Energy policies

  In April 2017, the Ministry of Environment and Energy of Greece has officially published the Regulation for the operation of Energy Efficiency Obligation Scheme (National Gazette 1242Β/11-4-2017), in accordance with the stipulations of the Energy Efficiency Directive (2012/27/EU), a development considered important for the energy efficiency sector.  
Post date: 22 May 2017
Type: News

Local water harvesting, demand reduction and wastewater treatment measures at a building scale can help manage water resources around the Mediterranean.   This study conducts a life cycle water, energy and cost analysis of rainwater and condensate water harvesting, water conservation, wastewater treatment and three combinations of these measures over 50 years, using an apartment building in Sehaileh, Lebanon. The measures’ performance is further investigated through a comprehensive sensitivity analysis that extends the applicability of findings.  
Post date: 22 May 2017
Type: Publication

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

Study Tour on June 20 - Towards NZEB: Visit Brussels Exemplary Buildings   Within the framework of the EU Sustainable Energy Week 2017 (EUSEW),  Brussels Environment invites you to visit two exemplary buildings in the Brussels-Capital Region on Tuesday 20 June.   Programme (bilingual English-French)  
Post date: 22 May 2017
Type: Event

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

REMOURBAN (REgeneration MOdel for smart URBAN transformation) is a lighthouse Horizon 2020 project whose ultimate goal is to design and validate an urban regeneration model in the cities of Nottingham (UK), Valladolid (Spain) and Tepebasi/Eskisehir (Turkey), while maximising its replication potential in two follower cities, Seraing (Belgium) and Miskolc (Hungary).  
Post date: 19 May 2017
Type: Link

Die Energietage 2017 in Berlin sind vorüber – über 300 Referent*innen und tausende Veranstaltungsteilnehmer diskutierten in 50 Einzelkongressen drei Tage lang die Energiewende in Deutschland.   Veranstaltungsmaterialien und Hintergründe finden Sie ab sofort auf der Webseite des Berliner Energietage-Managements:  
Post date: 19 May 2017
Type: News

In this two-day conference – in cooperation with the European city network EUROCITIES – The following topics will be discussed with international decision-makers, experts on city development and city administration. Europe’s cities are growing. The efficient use and supply of energy play a major role in meeting the challenges of increasing urbanization and in developing a smart and sustainable future. Therefore politics, urban planning and the economy are requested to implement smart energy strategies, instruments and financing tools in order to master the challenges lying ahead.
Post date: 18 May 2017
Type: Event

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