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EPBD recast: Agreement reached between the Council and the Parliament

By the end of 2020 EU Member States must ensure that all newly-constructed buildings have a "very high energy performance", under new rules agreed in Brussels on Monday 16  November 2009 night. And their energy needs must be covered to a...

UK Department of Energy and Climate Change signs up to 10:10 campaign

The Department’s London headquarters also published today its latest monthly energy efficiency rating for October which is a ‘D’. Compared to this time last year, DECC has reduced its use of gas by 90% and its use of electricity by 22%....

IEA's "World Energy Outlook 2009" confirms EU energy and climate policies are on the right track

The WEO 2009 sets out a timetable of actions needed to limit the long-term concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere to 450 parts per million of carbon-dioxide equivalent and to keep the global temperature rise to around 2 °...

Summary of the first District Energy Climate Summit

The obligations on municipalities and cities around the world to lower their CO2 and to increase their energy efficiency while still maintaining reliability are increasingly pressing; however, district energy is proving to be a solution to...

WWF publishes report on climate friendly national policies

A Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system in Mexico has shown that green solutions have strong potential to increase comfort and quality in life - important considerations for fast-growing, emerging economies. China's programme of targets for the...

EU database on legal issues concerning electricity generated from renewable energy sources completed

For further information go to RES-LEGAL.eu or RES-LEGAL.de. The website also contains a search function and a glossary.

European prototype tool for the evaluation of building performance

The tool includes the following features:Data handling: General features for storing time series data. Data visualization: “Intelligent” data visualisation on the basis of the minimal data set that reveals “operation patterns”. Building...

Greece has a new independent Ministry for the Environment, Energy and Climate Change

According to Ms. Birbili, a new draft law for Renewable Energy Sources has already been prepared and will be put out on public consultation in November. The new draft law focuses on: Radical reorganization of the regulatory framework...

The Danish Government takes the lead in energy saving

The circular letter states that governmental institutions are obliged to:  Reduce energy consumption by 10 % Energy consumption determined as the total annual energy consumption measured in kWh within the ministry's...

US Vice President Biden unveils report focused on expanding green jobs and energy savings for middle class families

Existing techniques and technologies in energy efficiency retrofitting can reduce energy use by up to 40 percent per home and lower total associated greenhouse gas emissions by up to 160 million metric tons annually. Retrofitting existing...

Very positive results for the French Low Energy Buildings Plan

The objectives of the plan “Bâtiment Grenelle” are: all new buildings are low consumption in 2012; all new buildings produce more energy than they consume in 2020; 400 000 dwellings are renovated each year from 2013; 800 000 social...

German online heating check for determining saving potentials

The online check will calculate for different buildings types the potential energy savings and gives advice with which measures the heating saving goal can be achieved. High energy prices are more and more demanding to the consumers....

Commissioner Piebalgs receives the first 39 Energy Action Plans under the Covenant of Mayors

The European Union (EU) is leading the global fight against climate change, and has made it a top priority. Its ambitious targets are spelt out in the EU Climate Action and Renewable Energy Package, which commits Member States to curb...

Sustainable Energy Europe Awards Competition 2010 - Procedure for candidates

The annual Awards Competition is an integral part of the Sustainable Energy Europe Campaign. It provides an invaluable opportunity to highlight the successes of the most outstanding, ambitious and innovative programmes or actions and to...

Team Germany wins Solar Decathlon 2009

The German SurPlusHouse includes photovoltaic on all walls (also on the north side as a system was chosen that can produce electricity from diffuse radiation as well) and a heat pump for heating, domestic hot water and cooling. The...

Nice and warm through the winter

Further information on the advices and on additional advices for saving energy in the household can be found in the "tenant package" of dena. The whole package can be ordered at the price of 5 Euro here.

Long-term climate and energy policy adopted in Finland

Climate protection needs to promote development that is ecologically, economically and socially sustainable. Indicators of sustainable well-being should be elaborated to complement gross domestic product data. The target of the foresight...

Innovative ventilation and high performance buildings: International experts present new findings at the 30th AIVC conference in Berlin

The conference was organised by the Air Infiltration and Ventilation Centre of the International Energy Agency together with Energie- und Umweltzentrum am Deister (E-U-Z) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics. In parallel to...

Interest free loans for Scottish householders for improving home energy efficiency

Solar energy use in outdoor swimming pools

The Impact Advisor is a basic decision tool for policy makers or investment decision makers to pursue the idea of solar pool heating. The simple excel based Impact Advisor software tool will provide the following technical capacities:   ...