by Heike Erhorn-Kluttig (Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics), Francois Durier (CETIAT), Marina Laskari (NKUA)
Post date: 11 Oct 2017
The Energy Union Framework Strategy includes energy efficiency as one of its five dimensions and states it is to be considered as an energy source in its own right. The ambitious Paris climate agreement also underlines the importance of energy efficiency. To realise its full potential, public funds will not suffice and private financing will have to be unlocked on a large scale.
Post date: 4 Sep 2017
This is the final report of the UK LENDERS green mortgages project, which was set up to analytically examine the link between property energy efficiency and fuel bills, and ways in which this link could enable homes with better energy performance to be able to demonstrate lower fuel costs in a way that can be passed on as a tangible benefit to homebuyers.
Post date: 9 Aug 2017
Kommuninvest is a Swedish municipal cooperation set up in 1986 to provide cost-efficient and sustainable financing for local government investments in housing, infrastructure, schools, hospitals etc. The cooperation comprises 277 municipalities and 11 county councils/regions out of Sweden’s 310 local governments. Kommuninvest is the largest lender to the Swedish local government sector and the sixth largest credit institution in Sweden.
Post date: 26 Jun 2017
The Green Deal Finance Company (GDFC) has announced that it is relaunching the Green Deal scheme and Green Deal loans, since its funding end in July, 2015. This first announcement is a “soft launch”- the company hopes to extend finance offers across a wider number of Green Deal Providers over the coming months- ahead of the full launch to come later this year.
Post date: 26 Jun 2017
The major banks in Greece offer a series of loans for energy efficiency in buildings.
These include refurbishment works, installation of renewables and purchase of energy efficient appliances and systems.
Links to the programmes that these banks offer are found below.
Post date: 19 May 2017
Energy efficiency policy is guided by a combination of overarching energy and climate policy documents, initiatives and Council Decisions that give specific attention to energy efficiency. The European Union set itself a 20% energy savings target by 2020 when compared to the projected use of energy in 2020 – roughly equivalent to turning off 400 power stations. Most of the policies are directed towards meeting that target. At the EU summit in October 2014, EU countries agreed on a new energy efficiency target of 27% or greater by 2030.
Post date: 24 Apr 2017
Although many cities and regions have engaged in an energy transition, financing sustainable energy measures remains a great challenge. Project investment costs are high and it seems difficult to cover them using the municipal budget and traditional financing methods only. Local and regional authorities have to be resourceful and open-minded to invent and test new financing mechanisms, business models, organisational structures and partnerships to make their sustainable energy projects happen.
Post date: 27 Mar 2017
These guidebooks are good examples of learning how to develop and implement three innovative financing schemes that have been tested by 11 European cities and regions.
Although many cities and regions have engaged into the energy transition, financing sustainable energy measures remains a great challenge. Some project investment costs are high, and covering them by using only municipal budget and traditional financing mechanisms is difficult.
Post date: 1 Mar 2017
On 21 February 2017, Energy Cities announced the release of two new guidebooks aiming to provide information on how to develop and implement three innovative financing schemes that have been tested by 11 European cities and regions.
Post date: 21 Feb 2017