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European Commission Official Sees $100 bln In Private Chip Investment By 2030

The European Chips Act is on track to help attract more than 100 billion euros ($108.41 billion) worth of private investment to the European semiconductor industry by 2030, a European Commission official said on Wednesday.

Thomas Skordas was speaking at a conference in Antwerp about the future of the initiative, which is Europe’s answer to similar programmes in the United States and Japan and to China’s support for its domestic computer chip makers.

The European Chips Act has led to “promises for investments of the order of 100 billion euros to expand the manufacturing capacity within the EU by 2030”, Skordas said.

The European Union Chips Act, billed as offering funding of 43 billion euros, relies heavily on individual governments with the Commission so far approving very little actual funding.

However, firms including Intel INTC.O and TSMC 2330.TW have announced plans to build plants in Germany at a cost of more than 30 billion euros this year.

Skordas, an official at the Commission’s digital unit, said the commission expects to finalise funding for R&D pilot lines in four sub-sectors of the chip industry by September, including a 2.5 billion euro grant for developing extremely advanced chips in Europe.

Skordas said unspecified funding for another pilot line to develop photonics, or chips that use light instead of electricity, is still in the works.

The Commission is also arranging funding for a European design platform to give companies, academics and startups access to the software tools needed to design their own chips. Most advanced chipmakers design chips but leave the manufacturing to specialists such as TSMC, Samsung 005930.KS or Intel.

“In July, we expect to open the call for the consortium that will be responsible for designing and developing this platform at the European level,” Skordas said.

Digital Transactions: A Green Approach To Finance In Cyprus

As Cyprus increasingly embraces digital transactions, the environmental benefits of this shift are becoming evident. A recent report highlights that digital payments significantly reduce the carbon footprint associated with traditional banking operations. By decreasing the reliance on physical branches, paper-based processes, and the transportation of cash, digital transactions are contributing to a more sustainable financial ecosystem. This transition is in line with global initiatives to combat climate change and underscores Cyprus’ commitment to promoting a cleaner, more efficient financial landscape.

Digital transactions are not only more convenient and efficient but also significantly less resource-intensive. Traditional banking often involves extensive paperwork, the use of physical infrastructure, and the transportation of money, all of which contribute to higher carbon emissions. In contrast, digital transactions streamline these processes, resulting in lower energy consumption and reduced waste.

The environmental advantages of digital transactions are complemented by their economic benefits. By lowering operational costs and enhancing transaction speed and security, digital payments provide a compelling case for broader adoption. This shift supports sustainable development goals and aligns with the global push towards greener, more resilient economies.

Furthermore, the widespread adoption of digital transactions in Cyprus is expected to drive innovation within the financial sector. With the integration of advanced technologies such as blockchain and artificial intelligence, the digital financial landscape is set to become even more efficient and secure. These innovations not only enhance user experience but also contribute to environmental sustainability by further reducing the need for physical resources.

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