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The Key Action 2 of the ERASMUS+ program is entitled: “COOPERATION FOR THE INNOVATION and THE EXCHANGE OF GOOD PRACTICES”

This action aims to foster opportunities for cooperation and exchange of good practices between companies and teaching organizations to modernize and strengthen the education, training and youth sector.

The Key Action 2 is intended for the development of the education sector, training and youth through five main activities:

  1. Promote strategic partnerships within the field of the education, training and youth.
  2. Promote knowledge alliances.
  3. Sector skills alliances
  4. Capacity building (higher education)
  5. Capacity building (youth)

This week, we are going to dedicate the post to the last three opportunities of key action 2 of the program. All the information about the two first opportunities can be found in the previous post.

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The Key Action 2 of the ERASMUS+ program is entitled: “COOPERATION FOR THE INNOVATION and THE EXCHANGE OF GOOD PRACTICES”

This action aims to foster opportunities for cooperation and exchange of good practices between companies and teaching organizations to modernize and strengthen the education, training and youth sector.

The Key Action 2 is intended for the development of the education sector, training and youth through five main activities:

  1. Promote strategic partnerships within the field of the education, training and youth.
  2. Promote knowledge alliances.
  3. Partnerships for sectoral competencies
  4. Development of capabilities for higher education
  5. The capacity for youth development

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What is the  ERASMUS + program ?

The ERASMUS + program is a program of the European Union for education, learning, youth, and sport. It aims to help young people who want to go abroad to study, to do internships in european companies or discover a new culture, getting new knowledges and experiences.  Young people who beneficiate from the ERASMUS + program get profesional and adaptation skills, which are very important  in the labour world . It also helps them to develop their open-mindedness  thanks to the knowledge of other languages and cultures and thus, helps them to understand the environment in which they live.

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SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY

Taking advantage of the “European Mobility Week” is interesting to explain what is the mobility and why is spoken both lately of the mobility sustainable.

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First of all clarify “What is mobility?”

For mobility it means all movements of people and goods, which are produced in a physical environment. When we talk about urban mobility we mean all shifts taking place in the city. These displacements are carried out in different means or systems of transport: car, public transport … but also walking and cycling. All with a clear goal: to bridge the gap that separates us from places where satisfy our desires or needs. Ie facilitate accessibility to certain places. So we could say that accessibility is the objective through pursues transport mobility.

Having explained the concept of Mobility and Accessibility, What is meaning of “sustainable mobility”?

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Augmented reality.

In recent times, especially since he left the Niantic company videogame Pokemon Go, Augmented Reality has begun to be in fashion in all the world, displacing even the Virtual Reality that ends not be a “reality “or rather, it does not reach an optimum level in terms of quality / price.

But do you really know what is augmented reality?

Augmented reality is to combine the real world with the virtual by a computer process, increasing the visual experience and improving the quality of communication.

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With this technology you can add visual information to reality, and create all kinds of interactive experiences: 3D product catalogs, virtual testers clothing, video games, clothing designs or rooms and more.

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Cloud Computing

To understand what is Cloud Computing, we can make the analogy with electrical power. When it started using electricity, a company needed to have a generator where it was to consume electricity. The company itself was responsible for installation and maintenance. Today you plug any device to the network, and you pay for what you have consumed.

Cloud Computing is the same concept. We no longer buy servers for our company, put a space, install multiple operating systems, platforms, applications, prepare it to service on Internet, keep it, acquire more capacity when they are small, backup … Instead there are companies that offer this infrastructure, and most importantly, with payment formats for use. If you consume fewer resources you pay less, if your company grows and you need more capacity, you pay more.

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Electric charge stations have vitally important since the main European cities have implemented various measures for the protection of the environment and decrease pollution in these cities. One of theme is the current limitation of the displacements of the new vehicles that, with exceptions, will be between 1,000 and 1,600 c.c, in addition to reducing the production of diesel car because of its manifest (excessive emissions of NO2) pollution vehicles in recent studies. 1366_2000

Nowdays the most of people who do not opt for buying a hybrid or electric vehicle made it by ignorance, of these stations charge or the various possibilities of charging of electric vehicles that exist, in addition to the duration of the batteries, with an approximate duration of about 200-300 Km. Continue reading

smart-cities-security-challenge-showcase_image-6-a-7968Lately we have heard about Smarts Cities, even we have seen the name of any city accompanied by the “tag line” Smart City. So, do you know what Smart City means? A Smart City is managed efficiently by means of technological advances and the evolution of communication.

The Smart City concept encompasses several sectors: transport, waste, energy, supplies, health, communication etc. The main objective of Smarts Cities projects is to improve economic and political efficiency of the city and the quality of life of the citizens.

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Today’s “take-make-dispose” economy has long relied on cheap and available resources to create conditions for growth and stability. Society now acknowledges that continued wealth generation requires a new industrial model that is less dependent on primary energy and materials.

The concept of the circular economy is a way of decoupling growth from resource constraints. It reconciles growth and economic participation with prudence and equity.

Recycling and reusing materials historically discarded 

Companies can satisfy their resource needs by recycling and reusing materials historically discarded as waste. Those  involved in waste management can develop  services that allow manufacturers to capture value from materials left over after production or after a product has reached the end of its life cycle.

Great technological advances have been achieved in recycling, organics processing, and waste- to-energy conversion, and these have revealed opportunities in material and component recovery. Waste-collection operators and recyclers should cooperate with manufacturers to identify and develop opportunities for value recovery, helping manufacturers design products and production processes or  develop ing logistical solutions to incorporate recovered material in their production cycle.

New business models

Companies should consider new business models to retain ownership of the materials used in their products so that they can recycle or reuse the product at the end of its life cycle. For example, some manufacturers of  furniture  and household appliances and are shifting their business models from customer ownership to lease agreements

Impact on the economy

The estimation of materials cost savings of adopting a more restorative approach is over €900.000 millions per year by 2025. Leading companies are driving innovation in circular economy across product design, development of product-to-service approaches and new materials recovery methods. Companies that want to rethink their supply chain and business models should first focus on activities within their operations, where they have the most control; they can turn their attention later to activities that require the cooperation of other organizations, customers, or other stakeholders. Specifically, companies should prioritize the activities that offer the greatest potential for impact given their position on the production circle.

The following video shows in a very visual way the concept of Circular Economy:

Source: Ellen MacArthur Foundation

European Commission is promoting Circular Economy initiatives and projects providing funding through programs such as Horizon 2020. You can find this opportunities accessing to European Funding Observatory. We  would like to encourage you to discover it (premium version can be tested for free).

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In order to encourage investment in Europe, the Commission has announced that it will allocate 7,600 million euros to the activation of the second call for Mechanism “Connecting Europe” (MCE) proposals to finance projects for strategic transport.

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