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RENOVATION WAVE INITIATIVE – Lighting industry have your say!

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The European Union is facing a great challenge: how to quickly re-build Europe’s economy in the context of COVID-19 while ensuring to keep itself on the path to become climate neutral by 2050. Investing in decarbonising buildings is vital to reconcile climate objectives and economic recovery, in a virtuous way. The renovation wave is one of the key pillars of the European Green Deal and the reasons beyond this are easy to grasp. The EU building sector is the largest single energy consumer in Europe responsible for approximately 40% of EU energy consumption and for 36% of the EU greenhouse gas emissions. At the same time, 75% of existing buildings is energy inefficient. Boosting energy performance of buildings to roll out energy efficiency and renewable at a much higher pace is a priority.

The lighting industry must be an active player of the EU Renovation Wave Initiative. Properly designed and well-coordinated lighting systems are one of the most cost-efficient ways to reduce energy consumption and CO2-emissions in buildings.

LIGHTING CLUSTERS HAVE YOUR SAY and participate in the European Commission public consultation on how to make the Renovation Wave as effective, overarching and ambitious as possible.

Consultation will be open until 9 July 2020.


Klaster Inteligentnego Oświetlenia is a member of ELCA!

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KLASTER INTELIGENTNEGO OŚWIETLENIA IS A MEMBER OF ELCA!
Welcome to the team! We are thrilled to have KL-IO in our alliance.

Klaster Inteligentnego Oświetlenia going to be a valuable asset to ELCA network and we look forward to a successful journey with them!

Klaster Inteligentnego Oświetlenia (Intelligent Lighting Systems Cluster) is a Polish cluster funded in November 2016 by main actors of the lighting industry in Poland.

Its mission is to promote its potential among national and international investors as well as integration and common development of cluster members. KL-IO main goals are:

  • Facilitation of technology transfer from research Institutions to cluster members form research institution to cluster members, between cluster members and from cluster members to the market,
  • Creation and promotion of sector standards and good practices.
  • Integration of the lighting society and matchmaking,
  • Commercialisation of new technological solutions,
  • Internationalisation projects.

Main projects and activities include:

  • Lighting standards for people with special needs
  • Lighting design using Augmented Reality (AR)
  • Common e-commerce platform for cluster members
  • Product promotion (e.g. international fairs, economic missions)
  • Trainings

You can find more information about KL-IO on their website: http://kl-io.pl/intelligent-lighting-systems-cluster/


ELCA IS A PARTNER OF THE ERASMUS+ “ECOSLIGHT” PROJECT

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ECOSLIGHT – Environmentally Conscious Smart Lighting” is the European cooperation project funded by the Erasmus+ Programme in the framework of the KA2 Call: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices – Sector Skills Alliances.

It started on the 1st of December 2019 and will last 3 years. The project will contribute to education and training national policies of the participating countries (increasing adult participation to lifelong learning, developing work-based learning and improving the quality and labour market relevance of VET) and to related European policies. It will develop and offer VET curricula comprising open, hybrid and practical non-formal training stages using Open Educational Resources to design new occupational job profiles for lighting design professionals:
1) The Light Pollution Specialist,
2) The Human-Centric Lighting Specialist,
3) The Road Lighting Safety and Lighting Security Specialist.

The project led by the Hellenic Open University is composed of 12 partners from 5 EU countries (Austria, France, Germany, Greece and Italy), representing Sectoral Organisations of the construction and lighting industry, Vocational Education & Training – VET Providers, Higher Educational Institutions (HEI) and research centres as well as the Regulatory entities.

ELCA will contribute to the identification of professionals’ needs, will co-design job-role specific training scenarios and will lead as WP leader the project dissemination, communication and community building activities at European and local level.

More information will come soon!


NEW EU-FUNDED PROJECT LED BY ELCA – BRILLIANT!

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ELCA is the Coordinator of the newly granted European Cluster Excellence project – BRILLIANT Boosting excellence in the European lighting value chain – whose consortium has just signed the Grant Agreement with the EASME Agency – COSME Programme!

The project activities will kick-off next February 2020!

Stay tuned!


ELCA is the official Ambassador of the IOT SWC 2019!

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CYBER SECURE LIGHT project and ELCA are the official Ambassadors of the IOT Solutions World Congress – DIGITALIZING INDUSTRIES Barcelona 29-31 October 2019.

The IOT Solutions World Congress is the leading event worldwide that links the Internet of Things with the Industry. Since its first edition back in 2015, the event has grown to become the global reference for industrial IoT and the unmissable annual meeting for industry stakeholders. The 2019 edition content will focus on 6 dedicated areas: Connected Transport, Manufacturing, Energy, Healthcare, Buildings & Infrastructure and Open Industry. In addition to the Congress and the exhibition area, the IOTSWC will also host 2 co-located events: Blockchain Solutions World and AI & Cognitive Systems Forum.

ELCA collaborates with the IOT SWC – Fira Barcelona to organise the CYBER SECURE LIGHT International B2B Matchmaking Fair beside the IOT Congress to bring together main European and global players, technology providers and companies of the smart building supply chain to discuss on IoT digital security and foster business dialogues.
The Cyber Secure Light project will support SMEs to attend the event and benefit from its cooperation opportunities.

Therefore stay tuned, more information and the event agenda will come soon!


ELCA invited as EXPERT by DG GROW to attend the User Requirements Workshop for a New Portal on Industrial Modernisation and Advanced Technologies

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USER REQUIREMENTS WORKSHOP FOR A PORTAL ON INDUSTRIAL MODERNISATION AND ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES

Brussels, 23 May 2019

The European Commission Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW) is currently developing a new online platform to improve the analysis and systematic monitoring of industrial modernisation and advanced technologies in Europe.

Marta Krakowiak from ELCA, upon the direct invitation from the European Commission’s DG GROW, participated in a workshop in the context of this new European online platform that will inform policymakers, industry representatives and academia on developments related to Industrial Modernisation and Advanced Technologies. During the workshop, ELCA had the opportunity to share ideas and views on the platform content and visual settings by providing direct input to the DG GROW officials and platform developers.

Moreover, ELCA networked with key stakeholders and peers coming from important organisations as Euro Commerce, European-level federation of Europe’s technology industries, national and regional innovation agencies, European DIGITAL SME Alliance, European Association of Development Agencies (EURADA), Business Europe network and many European ICT and digital clusters representatives.

In the next months, ELCA will participate in the follow-up activities to support DG GROW in the definition of the portal.


ELCA AT THE EUROPEAN CLUSTER CONFERENCE 2019 IN BUCHAREST

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ELCA attended the 6th edition of the European cluster conference that took place during 14-16 May 2019 in the palace of Parliament in Bucharest.

The conference was organised by the European Commission’s Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs in cooperation with the Romanian Ministry of Economy. With its theme “Connecting ecosystems: Bridge. Inspire. Change”, the conference gathered 450 national and regional cluster policy-makers and practitioners from industry, research and academia.

ELCA had the opportunity to connect with other industrial clusters and participated in the interactive group discussions on emerging hot topics as digital transformation, circular economy and creating shared value. ELCA contributed to discussions on how to stimulate strategic interregional collaboration and linkages between different cluster-related EU initiatives.

ELCA introduced also the first outcomes of the Cyber Secure Light project at the side partnering meeting of European cluster partnerships, organised in collaboration with the Commission’s Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME).

More information on the conference can be found here


ELCA member of EREK!

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As of today, ELCA is a Member of EREK European Resource Efficiency Knowledge Center.

EREK is a European network of business support organisations working together to promote resource efficiency among SMEs. The concept of resource efficiency is fairly straightforward: substantial economic benefits can be achieved through improved management of resources (energy, water, waste, etc.). Its basic line of argument is that sustainability can be profitable to even the smallest companies. Our working principle is to ensure that these companies have access to information which will ease and inspire their transition to resource efficiency.

Such information includes real-life good practices examples of what other companies have already done, return investment experiences, information on organisations which can provide financial assistance, news and events happening in the European resource efficiency community, etc.