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PHICAP breidt zijn Development Management activiteit uit #phicap #management #fund #activa #business

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PHICAP, het jonge Belgische bedrijf  erkend om zijn expertise in het beheer van activa, vastgoedfondsen en projectontwikkeling  blijft groeien. In 2015  komt Hugo Chico Galdo de ploeg  als Project Development Manager versterken.

Het Brusselse bedrijf is met meer dan 120 miljoen euro in vermogensbeheer de uitgelezen partner in de vastgoedwereld.

Het departement Development Management biedt begeleiding bij aankoop. Deze dienst omvat de technische, financiële en stedenbouwkundige analyse, de structurering van de aankoop en de definitie van het concept, het inschrijvings- en bouwbeheer, evenals de opvolging van de noodzakelijke vergunningen en verkoop.

 

Shervin Labani

Les Etats Généraux du Commerce au Grand-Duché de Luxembourg, seconde édition #Luxembourg #Chambre de Commerce #UE

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Le jeudi 2 avril 2015 à partir de 13h30 à la Chambre de Commerce du Luxembourg se tiendra pour la deuxième fois que le Conseil Belgo-Luxembourgeois des Centres Commerciaux organise ses états Généraux du Commerce au Luxembourg.

Cette initiative rassemble ainsi tous les acteurs du commerce du pays et de ses voisins, dans le but de s’informer, d’échanger et de débattre de sujets liés à l’actualité commerciale au Grand-Duché de Luxembourg. L’après-midi sera rythmée par l’intervention de plusieurs experts après une introduction par Luc Plasman, Président du BLSC. De quoi apporter un focus sur les nouveaux défis face auxquels l’économie luxembourgeoise va devoir faire face dans un avenir proche.

Parmi les intervenants, citons notamment Philippe Provost, responsable du développement du projet La Cloche D’or, destiné à devenir le nouveau centre de la Grande Région. L’E-marketing ainsi que Phygital seront aussi abordés, tout comme les grands enjeux du commerce urbain dans la Capitale. L’après-midi se clôturera par une table ronde avec pour modérateur Vincent Bechet, Vice-Président du BLSC  : « Immobilier retail, le boom va-t-il continuer ? »

Voici le programme de la journée :

13h30 Arrivée des participants
13h45 Début du séminaire. Introduction par Luc Plasman, Président du BLSC 14h00 Carlo Thelen, Chambre de Commerce de Luxembourg, « L’économie luxembourgeoise face à de nouveaux défis »
14h30 Thierry Debourse, Cushman & Wakefield, « Tout ce que vous avez toujours voulu savoir sur le retail à Luxembourg sans jamais oser le demander »
15h00 Anne Darin-Jaulin, Union Commerciale de la Ville de Luxembourg (UCVL), « Le Commerce urbain de la Capitale et ses enjeux »
15h45 Pause-Café
16h00 Pascal Poty, Agence Walonne des Télécommunications (AWT), « Phygital : Lorsque le mobile réinvente la relation commerciale »
16h45 Philippe Provost, LC01 « La Cloche D’Or : le nouveau centre de la Grande Région »
17h15 Helen Mortier, Artexis « E-Marketing ou contact en face à face dans le secteur de l’immobilier ? »
17h30 Table ronde ayant pour thème « Immobilier retail : le boom va-t-il continuer ? » Participants : Michel Van Geyte (LEASINVEST), Anne Darin-Jaulin (UCVL), Philippe Provost (LCO1), Philippe Godbert (CHAUSSEA), Jean-Marie In (INOWAI) Médiateur : Vincent Béchet (INOWAI)
18h00 Cocktail de Clôture

RESEAU FINANCITE : PLUS D’INVESTISSEMENTS RESPONSABLES EN BELGIQUE

Financité en quelques mots

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Né en 1987, le Réseau Financement Alternatif est aujourd’hui de plus en plus connu sous l’appellation Financité. C’est naturellement que l’assemblée générale vient de décider de changer sa dénomination en “Réseau Financité”. Le Réseau Financité a pour but de réunir des citoyens et des organisations désirants changer leur rapports à l’argent dans un soucis de responsabilité sociales, environnementales ou gouvernementales.

Parti sur une croissance solide dans les années 2000 l’investissement socialement responsable a été fortement affecté par la crise financière de 2007-2008. Depuis lors les investissement en IRS ne cessent de baisser, au grand daim des acteurs qui se battent pour un système financier plus juste. Au delà de l’aspect quantitatif, c’est bien l’aspect qualitatif des ISR qui pose problème aujourd’hui.

En effet bon nombre des agents financier gérant l’argent des IRS le reversent à des agents ou entreprises actifs qui polluent l’environnement, emploient des mineurs, produisent des armes etc… Tantôt dans l’ignorance et pensant bien faire, tantôt dans le manque d’offre en matière d’IRS il est normal qu’aujourd’hui les Belges désireux d’investir dans ce domaine se montrent réticents …

La faute à qui?? La frustration des membres du Réseau de Financement Alternatif et des autres acteurs prônants l’IRS est palpable, et pour cause, la demande et réelle et n’attend qu’un moyen efficace et sur pour investir son argent. Le problème vient de la législation qui encore en 2013, n’a pas tenu ses promesses en termes de réformes et propositions de loi. C’est la cas du gouvernement fédéral qui en 2011 avait annoncé qu’il plaiderait la cause au niveau européen pour l’introduction de normes de qualité pour les investissements responsables.

En  2014 aucune réelle législation définissant quelconque norme qualitative minimale n’a encore été mise en place. Ajouter à cela l’absence de transparence de la part des agents financier et vous comprendrez que l’IRS peut encore attendre pour retrouver ses beaux jours. La mise en place d’une norme légale minimale permettrait de faire face au “greenwashing” et de redonner confiance aux investisseurs, particuliers ou institutions aussi espérons que nous verrons ce cadre légal se mettre en place au plus tôt.

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400 MILLIONS D’EUROS POUR DEVELOPPER DES “SMART CITIES”

La Banque Européenne d’Investissement ( BEI ) et Belfius débloquent 400 millions pour développer des villes et communes intelligentes et durables en Belgique. Le programme s’appelle “Smart Cities & Sustainable Development” et a pour objectif d’accompagner et de soutenir financièrement des projets de développement durable en zones urbaines.

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La BEI et Belfius sont partis du constat que 98% de la population belge vit en zone urbaine. La concentration démographique croissante dans les agglomérations pose des défis nombreux et majeurs. Les villes génèrent près de 85% du PIB mais consomment également 75% de l’énergie produite et sont à l’origine de 80% des émissions de CO2. Elles sont désormais au cœur de la stratégie de l’Union Européenne “Europe 2020 – Pour une croissance intelligente, inclusive et durable”. L’Europe s’est fixé l’objectif de réduire de 20% ses émissions de CO2, de générer 20% de sa consommation d’énergie au départ de sources renouvelables et d’améliorer son efficacité énergétique de 20%, tout cela d’ici 2020.

A l’époque des grands discours écologiques, les villes se doivent de rester attrayantes dans un contexte favorable à l’innovation en matière de développement durable. Elles n’ont d’autres choix que de “mettre en place des solutions intelligentes pour diminuer leur impact environnemental, repenser les modèles d’accès aux ressources, répondre aux besoins des citoyens et améliorer leur qualité de vie”.

Le programme “Smart Cities & Sustainable Development” vise à favoriser ces nouveaux modes de vie urbains. “Les pouvoirs locaux belges pourront, dès aujourd’hui, bénéficier de prêts à taux préférentiels, pour réaliser leurs projets, à concurrence de 400 millions d’euros, dont la moitié sera apportée par la BEI et l’autre moitié par Belfius”. Les projets, pour être validés, devront bien évidemment entrer dans le cadre du programme “Smart Cities”. Les trois grands axes se situent aux niveaux de la mobilité, du développement urbain et de l’efficacité énergétique. Les critères de sélection s’appuient sur les plans stratégiques, le caractère exemplatif, la nécessité de justification économique et les critères d’éligibilité.

Solenne Gudin

WHAT IS THE EUROPEAN PROJECTS ASSOCIATION

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What is the European Projects Association – EPA?

European Projects Association (EPA) is politically independent nonprofit organization focused on research and development, innovation and internationalization. The use of innovative information and communication technologies is a distinctive characteristic of this leading cooperation network dedicated to the European projects stakeholders. EPA supports the goals of organizations, experts and individuals with a complete set of ICT tools on My Europa platform and services that foster development, effective implementation and efficient dissemination of EU projects. EPA is a recognized innovative actor at the European level as a point in which knowledge and experience meet to create an ideal multimedia environment for the development of European projects.

EPA acts through:

– 4 Multidisciplinary Councils

Regional and Local Council; Business and Economy Council; Academic and Research Council; Associations and Networks Council

Members can participate in one or more Councils according to their interest topics

– 2 Transversal Committees

South East Europe Committee; Information and Technology Committee

Committees are activated according to the topics relevant for the members, a member can propose to activate and form a new Committee.

– 5 Territorial Contact Points active in 2013

Belgium, Brussels Capital, Finnovaregio Foundation; Croatia, Region of Istria, Informo Association; Italy, Region of Lazio, Ken Parker Sistemi; Slovenia, Novo Mesto, University of Novo Mesto; United Kingdom, Caephilly, Nautilus

After one year of Membership every Organisation can apply to become an EPA Territorial Contact Point (TCP). A TCP applies EPA’s methodology and values and can act on National (NCP), Regional (RCP) or Local (LCP) level. A TCP has the international structure and support of the Association for a potentially strong local growth. TCPs have 20% discount on the Organisation Membership fee and other benefits that you can consult on http://europeanprojects.org/TCP

The overall structure operates on the basis of 13 Working Groups on My Europa platform. A member decides to participate in one or more Working Groups that correspond to their priorities or fields of interest. Information such as calls for proposals, partner searches, EU programmes and events are distributed through these working groups;

(1) Agriculture, Fisheries and Foods; (2) Economy, Finance and Tax; (3) Education, Training, Culture and Youth; (4) Employment and Social Affairs; (5) Energy and Natural Resources; (6) Enterprise and Industry; (7) Environment, Consumers and Health; (8) Information, Communication and Media; (9) External Relations and Foreign Affairs; (10) Justice, Fundamental Rights and Home Affairs; (11) Regions and Local Development; (12) Research, Innovation and Technology; (13) Transport, Tourism and Travel.

SASSINORO, PAESE DELL’ACQUA

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In an area of economy, politics and sociology, a small community in the provinces of Benevento  has the honor to organise, since seven years, theWorld Water Day, with the intention to reflect about real issues for the survival and the liveability of “our” present. The small community, named Sassinoro, became “Il paese dell’acqua” (“The village of water”not only because it was able to value the water sources but for the capacity to transform us in a big stage and  lead a debate concerning the subject.

To trace the story of this initiative, to deign to remember for the route of the actions, we need to emphasize that  the construction of a power plant, active since one year, will  support the green economy from the local community.

The new edition of “Sassinoro, paese dell’acqua” was born from a vision that was shared  to be put into action in an innovative experience which see  the actors and their ideas as the protagonists.

Traditionally, the event is organised and proportioned by Marco Iamiceli (vice-mayor of Sassinoro) with the support of the forum giovani (youth forum) and the pro-loco. This year it starts the collaboration with Tabula Rasa  to give a sign and valorise the activity and reality from the youth of the territory.

As it was in the last years, the schools (like primary schools and infancy schools from Sassinoro), the bodies, the associations (music association, pro- loco and youth forum), the experts and the firms will activate some workshops for the sensivity, debate about some issues like ecology and agriculture.

In the program we have some guests, apart from these who are at km zero (city councils, Gal Alto Tammaro, Comunità Montana). For example: Ugo Mattei from the ABC of Naples, Roberto Casari from CPL Concordia, Davide Tabarelli from Nomisma Energy, the sociologist Bruno Turra, the antropologist Maurizio Gnerre, Paolo Gurisatti and the representatives from the association WWF, Il Palio del Grano, Il Genio delle due Sicilie, Green Communities.

We invite everyone to participate at the world water day 2014. It is open to all and it is free. It could be a moment and a way to talk to our awareness, not only  concerning an important topic, but for our enthusiasm to stimulate a new wave of changes in our territory. Sassinoro is “il paese dell’ acqua” (“the water village”) because it is able to create new energies and start up trough the water and the earth to arrive to the future.

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RADIOACTIVE WATER DECONTAMINATION

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WOW TECHNOLOGY S.P.A. has invented and developed an innovative purification system; it allows to separate water from its contaminants concentrating the residual waste order of magnitudes better than ordinary standard methods, without any filter, providing drinkable water without microbiological elements such as bacteria or viruses, as well as chemical solid and liquid contaminants including volatiles. It works with any size of contaminants: single atoms, molecule, nano-particles and particles.
• WOW prototype is based on a unique and solid high order physical theory about a particular solution that creates a phenomenon never studied before. After having evaluated all the existing patents/literature it came out that WOW patent is very innovative either because it works without any filter or because it introduces new depuration method concepts and solutions while using standard components.
• One of the major advantages of this purification method is that fouling deposits contained into water become concentrated and so they can be discarded correctly instead of contaminating wide lands or countryside causing environmental problems. Thanks to WOW, contaminants that at first were scattered into water can finally be collected, once removed from water source, and then correctly disposed.
• This revolutionary technology is going also to provide a wide range of improvements in terms of management of Liquid Radioactive Waste, efficiency and costs reduction. WOW method is simple, low cost (if compared to its efficiency) and it is very well functioning on contaminants treatment. WOW method is reliable, strong and resistant.
• In order to further verify that, recently it has been performed, at LENA laboratories, a test where level of contamination by Cesium (that is the most important contaminating nuclear isotope at nuclear plants) was 6000 times worst than cooling water used at failed nuclear reactor in Fukushima (the worst even radioactive water).
The test results revealed that this method can concentrate nuclear waste liquids at least 1000 times better than any other alternative and standard methods. Contemporary it can extract purified water that then can be reused or recycled.
Then WOW is performing depuration process without producing any additional nuclear waste as on the contrary it is happening now with existing treatment methods that roughly produce an additional nuclear waste volume around 10-20% of entire volume processed.
WOW device has been designed and built to be failure proof.
• The specific nuclear analytical tests conducted by LENA laboratories (Laboratorio Energia Nucleare Applicata) and CNR laboratories demonstrated how WOW prototype and its applications are clearly order of magnitudes better than the competing methods.
• Nuclear physics experts confirm WOW effectiveness on radioactive contaminants rejection: after many researches, physicists specialized in applied nuclear highlighted the evident superiority of WOW method as far as heavy radioactive metals abatement performance is concerned, compared to existing standard methods.
Moreover WOW method and its outsize selectivity has many others industrial and chemical applications that go beyond water depuration.
• WOW next objective is to demonstrate how WOW method could be successfully adopted on larger scale, maintaining the same high level of performances. A demonstrator module, by next few weeks, will be exploited in a privately owned nuclear waste repository for the first real application.  the technology has been showed at REMTECH 2013 in Ferrara.

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GREENITNET: A NEW BIKE-SHARING GOOD PRACTICE

GreenitlogoCities have a key role to play in addressing global challenges and implementing the Europe 2020 strategy. The objectives set cannot be achieved without the active involvement, commitment and ownership of cities. For this to happen, policy objectives, instruments and implementation have to be adapted to the realities of cities.

 

These are some of the themes discussed during the forum “CITIES: Cities of Tomorrow: Investing in Europe” that took place in Brussels on February 17-18,.

 

The Mayor of Rome, Mr. Ignazio Marino, was among the various European Union city mayors who attended the event and was accompanied by a delegation of Roma Capitale. The delegation included Professor Carlo Maria Medaglia from the Department of Mobility, which is one of Rome’s key stakeholders in the GreenITNet project .Risorselogo

 

Brussels Diplomatic is following from the start-up phase the results achieved progressively by the GreenITNet project, and has interviewed Mr. Carlo Maria Medaglia in relation to the last phase of the project regarding the implementation of good practices exchanged among the various partner cities.

 

Mr Carlo Maria Medaglia spoke of the forthcoming study tour scheduled in March in Barcelona, as part of GreenITNet,  to enable the team of Rome’s Department of Mobility to investigate on site in some specific aspects of the bike-sharing good practice, “Bicing” project of Barcelona, such as the functioning of ICT for bike sharing in order to adapt that good practice in the city of Rome shortly, being one of the next actions wished by the Mayor of Rome.

 

GREENITNET PROGRAM LAUNCH AT THE LATVIAN REPRESENTATION

Pedro Ballesteros, European Commission
Pedro Ballesteros, European Commission

At the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Latvia, the lead partner of INTERREG IVC co-financed project „GreenIT Network Europe” uniting 11 partners , among them local authorities –  Rome ( Italy), Manchester (UK), networks of businesses  like the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce (Spain), a public-private partnership consortium “Green IT Amsterdam Region” (The Netherlands), University of Lund Cluster 55 and many more –introducing the  best practice portal ( www.greenitnet.com ) on information and communication technologies to improve energy efficiency .

There are currently more than 80 best practices in data centre energy efficiency and for housing

Claudio BORDI, city of Rome
Claudio BORDI, city of Rome

and transport, and industrial facilities. The event was opened by the Deputy Permanent Representative of the Republic of Latvia to the European Union , Deputy Ambassador  Mr Juris Stalmeistars and Ms Olga Veidiņa, Riga City Councillor, Chair of the Management Board of Riga Sustainable Energy Action Plan, amongst participants were mayors, representatives of local governments , the European networks of local authorities, experts, European Commission representatives  as project partners.

Participants were introduced to the INTERREG IV C program supported project, best practice database and the transfer experience to other municipalities . It is expected that the portal will gather many the best practices of local governments, private and public – private partnerships in four areas – energy efficiency of information and communication technologies in housing and public buildings , transport, industry and energy production and distribution.

The participants
The participants

We interviewed Claudio BORDI, of Roma, one of the great players on this program:

THE GREENITNET PROGRAM

During the European Sustainable Energy Week, brusselsdiplomatic.com met Claudio Bordi from the Rome municipality in Italy to explain us the GreenItnet program.

Skärmavbild-2012-09-10-kl.-22.44.311It is a program initiated by the city of Riga (Letland), which brings together different european cities to exchange information and develop projects around good practices and green practives. This program is a huge vector of collaboration between the civil servants of local municipalities.

The main goal of the program is to explore, develop and spread industry-specific knowledge within the field of green IT (E.g. Smart grids, Mobility and virtualisation). The project´s aim is to collect good practises and policies on the essential role of energy efficient ICT used in the participating regions and to scatter the use of these to reduce the CO2 emissions in this sector

The participating cities are: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Rome, Riga, Manchester, Malta, Malmo, Catania, Czestochowa and Kranj. Also scientists, universities and private companies are part of the program.

Miguel D. DESNERCK

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