The fourth report on the State of the Energy Union, adopted today, shows that the Commission has fully delivered on its vision of an Energy Union strategy guaranteeing accessible, affordable, secure, competitive and sustainable energy for all Europeans.
Europe is already a global leader in fighting climate change. European policies implemented over the last five years in all policy areas have put the EU on the right track to fully embrace the clean energy transition, seizing the economic opportunities that it offers, creating growth and jobs and a healthier environment for consumers.
Beyond modernising European energy and climate policy, the Energy Union boosts the clean energy transition of the European economy in key sectors, in line with our commitments under the Paris Agreement, while ensuring a socially fair transition. Building a resilient Energy Union with a forward-looking climate and energy policy has been one of the political priorities of the Juncker Commission. Today we take stock of the successful implementation of what was but a vision in 2014 of a unified, interconnected, secure and sustainable Energy Union. The report is accompanied by two documents showing progress made in renewable energy and energy efficiency. In parallel the Commission is also putting forward a report on the implementation of the strategic action plan on batteries and a communication for more efficient and democratic decision making in EU energy and climate policy.
Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič, in charge of the Energy Union, said: “The Energy Union is Europe at its best: tackling together the big energy security and energy transition we can’t solve within national borders. From the daunting challenge of the energy transition we made an economic opportunity for all Europeans. To do this, we had to truly transform our energy and climate policies: not just tweaks at the margins but systemic change. No Member State could have delivered on its own. Our report shows how all the Energy Union measures combine to make our policy fit for the future. Today, our framework redirects investments into future oriented technologies and solutions. We have also kick-started measures for industry such as battery manufacturing in Europe, while making sure we’re not leaving any European behind in the transition. It is now for each Member State to follow suit and rapidly integrate national measures on energy, climate, mobility and all other related areas, so Europe leads the way towards climate neutrality by mid-century.”
Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete said: “Europe has now in place the world’s most ambitious and advanced climate and energy framework. We agreed all the legislation to meet our 2030 targets, with higher targets for renewables and energy efficiency. But the Energy Union is more than rules and policies: we mobilised record levels of clean energy investments in Europe, we brokered the Paris Agreement and triggered its quick entry into force, we further integrated the European energy market, and we set a long-term vision for climate neutral Europe by 2050. But we still have a long way to go. We need to keep up the deployment of renewable energy across Europe and step up efforts to save more energy. We must embark in a process of transformation with a much greater sense of urgency than I see today. With our climate-neutral strategy by 2050, wehave sketched out how this can be done, and presented a solid analysis of why and how Europe can achieve climate neutrality; why this model can be replicated by other countries in the world; how climate neutrality, economic prosperity and social fairness can and must go together.”
The Energy Union has strengthened the internal energy market and increased the EU’s energy security by investing into new smart infrastructure (including, cross-border), providing a new state-of-the-art market design and introducing a cooperation mechanism between the Member States based on solidarity to respond to potential crises in a more effective and efficient manner.
As the Commission has recently set out in its Communication “A Clean Planet for All”, the energy transition requires a comprehensive economic and societal transformation, engaging all sectors of the economy and society to achieve the transition to climate neutrality by 2050. The Energy Union framework puts Europe on the right path to become a prosperous, modern, competitive and climate neutral economy.
The Juncker Commission has put in place a brand new legislative framework for the Energy Union. The updated legislative framework has enabled the EU to maintain its leadership in climate action by increasing its level of ambition for 2030 in a number of energy related sectors, from increased targets for renewable energy and energy efficiency, to targets on emissions from cars, vans and lorries. In addition to the new legislative framework, the Commission has put in place an enabling framework of supporting measures toensure a smooth transition for European industries, regions and cities. A number of targeted initiatives have been created to guarantee all regions and citizens benefit equally from the energy transition. One of these initiatives is the European battery alliance.
The European battery industry has been identified as a strategic value chain for the EU in the context of a strengthened industrial policy strategy. The Energy Union report is accompanied by a separate report on the implementation of the strategic action plan on batteries.
A second Communication published today calls for a strengthening of the democratic accountability of the decision-making process under the Euratom treaty. The European Commission will establish a High Level Group of Experts to assess the state of play of the Euratom Treaty with a view to considering how, on the basis of the current Treaty, its democratic accountability could be improved.
In the same communication, the Commission asks the European Parliament and the Council to reflect on how energy taxation could better contribute to the EU’s energy and climate policy objectives, and how a move to qualified majority voting (QMV) decision-making amongst Member States could help to unlock progress in this area. This strand of work builds on the Commission’s blueprint for a gradual transition to QMV decision-making in all areas of taxation, first published in January.
nCino Acquires Visible Equity to Drive Deeper Insights, Compliance and Advanced Analytics for the Financial Services Industry
nCino, the worldwide leader in cloud banking, today announced that it has acquired Visible Equity, a market-leading financial analytics and compliance software company based in Salt Lake City, Utah. This strategic acquisition leverages the unique strengths and joint synergies of each company to further drive and accelerate transformation in financial services.
Founded in 2008, Visible Equity is a software as a service (SaaS) company that provides portfolio management, analytics and compliance solutions to banks and credit unions. The combination of Visible Equity’s advanced analytics software with nCino’s best-in-class Bank Operating System brings new functionality and benefits to end users, including:
- Enhanced portfolio management with increased analytical insights across any financial institution’s portfolio, drilling down to individual deposits and loans;
- Increased confidence in overall portfolio risk assessment including probability of default and loss-given default models;
- Regulatory compliance combined with state-of-the-art analytics to manage, monitor and comply with fair lending; and
- A comprehensive ALLL/CECL solution that effectively accounts, through robust models, for loan impairment and expected loss, and instantly produces reports and disclosures.
“Visible Equity is a perfect complement to our vision, mission and company culture,” said Pierre Naudé, CEO of nCino. “From the very beginning, nCino’s mission has been to transform financial services through innovation, reputation and speed, and we believe this acquisition will further enable us to execute on that mission. We’re extremely excited to expand the nCino Bank Operating System to provide even more advanced analytics and compliance capabilities to our clients, enabling them to drive greater insights, efficiency and risk management while furthering their customer relationships.”
Tara Lathrop, Supervisor of Leadership Support and Innovative Solutions at Corning Credit Union, said, “The industry is changing at a rapid pace and digital transformation and risk management is a continuous journey and challenge. Our members and employees are constantly looking for best-in-class technology, process efficiency, data insights, and risk management tools. These are the reasons why we already partnered with nCino and Visible Equity. Both companies have always had a philosophy of being able to fully support and scale with their clients and this acquisition highlights nCino’s vision of being able to offer more to respond to changing industry and client needs. We’re very excited about this combination, particularly as we continue to grow and scale as an organization.”
“Joining the nCino team is the right move for us and a natural fit,” added Brad Hansen, President and CEO of Visible Equity. “We share with them a passion for innovation, a laser-focus on customer success and a commitment to culture. A key driver of our desire to become part of the nCino family is their industry-leading Bank Operating System and ability to support a global client base of enterprise, regional and community financial institutions. We’re excited to share our insights and experience and look forward to further transforming financial services together.”
While Visible Equity and nCino will continue to offer their products separately to the market, the two platforms will become fully integrated to provide a seamless client and cloud-based experience, as well as an unparalleled portfolio management and regulatory compliance platform.
Ideanomics Rounds Out NEVC Offerings, Updates Unit Name to New Energy Transportation Services Group (NETS)
Ideanomics Inc. (Nasdaq: IDEX) has today announced the formation of New Energy Transportation Services Group (NETS), a service company proving comprehensive and commercial solutions that include Marketing, Financial Services, Technology and Infrastructure for the New Energy Transportation Services industry with.
This newly-formed group will be domiciled in Singapore to embrace the global business ex-China, beginning with Malaysia and the other ASEAN countries. From Asean, the company plans to expand its substantial commercial offerings into other regions, including North America and Europe, to develop and support cleantech commercial vehicle markets. The NETS Group is focusing its full-service model of ‘Sales-to-Financing-to-Charging networks (S2F2C) in efforts to support the full value chain of the cleantech commercial vehicle industry. As the new energy transportation markets continue to gain momentum globally, we expect our sales from the NETS Group to grow significantly by the end of 2020 and with it the potential to spin-off what is anticipated to a highly profitable division to create additional shareholder value.
According to a recent Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) report “…commercial electric van and truck sales are set to accelerate in the 2020s,” and “By 2040, it’s expected that 56% of light commercial vehicle sales and 31% of medium commercial vehicles in China, the U.S. and Europe to be electric.”
The NETS Group is positioning to become a global leader in the sourcing, sales, and debt and equity financing of global new energy transportation solutions; to help streamline the adoption of cleantech commercial vehicles, and associated infrastructure, and to support the rapid adoption of new energy passenger vehicles, globally.
The NETS Group competitive advantage will be improved pricing through volume discount from factory to customer direct group-based purchasing, improved financing rates and availability, and will have the ability to procure a full range of vehicles from a variety of manufacturers through a single point of service in ASEAN, European, and North American markets.
“Having recently began to refer to this business unit as the NEVC Group, we took a step back and considered what additional services and solutions we needed to round out the offering,” said Alf Poor. “With the continued interest in light rail and heavy municipal vehicles, such as garbage and fire trucks, as part of our audience’s transportation planning objectives, we understood that a full-service solution would need to include light rail, and the power infrastructure required for the different forms of new energy transportation from rail to the fast-charging networks needed to support the different types of commercial vehicles required for tomorrow’s transportation needs.”
The NETS Group continues to expand and grow its new energy commercial vehicle strategic industry alliances within the new energy commercial transportation ecosystem with partners and market leaders such as JAC, Beijing Foton, Yinlong, and BYD. The NETS Group will continue to grow this alliance and add new strategic partners and market leaders, and grow its offerings, enterprise operational tools, and commercial support to fuel the fast and growing demand.
“Technologies such as Artificial Intelligence will play an increasingly import role the New Energy Transportation Services industry. Our world-class AI offerings from our subsidiary ‘Intelligenta’ will support this commercial level smart integration needed for a successful go to market strategy,” said Poor.
The NETS Group plans to leverage its full-service model with all stakeholders involved in transportation planning, from local, regional, and national governments, through to private enterprise groups supporting travel and tourism. This will help to establish a cost-efficient underwriting model that will provide a streamlined path for the adoption and transformation to cleantech from urban transportation’s current reliance on fossil fuels.
New Research Reveals SafelyYou’s AI-Enabled Fall Detection Reduces Need for Emergency Service Care in Dementia Care Facilities
Real-time fall detection using SafelyYou’s artificial intelligence-enabled video recording reduced the need for emergency services by a staggering 80% in dementia care facilities, according to research results published in the American Journal of Managed Care. The study closely examined the impact of SafelyYou’s memory care-focused technology to detect falls, videotape falls and notify care staff so that video review of the incident could occur immediately after each fall.
“According to the Alzheimer’s Association Report (2016), fall injury is the leading cause of Alzheimer dementia–related hospitalizations, with $5.3 billion in annual cost to Medicare,” said Glen Xiong, Advisory Board Member for SafelyYou. “In residential care facilities, individuals with dementia fall, on average, four times per year and twice as often as other residents. Falls often go unwitnessed. Due to uncertainty regarding the seriousness of each fall, facility staff frequently activate local emergency medical teams to examine the residents, and such visits often result in emergency department visits.”
The study, supported in part by a National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Aging Small Business Innovation Research Grant, was conducted with enrolled participants on June 1 to Aug. 31, 2018. Fall incidents and outcomes were routinely recorded for facility residents, and facility staff reviewed the falls in real time, immediately after each incident, for study participants.
Among 147 falls in the control group, 52 (35.4%) resulted in EMT visits and 36 (24.5%) resulted in ED visits. In contrast, the intervention group had 83 falls, with 13 (15.7%) and seven (8.3%) resulting in EMT and ED visits, respectively. There were relative reductions of 75% in EMT visits and 80% in ED visits.
The AI-enabled camera fall detection system coupled with staff review of fall videos led to more accurate identification of serious falls and incidents compared with less serious falls, such as when a resident intentionally moved to the ground but did not fall.
“Using emergency services less frequently leads to lowered healthcare costs and stress for everyone,” said George Netscher, CEO of SafelyYou. “Speaking with families and hearing the testimonials is really the very best part of our day.”
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