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What are the keys to decarbonising Europe’s heating and cooling ?

5 factors are holding back the energy transition to a zero emissions Europe by 2050, writes Thomas Nowak.   The way we use energy in our society needs to change if we want to keep global warming well below 2°C, as stipulated at COP21 in Paris....
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EASME Energy Efficiency Data Hub

The Energy Efficiency Data Hub is a new online tool developed by the European Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME). With interactive maps, key data and statistics, this application features the energy efficiency projects co-funded...
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Is there a difference between “shall” and “should” in the EPBD?

In the Energy Performance for Buildings Directive (EPBD), “shall” is used in article 9, whereas “should” is used in article 2:   Article 9 of the EPBD states that: “Member States shall ensure that by 31 December 2020, all new buildings are...
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What are “infringement procedures” by the European Commission?

There are many BUILD UP news items referring to infringement, e.g.: http://www.buildup.eu/en/search/infringement   According to the EU treaties, the European Commission may take legal action – an infringement procedure – against an EU...
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European Energy Union: Must Do Better!

by Philipp Fink, Antoine Guillou and Robert Schachtschneider, 12 July 2017       As the EU goes through troubled times, there is a crucial need to identify core policies that affect every one of its citizens. Considering energy policy...
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Energie Label Atlas

The Energy Labels Atlas (Energie Label Atlas) puts all buildings in The Netherlands and their respective energy labels on an online interactive map. Developed by Waag Society and Touch Software Applications, for the foundation “Meer Met...
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AIE, AREA and GCP Europe Joint Position Paper on the EPBD review

On 22 June 2017, AIE, AREA and GCP Europe released the following joint position paper:       The AIE (European Association of electrical contracting companies), AREA (European association of refrigeration, air conditioning and heat...
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EEFIG Underwriting Toolkit

EEFIG Underwriting Toolkit: Value and Risk Appraisal for Energy Efficiency Financing   The EEFIG Underwriting Toolkit is designed to assist financial institutions to scale up their deployment of capital into energy efficiency. The...
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Revision of the EPBD - What could change regarding the inspection of heating and air conditioning systems?

In the European Commission's proposal for a revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, released on 30 November 2016, substantial changes are proposed as regards the inspection of heating and air conditioning systems.   The...
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New energy labels for appliances seen as boon for consumers

By Zoran Radosavljevic (EURACTIV)     The European Parliament approved on Tuesday (June 13) the introduction of new energy labels for household appliances, which MEPs and industry experts said should enable consumers to save money and...