on the guidelines for the assessment of the trainings conducted in the framework of the project.

On the last day of the meeting, work package four “The Action Planning Process” and work package “Communication” were presented by ConPlusUltra and Tehnopolis respectively. The focus of the presentation by ConPlusUltra lay on the upcoming action plan development process including the planned peer review, which will start shortly. For this process, each region has to propose measures to strengthen cooperation between LSOs and BSOs as well as building the capacities of SMEs in the framework of an action plan. The next step of this process is that these draft action plans are to be shared with other partners during peer review sessions. In the work package presentation on communication, Tehnopolis focused on the upcoming communication activities including press releases and videos. The meeting ended with a farewell coffee and all participants expressed their gratitude to the project partner ZICER for having hosted the meeting.

Read more about the project: https://www.conplusultra.com/projects/danubepeerchains/

Official project site: http://www.interreg-danube.eu/approved-projects/danubepeerchains

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E-FIX roadmap finalised

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23.07.2021

Published E-FIX roadmap as project result of the Horizon 2020 project E-FIX is available for download.

The E-FIX Project has published its Roadmap

The E-FIX project has finalised its E-FIX Roadmap for innovative energy financing in the European Union and the Eastern Neighbourhood. As a document developed with substantial stakeholder involvement, the Roadmap presents a vision for innovative financing for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects till 2030.

It is supposed to serve as a tool for decision-makers and European stakeholders to boost the use of innovative financing instruments such as leasing, crowdfunding and energy service contracting. Relying on the experience of the partners in Armenia, Austria, Georgia, Croatia, the Czech Republic and Poland who all conducted pilot campaigns, it highlights the potential these instruments have for meeting the Green Deal and other international climate objectives.

The document is structured along the following sections:
1. What is energy efficiency and why does it matter?
2. What are the EU’s climate ambitious?
3. How can energy efficiency be financed?
4. What is the role of innovative financing mechanisms?
5. What barriers still stand in the way of energy efficiency projects and finance?
6. Key actors in the implementation
7. What can be done to render energy efficiency investments more attractive?
8. What opportunities are there related to energy efficiency?
9. A vision for Europe to 2030 related to innovative financing for energy efficiency
10. E-FIX Recommendations to key European stakeholders
11. The contribution of the E-FIX project

Download the E-FIX Roadmap here

See project results of E-FIX: http://energyfinancing.eu/en/

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EDU4future international methodology

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08.07.2021

The first EDU4future project result “The International Methodology” is now available.

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The EDU4future "International Methodology" developed under the leadership of the German project partner AFBB is the central starting point for successfully mapping the situation in the individual countries. Through this EDU4future "International Methodology", it will be possible to compare different ways of transferring "digital" labour market requirements into vocational education and training.

In addition to the other project partners SOPK, TREXIMA, ConPlusUltra, t²i - trasferimento tecnologico e innovazione s.c. a r.l., and G&P svetovanje Gregor Jagodič, representatives from VET schools and companies and other institutions were involved in designing the process. The methodology is available in 6 European languages.

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In the next stage of the project, all 6 country teams will prepare country reports based on the international methodology. From these results, processes of transferring the needs of companies to "Industry 4.0" to the vocational education system in the individual countries will be found.
Afterwards, their mutual comparison, evaluation and processing of recommendations for public sector organisations, vocational schools, companies, clusters, etc. will be carried out.

First expert evaluation panel planned for September 2021

ConPlusUltra will invite representatives of organisations from business and VET to an expert panel in September 2021 after the first version of the Austrian country report has been drafted. In the half-day workshop, the raw version of the Austrian country report will be evaluated and further developed on the basis of the experts' opinions. People from industry, politics and education who are involved in vocational education and training are invited to express their interest in participating.

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E-FIX Final Conference

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09.06.2021

On the 2nd of June 2021, the Horizon 2020-funded Project “E-FIX” held its final conference entitled “Innovative Financing for Sustainable Energy Investments”.

The Horizon 2020-funded Project “E-FIX” was entitled “Innovative Financing for Sustainable Energy Investments”.

E-FIX final conference  was an opportunity to present and discuss energy financing from a range of angles, including the European Commission’s standpoint, that of the 6 partner countries (Austria, Armenia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Georgia, Poland) and also that of independent experts. This diversity of voices made it possible to grasp the complexity of the topic, which is very likely to gain in importance in the upcoming years. The use of polls allowed the audience to share their views on the topic.

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Green deal

Pierre Schellekens, representing the European Commission Directorate-General for Energy, highlighted the key European priorities in the years to come including the revision of the Renewable Energy and the Energy Efficiency Directives as well as an increased emphasis on hydrogen. In terms of innovative financing, he stressed that most funds for the Green Deal would come from the private sector and that innovative financial instruments are a way of increasing the engagement with the private sector. Moreover, he noted that the Green Deal would be mainstreamed into all projects in order to achieve maximum effect.

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Pilot financing campaigns

Andreas Karner, the project manager of E-FIX from ConPlusUltra in Austria, highlighted the characteristics of the project and its main achievements. As a partnership of 6 countries and 14 partners, the project combined the expertise of finance and energy efficiency experts over a period of 40 months. The main achieviements include the implementation of pilot financing campaigns focussing on energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in the public and private sector through the demonstration of innovative financing instruments such as energy performance contracting (EPC), crowdfunding and leasing, which triggered about 30 million Euros of investment. In addition, large-scale capacity building activities in the form of training materials and tools were created as well asaction plans for energy efficiency at national level being drafted, energy financing competence centres being set up and a European Roadmap being developed, serving as a guide for the financing of energy efficiency measures until 2030.

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In the nextsession, the project partners from the respective countries presented their pilot financing campaigns and lessons learnt. In general, all partners agreed that there is vast potential for the different instruments and in fact a financing mix is required, but that crowdfunding proved especially challenging due to the pandemic. In the case of leasing, a major barrier identified in Armenia and Georgia was the lack of regulatory framework and the low environmental consciousness in the countries. In the case of energy performance contracting the pilot projects realised in Poland and Croatia have been very positive, although EPC still is not a widely used model in these countries.

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Panel discussion

Session three consisted of a panel discussion made up of experts from the different partner countries. The experts agreed that projects funded solely through the crowd cannot compete with public funds or cheap loans, but that Public Private Partnerships have huge potential, e.g. through a combination with EPC contracts. It was also recognised that a mix of financing mechanisms is needed and the concomitant regulatory framework. As the level of public and private funding into sustainable energy projects will increase as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the newly established EU Recovery Fund (Next Generation EU), a huge investment volume is to be expected in the upcoming years. The E-FIX Roadmap was also praised for its utility in guiding a range of actors related to energy perfomance contracing, crowdfunding and leasing. All experts concurred that awareness raising is key for energy efficiency to take off in the EU and beyond.

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Second STRIDE newsletter

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02.06.2021

The second STRIDE newsletter informs about the current project progress concerning integration of smart grid concepts. Read interesting news about the new STRIDE Web Platform, which is now available online in this STRIDE newsletter.

Get familiar with the current project progress concerning integration of smart grid concepts in this seond STRIDE newsletter. Read interesting news about the new STRIDE Web Platform, which is now available online in this second STRIDE newsletter.

The STRIDE project (Improved energy planning through the Integration of Smart Grid concepts in the Danube Region) aims to improve energy planning through the integration of smart grid concepts in the Danube Region.

The Interreg project STRIDE, which started in 2020, is carried out by the local energy agency Spodnje Podravje (LEASP) together with seven project partners and eight associated partners from Slovenia, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Croatia, Bulgaria and Bosnia Herzegovina.

In the second STRIDE newsletter, the project partners provide insights into the progress of the project. For example, the ConPlusUltra team reports on the three projects from Vienna that will be examined more closely as lighthouse projects in the course of the STRIDE project. The undertakings Seestadt Aspern, Viertel Zwei and the Microgrid Campus were selected for this.

Klick on the picture to open the second STRIDE newsletter:

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Fourth E-FIX newsletter

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21.05.2021

E-FIX has brought out its fourth newsletter.

In this newsletter, the project partners report on the latest Ambassador Trainings in Austria, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Georgia and Poland.

The aim of these is to strengthen capacities related to innovative financing instruments at local level. The newsletter also includes an invitation to the final conference, which will take place on June 2nd 2021 and will deal with the topic of innovative financing in Europe.

More about E-FIX project

The fourth E-FIX newsletter

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Smart grid initiatives in the City of Vienna

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17.05.2021

For the STRIDE project, ConPlusUltra will assess three projects, the Seestadt Aspern, Viertel Zwei and Microgrid Campus in Vienna as good practise examples.

Within the framework of the STRIDE project ConPlusUltra analyses smart grid initiatives in the City of Vienna.

Vienna is particularly interesting as a model region for a number of reasons. Not only is Vienna the federal capital of Austria and has about 2 million inhabitants, but the city is also of particular importance from the point of view of energy consumption.
Vienna has a gross energy consumption of 39.678 GWh and a recent share of renewable energy of 20 %, based on gross energy consumption. The main energy sources in Vienna are 6 big power plants which use combined heat and power to provide heat and electricity to the grids. The 5 biggest power plants are powered by gas but there are also some smaller power plants using municipal waste or biomass.

Electricity use per capita20,200 kWh/cap
Gross Energy consumption in Vienna per year39.678 GWh/year
Primary energy consumption per capita in Vienna25,316 kWh
Share of renewable energy in Vienna20 percent

 

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The Seestadt Aspern, Viertel Zwei and Microgrid Campus in Vienna were selected as good practise examples. These three projects are intended to make a contribution to the energy transition in the City of Vienna and thus help to make the future of the city more sustainable and energy-efficient.
So it remains exciting to see what conclusions ConPlusUltra will come up to as a result of these assessments.

Read more details about these three best practice projects

 

Second E-Fix Ambassador Training Austria

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12.05.2021

Second E-Fix Ambassador training Austria were held in the form of two webinars.

On 22.04.2021 and 29.04.2021, the Austrian partners hosted their second E-Fix Ambassador training in the form of a webinar. At the beginning of the first webinar, Andreas Karner, from the lead partner, ConPlusUltra, provided a sketch of the most evident effects of the pandemic on energy consumption and the economy. Then, predictions were made about the long-term changes to be expected in terms of the role of renewables in the post-pandemic world.
These developments were then linked to the use of innovative financing mechanisms for energy efficiency projects. After providing a summary of all three instruments covered by E-FIX (ESCO, leasing and crowdfunding), the seminar focused on crowdfunding. In particular, it looked at the different project types suitable for crowdfunding and the main criteria to be met for a crowdfunding project to be viable.

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After that, Thomas Lindner from Vienna University of Economics presented a catalogue for the evaluation of energy projects, which was developed in the framework of the E-FIX project. This is a tool, which makes it possible for potential investors to assess the viability of energy projects. Such a tool is important as it reduces the complexity of such investments and increases their attractiveness by reducing the level of perceived risk.
The webinar ended with the presentation of a number of case studies and examples of crowdfunding projects related to energy efficiency. It was noted that crowdfunding is particularly appropriate for the renovation of buildings and for street lighting projects. Municipalities were identified as key partners for such crowdfunding projects. The webinar was attended by 14 stakeholders and representatives currently involved in the implementation of energy projects with a special interest in identifying new sources of finance.

2nd webinar "crowdfunding as an innovative energy financing instrument"

A further webinar was organised by CONDA on 29.04.2021, which provided in-depth information on crowdfunding as an innovative energy financing instrument as well as on the setup of crowdfunding campaigns. At the beginning of the webinar, Daniel Horak, the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of CONDA, talked about the rationale behind founding the company. He then explained the main developments in the crowdfunding sector, showcasing the different opportunities crowdfunding entails as well as the advantages over other financing mechanisms along with the associated implementation challenges. Finally, the newly established crowdfunding platform “crowd17.at” was presented, which is going to be launched by mid-May in order to promote energy and environment-related projects in Austria. A total of 11 participants attended the webinar.

Read more about the project: https://www.conplusultra.com/projects/e-fix/

E-FIX website: http://energyfinancing.eu/en/

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New deliverables on Danube value chains

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20.04.2021

Since July 2020, Danube Peer Chains has been working on enhancing the capacities of Danube area labour and business support organisations, local industry and entrepreneurs.

 

Enhancing the capacities of Danube area

To facilitate their access to innovative transnational value chains, Danube Peer Chains has been working on enhancing the capacities of Danube area labour and business support organisations, local industry and entrepreneurs.

To achieve this end, it is working in a partnership made up of business and labour support organizations, technology transfer centres, vocational/educational institutions and policy actors. These partners come from both EU and non-EU countries, including Austria, Slovenia, Romania, Germany, Croatia, Hungary, Montenegro, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as Moldova.
By having this mix, it is possible to cooperate with partners situated at different levels of the value chains focused on in the project. This approach also makes it possible to target countries typically active in production sectors who are particularly affected by new upskilling demands linked to the digitalisation of value chains.

Outputs are available free of charge

A number of major deliverables have been released in recent weeks, which allow the project to move towards meeting its overall objectives. These include:

  • The transnational benchmark analysis of labour market conditions including identification of qualification and support demand as well as a factsheet on the analysis.
  • an analysis of the latest status of the EUSDR Strategy / S3 strategies in the partner countries
  • a transnational competence map of knowledge related to digital value-chain creation
  • a mapping of competencies in key knowledge fields of digitalization
  • a collection of support instruments in place to develop labour markets in digitalization
  • methodology for the integration of existing industry sectors into digital value chains
  • a regional analysis with a focus on labour market characteristic

All outputs are available free of charge here: http://www.interreg-danube.eu/approved-projects/danubepeerchains/outputs
This autumn a range of trainings with be offered for companies and their employees. We will keep you updated on these via our website!

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Matrix for city storage CSSC Lab

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15.04.2021

In the framework of the CSSC Lab project a matrix for city storage and sector coupling (CSSC) technologies has been developed.

New tool developed for municipalities.
A matrix for city storage and sector coupling (CSSC) technologies has been developed in the framework of the CSSC Lab project for municipalities in the Danube region to use. It makes it possible to identify different CSSC solutions for a range of city types.

To find out more read our latest blog article:  interreg-danube.eu

Regional analyses CSSC Lab

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10.03.2021

New blog: Regional analyses on city storage and sector coupling potential in Danube region have been completed.

A new blog article has been published on the regional analyses conducted as part of the CSSC Lab project. These analyses describe the status quo in terms of city storage and sector coupling and look at the potential of numerous Danube countries. In particular, they focus on 19 mid and small-sized cities, which are considered representative for the region.

Find out more here: Interreg Danube

More about the project: https://www.conplusultra.com/projects/cssc-lab/

 

CEESEU project started

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03.03.2021

ConPlusUltra has started implementing CEESEU, a H2020-financed Central and Eastern European Sustainable Energy Union project.

Together with its partners, ConPlusUltra will be implementing the H2020-financed Central and Eastern European Sustainable Energy Union (CEESEU) project from 11/2020 to 10/2023. The project builds on the previous work of the PANEL2050 project and strives to strengthen the capacities of public administrators in CEE countries. For more information on the project, follow this link: CEESEU-HORIZON 2020 – ConPlusUltra

Second training BACID II

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05.02.2021

Energy consultants from ConPlusUltra implemented the trainings with support from the local partner Balkan Development Solutions BDS from North Macedonia.

Following on from the first training in December 2020, participants from water and wastewater utilities and municipalities across North Macedonia were invited to attend the second BACID II training on 04.02.2021. While the first training focused on energy assessments for municipal infrastructure, energy efficiency in buildings and energy efficiency in water supply/waste water utilities, the second training dealt with solar photovoltaic systems and municipal energy planning. Participants were given homework to complete after the first training, which was then discussed during the second training.

A total of 23 participants attended the second training, coming from 12 different municipalities and 11 utilities.  They are explicitly encouraged to share their knowledge within their institutions at local level. Both trainings were hosted by the Association of public utility services providers of Republic of North Macedonia (ADKOM). Energy consultants from ConPlusUltra (Austria) implemented the trainings with support from the local partner Balkan Development Solutions BDS (North Macedonia).

More Infoemation:https://www.bacid.eu/BACID_-_Building_Administrative_Capacities_in_the_Danube_Region

The Action is implemented with funding from the Austrian Development Cooperation through the BACID grant scheme (Building Administrative Capacities in Danube Region & Western Balkans), managed by the Austrian Association of Cities and Towns and KDZ Centre for Public Administration Research.

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First CSSC LAB newsletter

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08.01.2021

CSSC LAB shares the results of the first six months of our project and update you on our main achievements and the demo sites.

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To find out more about what has happened in the first 6 months of our INTERREG project “CSSC Lab”, take a look at our first newsletter. In particular, it zooms in on the four demo sites in Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia and Slovenia. You can access it here: Interreg Danube (interreg-danube.eu

 

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First training BACID II

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21.12.2020

ConPlusUltra  awarded grant to implement Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Training in North Macedonia

In the framework of its third call for proposals, BACID II “Building Administrative Capacity in the Danube Region and Western Balkans (2018-2021)” awarded ConPlusUltra a contract to conduct two trainings for trainers working for North Macedonian utilities. The project, which is entitled “"Building capacities in the utilities sector of North Macedonia for the more resilient, inclusive and sustainable provision of services for citizens”, will familiarise participants with key issues related to energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy. They will then be encouraged to train representatives at municipal level in order to share their know-how.

The first training was hosted by Association of public utility services providers of Republic of North Macedonia (ADKOM) on 17.12.2020. 29 representatives from 15 utility companies and 14 municipalities took part in the session. The five-hour training covered the topics “energy assessments for municipal infrastructure”, “energy efficiency in buildings” and “energy efficiency in water supply/ waste water utilities”. At the end, the participants received homework in order to apply their newly-acquired knowledge. A further training is planned in February 2021 to help them deepen their understanding of the topics “integration of renewable energy in public infrastructure” and “municipal energy planning”. All sessions will be led by consultants from ConPlusUltra (Austria) and Balkan Development Solutions BDS (North Macedonia).

 

The Action is implemented with funding from the Austrian Development Cooperation through the BACID grant scheme (Building Administrative Capacities in Danube Region & Western Balkans), managed by the Austrian Association of Cities and Towns and KDZ Centre for Public Administration Research.

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First newsletter STRIDE

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14.12.2020

The first Newsletter of the project STRIDE has recently been published.

The first Newsletter has recently been published. It sums up our STRIDE (Improved energy planning through the Integration of Smart Grid concepts in the Danube Region) Project, the issues addressed and the project goals. Information on the impact project and the project partners is also available.

A report of the first digital public kick-off event, which took place on 5th November 2020, is also included in this newsletter.

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CSSC Lab demo site Austria

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09.12.2020

Read the blog about Austrian demo site in Stegersbach.

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CSSC Lab is publishing blogs on its demo sites. This week’s blog introduces the Austrian case in Stegersbach. This demo site shows how a building can achieve self-sufficiency through the use of sector coupling and city storage solutions. To find out more click here: Interreg Danube (interreg-danube.eu)

 

EDU4future kick-off

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08.12.2020

The Erasmus+project EDU4future has been started with ConPlusUltra as project partner who will contribute to making secondary education programs more adapted to the future needs of the labor market Industry 4.0.

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Slovak Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) has been awarded funding from the Erasmus + program for the project "edu4future". The implementation of the project began with a virtual kick-off meeting on November 26, 2020, which was organized by the SCCI Regional Chamber Trenčín. It was attended by the project partners from the Czech Republic, Austria, Germany, Italy and Slovenia.
The aim of the project is to identify mechanisms, which make it possible to transfer employer requirements related to digitalization and Industry 4.0 to vocational education.
The implementation of the project will contribute to making secondary education programs more adapted to the future needs of the labor market Industry 4.0. At the same time, it will also take into account the new COVID 19 context and its effects on the labor market.

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First DanubePeerChains newsletter

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03.12.2020

Stay up-to-date and discover all key facts related to the project “DanubePer Chains” in our first newsletter.

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The two-page newsletter will give you insight into the key project content, objectives and running of the project. The “DanubePeerChains” project allows for business agencies and labour market institutions to cooperate and jointly develop appropriate qualification measures for small and medium-sized enterprises in the Danube region. The purpose of this is to raise their competence levels related to Industry 4.0 value chains. Stay up-to-date and discover all key facts related to the project in our first newsletter.

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CSSC Lab public Kick-off meeting

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25.11.2020

The Interreg Danube Transnational Project “CSSC Lab” held its public kick-off meeting and provided information on demo investment sites in which city storage and sector coupling solutions are being tested.

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]On October 29th 2020 CSSC Lab held its kick-off meeting, which was attended by a range of actors from the Danube region. The fact that the event attracted representatives from both the private and the public sector highlights the relevant of the topics “city storage” and “sector coupling” for Europe today.
The event served as an opportunity for the consortium to introduce the project and to provide more details on the four demo investment sites, in which numerous city storage and sector coupling solutions are being tested.

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STRIDE public Kick-off meeting

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19.11.2020

The Interreg Danube Transnational Project “STRIDE – Improved energy planning through the integration of Smart Grid concepts in the Danube Region” hosted its official public kick-off event with ConPlusUltraTeam as one of the project partners.

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On the 5th of November 2020, the project STRIDE – which has been approved in the 3rd call of the the Interreg Danube Transnational Programme (DTP) - hosted its official public kick-off event. Due to the covid-19 pandemic, the event was held virtually as an online conference with the purpose to raise the awareness of project target groups about the project goals and forthcoming activities and provide information to stakeholders about the expected results and benefits of the STRIDE project.
First, Ana Leganel, Interreg DTP Joint Secretariat (JS) project officer, welcomed all the partners and stakeholders and spoke about the ‘’synergies that can be created between STRIDE project and the other DTP financed projects, especially CSSC LAB’’. In both projects, STRIDE and CSSC Lab, ConPlusUltra is significantly involved as a project partner and work package leader.
Tea Potocnik, representing the lead partner LEASP, highlighted the relevance of the associated strategic partners: ‘’Associated strategic partners play a crucial role in the STRIDE project, as they are the ones that will implement or support the implementation of the smart grid strategies and action plans – and in this respect, it is important to include them in the extensive dialog from the beginning of the project.’’
As the project coordinator added, , ‘’The kick-off event was a first in the series of events organised within the project STRIDE in which associated strategic partners will actively participate.’’

 

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DanubePeerChains Kick-off report

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18.11.2020

The Interreg project DanubePeerChains, started with the public online KICK-OFF “Leap into Digital Value Chains” on October 27th. Read about this multifacetted and enriching event.

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On October 27th, DanubePeerChains organised its kick-off event entitled “Leap into Digital Value Chains”. As the title indicates, the event provided an overview of key topics and challenges related to digital value chains and the digital transformation of industry. To this end, numerous speakers from both Slovenia and beyond were invited to share their know-how.
The event began with a project presentation by Eva Breuer, representing the lead partner BIZ Austria. Subsequently, Mrs. Željka Kelkedi presented the Slovenian context of the project. She was followed by Mr. Kornél Nemeth who focused on the major challenges faced by small and mid-size companies in industry 4.0. After that, the role of the digital innovation Hub Slovenia in digitalization of Slovenian SMEs was examined by Katja Mohar Bastar. In the later sessions, Mr. Bojan Zupan presented good practice examples of digitalisation in industry, while Mr. Erik Kapfer gave an overview of enabling technologies in industry and the educational system. The final presentation was given by Mrs. Ines Gergorić who explained how HR can support the emergence of digital value chains.
The conference was organised under the coordination of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia. Reaching both Slovenian stakeholders and interested parties at European level, the event was held in both languages with simultaneous translation. The fact that over 50 participants took part in the event is indicative of the importance of digital value chains in the Danube Region and highlights the necessity for projects such as DanubePeerChains.

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Invitation STRIDE Kick-off

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23.10.2020

The Interreg Danube Transnational Project “STRIDE – Improved energy planning through the integration of Smart Grid concepts in the Danube Region” will start with a public online kick-off meeting on November 5th, 2020, with ConPlusUltraTeam as one of the project partners.

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The public kick-off of the STRIDE project will take place on November 5th, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. with a kick-off event. In the event, the goals, contents and activities of the project will be presented to the public.

People interested in improved energy planning through the integration of smart grid concepts are invited to learn more about the project.

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Invitation CSSC Lab Kick-off

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19.10.2020

The Interreg Danube Transnational Project “CSSC Lab” starts with a public online kick-off meeting on October 29th, with ConPlusUltra as one of the 17 project partners.

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The public kick-off of the CSSC Lab project will take place on October 29, 2020 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Find out more about the goals and content of the project, as well as the planned pilot projects with innovative solutions in the field of sector coupling.

More about the project and CPU project team

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Start of Interreg project DanubePeerChains

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14.10.2020

The Interreg project DanubePeerChains, starts with the public online kick-off event “Leap into Digital Value Chains” on October 27th DanubePeerChains at 9:00 am.

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In July 2020, the DanubePeerChains project was launched. For the next two and a half years until end of 2022, the project will receive funding from the Interreg Danube Transnational Programme. Business Upper Austria – OÖ Wirtschaftsagentur GmbH is the leader of the project consortium consisting of fourteen project partners and five associated strategic partners from the Danube macro-region including the Western Balkans.

The online kick-off event, which is open to the public, starts on October 27th.

ConPlusUltra, in its project partner role, coordinates the preparation of action plans for each of the partner regions and the development of a transnational strategy for the integration of small and medium-sized enterprises in transnational Industry 4.0 value chains. The project budget amounting for 1,784,455 € is granted by ERDF, IPA and ENI funds of the European Union.

Upskilling programme for the integration of small and medium-sized enterprises from the Danube countries into transnational Industry 4.0 value chains

Goals and strategies
In a cooperation between business support and labour market support organisations the DanubePeerChains partnership will develop a programme of support measures for upskilling of small and medium-sized enterprises from the Danube countries and Western Balkans acc. to their development demand to path their way to transnational integration of Industry 4.0 value chains.
How does it work?
Project work starts from the analysis of the potential for transnational value chain integration based on the target sectors, i.e. mechatronics, machine building and plant engineering, electronics, robotics and ICT. Based on the identified development demand of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), the partnership will develop an upskilling programme as well as support measures for regional SME target groups. At the same time, first trainings and pilot projects will be launched involving regional companies. Business support and labour market support organisations from all partner regions will exchange experience to tailor the newly developed instruments acc. to SME demand. Project results are further used for the preparation of regional action plans and for substantiating the European Strategy for the Danube Region.

Project coordination: Business Upper Austria - OÖ Wirtschaftsagentur GmbH
The consortium involves 14 project partners and 5 associated strategic partners from 10 countries of the Danube macro-region - from Bavaria and Austria, to the eastern Danube area and Western Balkans:

  • Lead partner: Business Upper Austria, Mechatronik-Cluster (Oberösterreich, AT)
  • Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia (SLO)
  • Zagreb Innovation Centre Ltd. (HR)
  • ConPlusUltra GmbH (NÖ, AT)
  • Pannon Business Network Association (HU)
  • National Scientific Research Institute for Labour and Social Protection (RO)
  • Romanian Cluster Association (RO)
  • Cluster Mechatronik & Automation e.V. (DE)
  • R-Tech GmbH (DE)
  • School center Skofja Loka (SLO)
  • Innovation and Enterpreneurship Center Tehnopolis (ME)
  • University of Belgrade (RS)
  • Foundation for Innovation, Technology and Knowledge Transfer (BiH)
  • Montenegro Ministry of Economy (ME)

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DanubePeerChains is a project implemented under the INTERREG DanubeTransnational Programme co-financed by European Union funds.

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Compliance Solutions Day, 24th September

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18.09.2020

Participate in Compliance Solutions Day 2020 on September 24th and get in touch with leading experts and innovative solution providers. It`s possible to attend the meeting via live stream.

"Compliance for Future: Fit for the future with effective compliance" is the title of the Compliance Solutions Day 2020 event.

The Compliance Solutions Day 2020 starts on September 24th at 8:30 at the Apothekersaal in Schloß Schönbrunn, Vienna. Due to the limited number of participants, a live stream is also possible this year. Three interesting keynote speakers, numerous lectures and many exhibitors await you. One of the lecturers is Mag. Peter Gratzl, Head of ConPlusUltra Compliance Management.

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Free webinars Legal Compliance

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09.09.2020

Be there – at the free ConPlusUltra webinars. Several times a month we offer interesting topics from technology + law.

The ConPlusUltra free webinars in autumn cover the following topics of legal compliance in German language:

  • Das neue Strahlenschutzgesetz
  • Pflichten und Haftungen von GeschäftsführerInnen und verantwortlichen Beauftragten im Umwelt-, Anlagen- und Arbeitsschutzrecht

Bisherige Gratis Webinare und wiederkehrende Themen:

  • Überblick Normenmanagement
  • Strukturierte Bescheidablage
  • Compliance Check
  • Überblick Gesetzesmanagement
  • Anforderungen an eine Compliance Software

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Kick-off meeting STRIDE

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09.09.2020

The Kick-Off meeting started the Interreg Danube Transnational Program project STRIDE. ConPlusUltra is part of the team and one of the project partner.

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The STRIDE project was approved by the Monitoring Committee of the Interreg Danube Transnational Program on May 18 th 2020. Goal of the STRIDE project is, to develop and integrate Smart Grid strategies and action plans at a regional/local level with a joint collaboration of participating Danube regions.

The STRIDE project, standing for Improved energy planning through the Integration of Smart Grid concepts in the Danube Region, is led by the Local Energy Agency Spodnje Podravje (LEASP) together with seven project partners and eight associated partners from Slovenia, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Croatia, Bulgaria and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Smart grids will make an important contribution to the development of the power grid in the future. Smart Grid concepts cover all areas – from the planning, operation, maintenance of the grid on one side and on the other side from production, transmission, distribution and end-use. Because of that Smart Grids have established a position very high on the European Union’s agenda.

Although prepared from a technological standpoint to implement Smart Grids, the Danube region is still in the early stages of the actual deployment of smart distribution systems, as regions and local communities across the Danube area lack knowledge and capacities for the integration of Smart Grid concepts into regional and local policies. Through knowledge transfer and the development of planning tools, the STRIDE project aims to provide a comprehensive support for regional/local policy makers for the improvement of energy planning.

Read: STRIDE Original Press Release

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New Interreg Danube Projects

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08.09.2020

Only 35 proposals for Interreg Danube projects out of a total of 270 were successful. 3 of these are participated by ConPlusUltra GmbH.

It is fair to say that the last Interreg Danube Transnational Programme call was hotly contested!  This makes us all the prouder of having three of our projects on the 25 project winner’s list out of 270. These projects are scheduled to run for a total of two and a half years in partnership with our consortium members from the Danube region and the Western Balkans.

Both the projects „CSSC Lab“ and „STRIDE“ focus on energy storage and sector coupling, which are central to the debate on the energy transition. CSSC Lab concentrates on these topics at municipal level and STRIDE considers the development of regional micro-grid solutions.

The main aim of the DanubePeerChains project is to develop educational measures for small and medium-sized enterprises, which reflect the needs of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. These will be designed in cooperation with business support organisation and labour market institutions.

In all three projects, CPU will take a lead role in the conducting of strategic action plans as well as the carrying out of pilot measures and practical demonstrations. Kick-off meetings were organised for each of the projects in July. We expect to have the first results of our analyses at the transnational project level by the end of the summer.

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Third E-FIX Newsletter

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25.08.2020

The third E-FIX newsletter is online and keeps you up-to-date even in times of corona with the latest information about the project developments and activities of the last 6 months on the different innovative financing mechanisms we are testing.

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