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Bronze award: International Association of the Year

15 Oct 2021
All Committees

AmCham EU is pleased to announce that it has won bronze in the ‘Association Excellence Awards' category of ‘International association of the year’. Over the last year, AmCham EU and its members adjusted to the uncertainties brought by the pandemic and innovated to ensure improved productivity in a hybrid setting. The recognition reminds us that the association has not only been successful in adapting to the ‘new normal’ but has also remained a highly-valued policy partner.

G20 tax reform

G20: international tax deal shows multilateralism works

14 Oct 2021
All Committees
Tax

On Wednesday, 13 October, G20 Finance Ministers endorsed the political agreement reached last week by 136 countries to reform the international corporate tax framework. The American Chamber of Commerce to the EU (AmCham EU) generally supports the OECD Inclusive Framework deal, but urges further detailed work in order to ensure that the agreement succeeds in stabilising the international tax system and addressing challenges arising from the digitalisation of the global economy. 

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Town Hall on the Economic Recovery with Maria Teresa Fabregas Fernandez

11 Oct 2021
All Committees

On Monday, 11 October, AmCham EU hosted a Town Hall meeting on the Economic Recovery with Maria Teresa Fabregas Fernandez, Director, Recovery and Resilience Task Force, European Commission. During the meeting, we discussed the status of the EU’s recovery plan and what companies can do to help contribute to Europe’s recovery. 

Visit investing in Europe’s recovery to check out our contribution in the areas of the Green Deal, the digital landscape, healthcare, trade and the Single Market.

Cargill regenerative agriculture

Regenerative agriculture for more sustainable farming

11 Oct 2021
All Committees
Agriculture & Food
Environment

Investing in soil health systems is how agriculture can help enhance farmer livelihoods while reducing greenhouse gas emissions, conserving biodiversity, improving water quality and increasing drought resilience. In Europe, Cargill is working with Soil Capital on a project to help farmers in Belgium and France adopt regenerative agriculture practices like cover crops and reduced tillage through the use of a carbon farm management system, which helps farmers identify the best management practices to maximise the profitability of their land while minimising their greenhouse gas emissions.

Learn more at The Green Way and join the conversation on Twitter with #EUGreenWay.

New Holland’s methane-powered tractor

Towards carbon-free farming with bio-methane

11 Oct 2021
All Committees
Agriculture & Food
Environment

New Holland Agriculture, part of the CNH Industrial group, has pioneered sustainable, innovative solutions through its Clean Energy Leader strategy. One strand of its research activity has focused on using bio-methane generated from agricultural waste to power farming equipment, with the aim of achieving carbon-free agricultural operations. This led to the development of New Holland’s methane-powered tractor, an all-purpose machine that can be used for a wide range of tasks – field work, jobs around the farm yard and pulling trailers.

Learn more at The Green Way and join the conversation on Twitter with #EUGreenWay

Herbalife plant-based proteins

Plant proteins to support sustainable food systems

11 Oct 2021
All Committees
Agriculture & Food
Environment

Plant-based protein products already have several innovative applications, from sport nutrition to food for the elderly, and even in patients’ diets. Plant proteins are also a key nutritional building block in Herbalife meal replacements and protein shakes, and they can play a major role in feeding the world’s growing population in the coming decades.

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Sustainable refrigerants

Sustainable refrigerants

11 Oct 2021
All Committees
Agriculture & Food
Environment

Sustainable refrigerants such as Chemours’ Opteon™ XL and Opteon™ and Opteon™ XP can bring significant greenhouse gas emissions reductions as well as complying with the EU’s ever-more stringent environmental regulations in a wide variety of sectors covered by the EU’s Green Deal. That is because refrigerants based on HFO (Hydrofluoroolefins) have zero Ozone Depletion (ODP) potential and lower Global Warming Potential (GWP), placing them among the most environmentally sustainable refrigerants on the market.

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Associations and the ‘new normal’

7 Oct 2021
All Committees

The global pandemic has heavily impacted the way the EU bubble operates. On Tuesday, 5 October, Susan Danger, CEO, AmCham EU, took part in a hybrid event organised by EURACTIV to discuss how COVID-19 transformed the activities of Brussels-based organisations. She was joined by fellow association leaders, with whom she shared key trends and learnings from the pandemic. She also explored possibilities to strengthen the service offering of trade associations in a hybrid environment.

 

Commitment and action to deliver on the EU forest protection objective

6 Oct 2021
All Committees
Agriculture & Food
Environment

The EU Green Deal promotes halting deforestation and ecosystem degradation that result from unsustainable agricultural practices.  

Find out how Cargill is taking action in its cocoa, palm oil and soy supply chains in order to achieve the company’s commitment of 100% deforestation-and conversion-free supply chains by 2030. 

Learn more at The Green Way and join the conversation on Twitter with #EUGreenWay

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Protecting crops - and the environment

5 Oct 2021
All Committees
Agriculture & Food
Environment

We need to protect our crops from fungal diseases. Gowan is developing natural solutions that contribute to reducing the use of chemical fungicides and boosting innovation.

Read how this family-owned company supports the targets of the EU Biodiversity Strategy. 

Learn more at The Green Way and join the conversation on Twitter with #EUGreenWay

Minister Moreno and Commissioner Dalli hope for swift action on diversity and inclusion

1 Oct 2021
All Committees

The pandemic has shone a light on the importance of progressing on equality and inclusion. This was the fundamental point made during an online event centred around the plans and expectations for the upcoming French Council Presidency. The session was hosted jointly by AmCham EU and AmCham France on 28 September 2021.

Trade and Technology Council: a significant step for the transatlantic partnership

29 Sep 2021
All Committees
Transatlantic Task Force

On Wednesday, 29 September, the EU and the US formalised their cooperation on emerging trade and technology issues, following an inaugural Trade and Technology Council summit in Pittsburgh. The EU and US agreed on areas for common action and the Council’s attention must now turn to yielding swift results in order to strengthen the world’s largest trade and investment relationship. 

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After COVID-19: what is the future of the global trade network?

28 Sep 2021
All Committees

On Tuesday, 21 September, AmCham EU hosted a plenary meeting on trade and external affairs. Ahead of the 12th WTO Ministerial Conference and in the context of renewed EU-US cooperation through the Trade and Technology Council, the plenary meeting discussed the role of the EU-US relationship in the future of the WTO and the global trading system.

Trade and Technology Council: enhancing EU-US cooperation

28 Sep 2021
All Committees
Digital Economy
Trade & External Affairs

On Wednesday, 29 September, the EU and the US will meet in Pittsburgh to inaugurate the recently-announced Trade and Technology Council (TTC). The TTC will serve as a forum to cooperate on trade, economic and technology issues based on their shared values. The Council is divided into ten working groups that will strive to further enhance the world’s most prosperous trade and investment partnership, establish common international standards and address trade barriers.  

Cisco IoT and renewables

Reducing carbon footprint with IoT technology

24 Sep 2021
All Committees
Environment
Transport, Energy & Climate

The European Union wants to get at least 32% of its energy from renewable sources by 2030 and is aiming to be climate-neutral by 2050. To keep stability in the energy system, there has to be a balance between production and consumption of energy. Cisco has developed technology solutions to help utility providers collect, visualise and efficiently analyse critical data on the network and the flux of energy entering and leaving that grid. This allows for prediction on how much energy is available or consumed at a given time to keep stability in the energy system.

Learn more at The Green Way and join the conversation on Twitter with #EUGreenWay.

IBM blockchain

Enabling the energy transition with Blockchain

24 Sep 2021
All Committees
Environment
Transport, Energy & Climate

Blockchain can play a key role to speed up the integration and decarbonisation of energy markets.This is why IBM built a blockchain-based ‘Crowd Balancing Platform’ for electricity grid balancing with Equigy, a new joint venture by four major European electricity grid operators. It allows these operators to register, track and validate in a secure and immutable way, tens of thousands of small, consumer-produced energy transactions, using data from IoT devices, such as smart meters or charging points.

Learn more at The Green Way and join the conversation on Twitter with #EUGreenWay.

The birth of the hydrogen-powered society

24 Sep 2021
All Committees
Environment
Transport, Energy & Climate

Hydrogen can be used to produce low carbon fuels for domestic heating and industrial processes or combined with air in a fuel cell to produce electricity. With a rising focus in the European Union on the effective integration of renewable energy, the importance of electric vehicles and reliable, resilient energy supply, energy storage is becoming an increasingly important factor in the electricity ecosystem. Chemours, a global leader in Proton Exchange Membranes, is developing new Nafion™ solutions to meet this demand for cleaner energy to produce electricity, and to power mobility.

Learn more at The Green Way and join the conversation on Twitter with #EUGreenWay.

Antimicrobial resistance

Antimicrobial resistance: we need to act now

24 Sep 2021
All Committees
Healthcare

Antimicrobial drugs are undervalued for their revolutionary impact on human society. Their discovery in the early 20th century corresponds with a dramatic increase in global life expectancy. Thanks to the development of various classes of antimicrobial agents throughout the last century, death at the hands of bacterial infection has become significantly less of a risk. However, the emergence of drug-resistant bacteria serves to dilute the effectiveness of antimicrobial agents. Andrea Chiarello (Pfizer), Chair, Healthcare Committee shares why we need to act now on antimicrobial resistance.

US travel restrictions

US lifts restrictions on transatlantic travel

21 Sep 2021
All Committees
Transatlantic Task Force

The American Chamber of Commerce to the EU (AmCham EU) welcomes the decision by the US Administration to lift travel restrictions for vaccinated travellers from the EU and other countries as of November. This announcement is an important step for many citizens, but also for global companies that rely on travel for their operations. Transatlantic cooperation on the re-opening of our economies, including lifting restrictions in a safe and coordinated manner, is critical to a strong recovery on both sides of the Atlantic. This positive decision can also help strengthen EU-US relations overall.

Third Country Branches

Responding to the proposed changes to the supervisory regime for third-country branches

17 Sep 2021
Financial Services

Wholesale branch-based banking – both within the EU and globally – contributes to the financing of EU and non-EU-companies, thereby enhancing competition, global connectivity, market diversity and access to deep pools of capital and liquidity. In reaction to the recent European Banking Authority’s report on the treatment of incoming third-country branches (TCBs), AmCham EU calls for proportionality when harmonising the EU’s supervisory regime for third-country branches in a joint letter with the Bank Policy Institute, the Japanese Bankers Association and the Swiss Finance Council.

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