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Mainstream climate change into post-2020 funding framework, Climate-KIC urges European Commission

EIT Climate-KIC is calling on the European Commission to mainstream climate change into all policy areas covered by the EU’s next long-term budget. Responding to ongoing discussion in Brussels around the EU’s post-2020 Multi-Annual...

Tidal power comes of age with completion of unique Scottish project

The potential for the tides to generate clean, reliable electricity has taken a significant step this month with the completion of a flagship project in Scottish waters. The innovative MeyGen tidal array has recently finished construction...

Sustainable Energy Investments catalysed by EU Structural Funds

The added value of European Union’s financial programmes is made tangible through local and regional initiatives. Local and regional initiatives show the cohesion policy is both a catalyst for investment and a means for beneficiaries to...

Insight into Construction in Portugal by the European Construction Sector Observatory

The Portuguese construction sector was hit very hard by the economic crisis. The unstable macroeconomic situation was accompanied by a 19.1% decrease in the number of companies in the broad construction sector between 2010 and 2013, with...

Titania Building: Zero Energy Consumption

“The Green Solutions Awards are an excellent platform for publicising our project and constructive experience,” says architect Daniel Diedrich The project Titania Building: Zero Energy Consumption by DMDV Arquitectos study, participated in...

Sweden opens ‘globally unique’ electrified road

Sweden has unveiled a new stretch of road which allows, for the first time, cars and trucks to charge their batteries while driving. 1.2 miles (2km) of electric rail has been installed between an airport cargo terminal and a logistics...

Insight into Construction in Latvia by the European Construction Sector Observatory

The economic crisis caused significant falls in productivity in building construction (-61.8%) and civil engineering (-36.6%) between 2008 and 2010. Productivity is recovering, although figures for 2015 show that building construction (-31...

Protecting health by improved building efficiency

A revised EU directive to fight energy poverty and pulmonary diseases due to unhealthy buildings should be approved this month Home sweet home. Houses are supposed to be our nest, a shelter from the world outside. But how healthy are...

Turning Circular Cities into a reality

Practical approaches and latest solutions on circular cities were discussed in the conference on Circular Cities: Promoting Innovation in Urban Systems. Around 120 experts from academia, industry and financial and research institutions...

Energy vigilant citizens

People are increasingly testing smart control systems to curb energy use, while maximising the amount of renewables employed in the process  When temperatures are low, the temptation to take long, scalding showers and turn electric heaters...

BSolutions, Sustainable Construction Grand Prize 2017, the BSolutions project designed to demonstrate the know-how NZEB (Nearly Zero Energy Building)

Cédric Anbergen, laureate of the 2017 Sustainable Grand Prize (Green Solutions Awards), talks about the BSolutions project presented at the competition. An exemplary achievement designed to demonstrate the expertise NZEB (Nearly Zero...

Energy “vigilant” citizens

People are increasingly testing smart control systems to curb energy use, while maximising the amount of renewables employed in the process   When temperatures are low, the temptation to take long, scalding showers and...

Global solar installations smash fossil fuels over the past year

Solar power took another step towards global domination last year with a record 98 gigawatts (GW) of new capacity coming online. This astonishing figure was more than the amount of new coal, gas and nuclear plants put together. Net fossil...

Portugal runs on renewable power for the whole of March

Portugal has produced so much renewable electricity that it has outstripped the entire country’s consumption for the month of March. The national grid operator, REN, has announced that renewables generated 4,812 gigawatt hours (GWh) over...

How can the circular approach save our cities?

The state of the art findings on circular cities and their implementation at an urban level were highlighted in the conference on Circular Cities: Promoting Innovation in Urban Systems. On March 12, a one-day conference took place at the...

Future heat waves, droughts, and floods in major European cities

A team of Newcastle University researchers have released a study that assesses the future changes in flood, heatwaves, and drought impacts for 571 European cities, finding that heatwave days will increase across all cities. Additionally, ...

BuildHeat entering in its demonstration phase

BuildHeat is quickly leaving its research phase by moving towards the validation and the demonstration phase of the solution packages developed for the three project demo sites. This step was marked in Madrid at the end of February 2018....

European Renovation Hub: The STUNNING Project invites you to share your renovation insights!

The recently started EU-funded project STUNNING has the goal to promote successful and innovative renovation packages and business models around a European Renovation Hub. This virtual and interactive knowledge sharing platform for...

Roger Léron Award 2018 – 4th edition

The Roger Léron Award aims to acknowledge the determination of an an individual and their impressive contributions to sustainable energy at the regional and / or local level in Europe. Indeed, regional and local levels of governance play a...

Household air pollution: the forgotten hazard

The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimated that each year 4.3 million people die of exposure to household pollutants. Buildings with a safe indoor environment can reduce healthcare costs As air pollution is largely considered to be an...