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More than 40 new projects have been launched with a funding of about €96M under the Energy Efficiency Call for Proposals 2016 as part of Horizon 2020’s energy challenge for secure, clean and efficient energy for Europe.   The new projects aim at:  
Post date: 23 May 2017
Type: News

This infographic, released by the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, demonstrates the importance of improving the energy efficiency of buildings in the European Union, and provides information about concrete achievements from EU funded projects in relation to this target.   The infographic illustrates:  
Post date: 23 May 2017
Type: Publication

Smart Grid Energy Management   Smart grid is a dynamically interactive real-time infrastructure concept that encompasses the many visions of diverse energy system stakeholders. The Smart Grid is integrating the electrical and information technologies in between any point of generation and any point of consumption.
Post date: 23 May 2017
Type: Link

This position paper is based on consultation with the members of FEDARENE, the European Federation of Agencies and Regions for Energy and the Environment, and is in response to the proposals for the Energy Efficiency and Energy Performance of Buildings Directives, as set out in the ‘Energy Efficiency Directive’ released on November 30, 2016.   SUMMARY OF RECOMMENDATIONS
Post date: 22 May 2017
Type: Publication

As part of the DecarbHeat Initiative, the #DecarbHeat conference, which took place in Brussels on 11 and 12 May 2017, aimed to collect ideas from a broad audience on the next steps towards the vision of a 100% decarbonised heating and cooling sector, along four areas of consideration:  
Post date: 19 May 2017
Type: News

The report, released in the framework of the RENEW SCHOOL project, presents the design and description of the activities undertaken within 16 school projects in Austria, Belgium, Copenhagen, Italy, Poland and Slovenija.   The main objectives of these projects were:  
Post date: 18 May 2017
Type: Publication

This report, released by the European Geothermal Energy Council (EGEC) shows that over the last five years (2012-2016), the use of geothermal energy, particularly for heat, has slowly but steadily increased across Europe. In the European continent, there exist more than 100 geothermal power plants, with an installed capacity that amounted to around 2.5 GWe in 2016 (of which 1 GWe in the European Union, the others being shared between Turkey and Iceland); a major increase is expected by 2020 (rapid growth of the Turkish capacity).
Post date: 18 May 2017
Type: Publication

Since January, the BUILD UP webportal is accessible in seven languages in order to foster exchange of information among peers across Europe.   Although translation is automatically generated, we would be interested in your views on whether this feature helps you find relevant content in your language.   The survey consists of 7 succinct questions, and shall not last more than 5 minutes.  
Post date: 18 May 2017
Type: News

Opportunities and challenges for renewable energies     The proposal for a revised Directive on renewable energy from the European Commission includes a new article on district heating and cooling. This article (Article 24) also foresees the non-discriminatory access to district heating and cooling systems for renewable heating and cooling supply. Some proponents expect an important push for renewable energy from this provision. Others see severe problems due to the essential differences between electricity and district heating grids.  
Post date: 17 May 2017
Type: Event

by Heike Erhorn-Kluttig (Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics)  
Post date: 17 May 2017
Type: News