Government Europa Quarterly 29 focuses on developments in policy, technology and environmental initiatives.
With the EU elections now three weeks away and Brexit now almost certainly delayed until October, Government Europa Quarterly 29 looks into the impact of Brexit on border control and the IT crisis plaguing UK business; as well as the future of cybersecurity policy and the growing role of smart cities.
Bo Normark, InnoEnergy’s Thematic Leader of Smart Grids and Electrical Storage, discusses innovations in the EU’s electricity infrastructure as the transition to renewable energy takes hold.
- Batteries and emission reduction – influencing policy with the European Battery Alliance and exploring retrofit hybrid bus engines with Brunel University, London; and
- Rare diseases and unique conditions – European Reference Networks, the crucial role played by patient groups and the importance of raising awareness of mucopolysaccharidosis.
IT, security and smart technology
- DG CONNECT’s Despina Spanou discusses the European Commission’s cybersecurity policies;
- Elena Hoicka, senior psychology lecturer at the University of Bristol, explores the effects of screen time on early years child development;
- VIRTUS Data Centres CEO Neil Cresswell outlines the challenges faced by megacities;
- Brigade Electronics Group’s Ben Greenstreet showcases Brigade’s award-winning acoustic alert systems for electric cars; and
- Daan Roosegaarde, the designer behind the Smart Highway project in the Netherlands, talks about the importance of smart lighting systems to the infrastructure of the future.
Sustainability, the environment and maritime development
- Mauro Petriccione at the European Commission outlines the seven strategic building blocks necessary to ensure the EU achieves net zero emissions by 2050;
- University of Liverpool post-doctoral research associate Camille Bellet discusses the medicalisation of animal farming and why agriculture must simplify;
- Piotr Barczak, the EEB’s senior policy officer for waste, explains the importance of waste prevention across the EU;
- Cleveland Steel Managing Director Roy Fishwick details the challenges posed by current UK legislation to the implementation of sustainable surplus steel projects; and
- Kathryn Stack, Secretary General of the Federation of European Aquaculture Producers, discusses the ways in which good practice in aquaculture can facilitate sustainable food procurement.