EU, U.S. to cooperate on smart energy

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Posted on: 4 Dec 2011

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 materials. 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 transport. 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. Sources: EU News Related: EU, US boost cooperation on disaster management EU, U.S. to collaborate on smart grid standards
Posted: 04 December 2011

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