The EU and the U.S. are strengthening their cooperation on smart grid research, cloud computing, and raw materials.
3 November 2011
EU, U.S. boost cooperation on smart energy
The European Union and the United States
are strengthening transatlantic economic ties
through a number of new initiatives.
Concerning energy, senior EU and U.S. leaders
agreed at the Transatlantic Economic Council to
strengthen their cooperation on electric vehicle
and smart grid research and in the fields of new
technologies, such as cloud computing, and raw
A new work plan with the objective to develop coherent and compatible standards for electric
vehicles and smart grids to promote these for adoption in relevant international fora was accepted.
A "letter of intent" includes the establishment of two electric vehicle/smart grid interoperability
center, one at Argonne National Laboratories, in the U.S., and one at the European Commission's
Joint Research Centre facilities in Ispra, Italy.
These centers will promote a common approach between the U.S. and EU to testing of electric
vehicle and smart grid equipment, with a view to the development of global standards.
In addition, a number of transatlantic pilot projects were launched, related to the establishment of
electric vehicle/smart grid interoperability centers and a "Twin city" project to test electrification of
In the margins of the Council, the EU and the U.S. initialled the Energy Star Agreement, a scheme
initially established by the US that promotes the manufacturing of energy-efficient office
equipment. The Energy Star label enables consumers to identify low energy consumption
appliances which play a part in ensuring security of energy supply and environmental protection.
The Council also decided to intensify cooperation in a number of key emerging technologies and
innovative sectors, such as nanotechnology and cloud computing.
This work will bring together policy makers, regulators, and standard-setting bodies and aims at
developing joint approaches to emerging regulatory issues and avoiding the creation of new and
unintended barriers to trade and investment.
The meeting of the Transatlantic Economic Council was held on Tuesday in Washington D.C.
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