Policy Relevance

A variety of directives and programmes are relevant to the MeeFS project at the EU level.

The “EU climate and energy package” 2008 objectives for 2020, (20:20:20 objectives for 2020) , in particular to the objective of reducing 20% the energy consumption (compared to 2005), 20% contribution of RES of the total energy demand, and reduction of 20% in greenhouse gases (GHG) by 2020 (compared to 1990) by reducing the energy needs in the manufacturing of steel and ceramic. MeeFS processes are aimed to obtain higher production rates with lower energy consumption as well as lower embodied energy (using recycled steel and ceramic instead of glass).

The EPBD RECAST also relevant. MeeFS will integrate energy efficient and renewable energy technologies for the implementation of the recast in each country. - Europe 2020 Strategy: The new processes developed within the MeeFS project will mean a significant step towards the effective industrialisation (with low costs and yields) and thus contributing to reach the three priorities of Europe 2020 that the Commission proposed in its communication of March of 20101:

  1. Smart growth developing an economy based on knowledge and innovation, by boosting the use of renewable energy sources (photovoltaic) in commercial applications;
  2. Sustainable growth promoting a more resource efficient, greener and more competitive economy; 3) inclusive growth fostering a high-employment economy, through the market uptake of photovoltaic panels.

Another relevant policy comes from the Green Book on Security of Energy Supply which considers the European Union's (EU) external energy dependence. The EU meets 50% of its energy needs through imports and, if no action is taken, this will increase to 70% by 2020 or 20302. With the production of renewable energy, this dependence will be reduced significantly.

Finally there is also the European Economic Recovery Plan3: in which the need to take urgent measures to improve the energy efficiency of the housing stock and public buildings and promote rapid take up of 'green' products is indicated.

  1. EUROPE 2020: A strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, Communication from the commission, Brussels, 3.3.2010
  2. http://europa.eu/legislation_summaries/energy/external_dimension_enlargement/l27037_en.htm
  3. http://ec.europa.eu/research/index.cfm?lg=es&pg=newsalert&year=2009&na=ppp-310309
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