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EC Publishes NanoData Landscape Compilation Reports

On June 8, 2017, the European Commission (EC) published eight NanoData Landscape Compilation reports.  The EC states that the reports offer a snapshot of the environment for nanotechnology in different application fields:

  • NanoData Landscape Compilation: Health:  This report offers a snapshot of the status of the environment for nanotechnology in the context of health.  Analysis of that environment, trends in the data, and the effects of European policies and actions on health nanotechnology will be reported in the NanoData Health Impact Assessment and are therefore not included in this report;

  • NanoData Landscape Compilation: Manufacturing:  This report offers an overview of policies and programs for nanotechnology manufacturing in the European Union (EU), publications, patenting, research and innovation, industry, products and markets, and the wider environment;

  • NanoData Landscape Compilation: Information and Communication Technologies:  This report offers a snapshot of the environment for nanotechnology in the context of information and communication technologies (ICT).  It gives an overview of policies and programs for nanotechnology and ICT in the EU, publications, patenting, research and innovation, industry, products and markets, and the wider environment;

  • NanoData Landscape Compilation: Transport: Transport is defined here as a sector based on vehicles for transporting people and/or goods via the air, rail, road, water, and space, and is here divided into two main areas, vehicles and infrastructure.  The industry generates about five percent of European employment and seven percent of European gross domestic product (GDP).  Transport is also responsible for the emission of nearly 25 percent of greenhouse gases in the EU, however;

  • NanoData Landscape Compilation: Energy: Nanotechnology has the potential to contribute to energy sustainability by reducing consumption, improving the infrastructure for energy generation, transmission, and use, and offering new methods for energy production.  To achieve this, the field of nanotechnology and energy needs to have a solid research base; routes for new developments in energy technology to be further advanced and commercialized; and a market open to nanotechnology energy products, in the context of appropriate regulation and standards.  The European Energy Strategy is seeking to tackle that challenge through measures to improve energy efficiency, increase the share of renewable energy, and reduce greenhouse gases.  This report looks, from a research, development and deployment (market) perspective, at the role of nanotechnology in achieving those energy goals and at the overall landscape in Europe for nanotechnology and energy;

  • NanoData Landscape Compilation: Construction:  This report offers a snapshot of the status of the environment for nanotechnology in the context of construction.  The construction industry covers the building, maintaining, and repairing of buildings and infrastructures for living, working, and transport, including providing materials for those purposes.  The sector is a major consumer of raw materials, chemicals, energy and intermediate products such as electrical equipment, as well as services;

  • NanoData Landscape Compilation: Environment:  This report offers a snapshot of the status of nanotechnology in the context of the environment.  Nanotechnology is one of the emerging technologies that can help to prevent or remediate environmental degradation and improve monitoring (direct effect), or lead to reduced energy and resource consumption (indirect effect).  Introducing new substances, such as nanomaterials and nanoparticles with unknown characteristics, into the environment may have negative environmental and health effects, however.  Aspects of nanotechnology both for and in the environment are covered in this report; and

  • NanoData Landscape Compilation: Photonics:  Nanoscale effects impact on photonics, g., in the surface quality of waveguides and optical fibers.  The focus here remains as closely as possible on photonics as it relates to nanotechnology, e.g., where nanotechnology enhances photonics and vice versa.

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