Science fiction authors can help predict future consumer patterns

Science fiction authors foresaw augmented reality video games, the rise of social media and trends of hyper-consumption, and can help predict future consumer patterns. New research in the Journal of Consumer Culture, by Lancaster University Management School’s Dr Mike Ryder, highlights many parallels between the futures created by sci-fi pioneer Frederik Pohl in the 1950s and Read more about Science fiction authors can help predict future consumer patterns[…]

System to protect EU businesses from unfair trade competition

The European Union is committed to free trade. However, if European industries suffer as a result of unfair practices by non-EU countries, such as dumping and subsidised imports, the EU can respond with Trade Defence Instruments (TDIs). The European Court of Auditors has looked at this area for the first time. It concludes that the Read more about System to protect EU businesses from unfair trade competition[…]

Renewable energy transition makes sense

Making the transition to a renewable energy future will have environmental and long-term economic benefits and is possible in terms of energy return on energy invested (EROI), UNSW Sydney researchers have found. Their research, published in the international journal Ecological Economics recently, disproves the claim that a transition to large-scale renewable energy technologies and systems will damage Read more about Renewable energy transition makes sense[…]

How to meas­ure sustainability?

The National Audit Office of Finland (NAOF) was looking for fresh ideas for measuring international sustainability goals, joining us in coming up with ideas for and implementing a master’s level course aimed at students of geography. The course resulted in a report that has spread globally and offers Finnish authorities new ideas for steering sustainability Read more about How to meas­ure sustainability?[…]

Decline of business construction industry and how to optimise processes

A team of researchers from Aarhus University have, for the first time ever, linked 40 years of productivity data from the construction industry with the actual work done. The results show that productivity in the construction industry has been declining since the 1970s. The results also explain the decline and how to achieve far more Read more about Decline of business construction industry and how to optimise processes[…]

New Platform to Business rules

The Commission publishes today a set of resources to help traders, online platforms and search engines get the most out of the new Platform to Business rules, which apply from this Sunday, 12 July. In addition, three progress reports prepared by the expert group for the Observatory on the Online Platform Economy are published for feedback. The reports will inform the broader Read more about New Platform to Business rules[…]

EU labour market in the first quarter 2020

The first quarter 2020 is the first quarter in which the labour market across the European Union (EU) has been affected by COVID-19 measures taken by Member States. Employment and unemployment as defined by the ILO concept are, in this particular situation, not sufficient to describe all the developments taking place in the labour market. Read more about EU labour market in the first quarter 2020[…]

The EU strategies for energy system integration and hydrogen adopted today

To become climate-neutral by 2050, Europe needs to transform its energy system, which accounts for 75% of the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions.  The EU strategies for energy system integration and hydrogen, adopted today, will pave the way towards a more efficient and interconnected energy sector, driven by the twin goals of a cleaner planet and Read more about The EU strategies for energy system integration and hydrogen adopted today[…]

Summer 2020 Economic Forecast

The EU economy will experience a deep recession this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, despite the swift and comprehensive policy response at both EU and national levels. Because the lifting of lockdown measures is proceeding at a more gradual pace than assumed in our Spring Forecast, the impact on economic activity in 2020 will Read more about Summer 2020 Economic Forecast[…]

How sustainable is the use of water in EU agriculture

Farmers being major consumers of freshwater, the European Court of Auditors is assessing the impact of the EU’s agricultural policy on sustainable water use. The audit, which has just started, will be useful as the EU moves forward with its reform of the common agricultural policy. Freshwater is one of our most valuable resources. However, Read more about How sustainable is the use of water in EU agriculture[…]

Just transition in the energy sector

The EU must transition towards a climate-neutral economy without letting disparities between regions grow any further, say regional development MEPs. On Monday 6 July, the Regional Development Committee approved the establishment of the Just Transition Fund (JTF) with 27 votes in favour, 7 against and 8 abstentions. Allocation of financial resources MEPs request a significant Read more about Just transition in the energy sector[…]

MEPs propose ways to step up storage solutions

As energy from renewable sources is increasingly part of the European energy mix, MEPs propose ways to step up storage solutions such as hydrogen or home batteries. In a report adopted on Monday, MEPs in the Industry, Research and Energy Committee outline their strategy for energy storage, which plays a crucial role in reaching the Read more about MEPs propose ways to step up storage solutions[…]