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District renovation project in Genoa meets energy saving expectations

The “washing machines” district smartens up to halve energy consumption   A peripheral district in Genoa, Italy, has become a smart city lab. The project has improved apartment conditions, reduced waste and lowered the...

First North American Climate Summit: accepting responsibilities with world view

Barack Obama applauds US cities and states at the first North American Climate Summit   During the launch of the first-ever North American Climate Summit, former President Barack Obama endorsed America’s Pledge and the...

How to Use More of Solar Energy at Home without Compromising Aesthetics

An increasing number of people are becoming environmentally conscious, resulting in a record breaking growth of the solar energy production. The global solar output has more than trebled in last four years. Solar power generation enjoyed...

EU Clean energy package: more chance for “energy citizens”?

The European Commission stresses the importance of a major “energy democracy” to boost renewables. A process that could also pave the way for alternative finance such as crowdfunding.   The next few weeks are going to be crucial for the...

International VELUX Award 2018 call for daylight projects

Every second year since 2004, the VELUX Group has invited students of architecture to participate in the International VELUX Award. The award seeks to challenge the students to explore the role of daylight in architecture and inspire new...

Commission calls on GREECE and MALTA to correctly implement EU rules on energy performance of buildings

  On 7 December 2017, in the context of its December infringements package, the European Commission announced that it  has send letters of formal notice requesting Greece and Malta to ensure the correct...

Winner of 2017 Roger Léron Award announced!

The 3rd edition of the Roger Léron Award is over: the winner is known!   The 3rd edition of the Roger Léron Award has come to an end. The name of the winner, Ljubomir Majdandzic, was revealed on the...

Energy in the smart city: 5 leading operators integrate the innovations of InnoEnergy supported start-ups

"The start-ups we support are now selling their solutions!"This is the message that InnoEnergy, the innovation engine for sustainable energy in Europe, wants to convey. Its accelerator supports 180 energy start-ups across Europe, including...

Social impact of green crowdfunding

Researchers have measured the effectiveness of crowdfunding for renewable energy projects in terms of human and environmental wellbeing   There is growing interest in crowdfunding as an alternative way to support projects focused on...

Accelerating sustainable urban renovation: a pathway for success

CITyFiED Methodology is an integrated approach divided into seven phases, ranging from initial citywide diagnosis to final evaluation of the renovation. It includes an indicators tool and guidelines to support decision-making process...

Lighthouse Projects lead the way to a smarter Europe at Smart City EXPO

Twelve smart city projects covering almost 60 cities across Europe came together at the 7th Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC) in Barcelona from 14-16 November - the biggest edition to date –to show how cities are leading the way in...

The new Lighthouse Project MAtchUP kicks-off in Valencia

  Three new Lighthouse cities and Four Follower cities enriching the European smart city landscape     Twenty-eight partners from eight different countries gathered together in Valencia to kick-off MAtchUP, a smart...

Deutschland: Öffnung der Programme für qualifizierte Gebäudeenergieberater aus allen Branchen

Die Energieberatung des Bundes für Wohneigentümer („Energieberatung für Wohngebäude“) und für mittelständische Unternehmen („Energieberatung Mittelstand“) wird ausgeweitet. Für Verbraucher steht künftig ein größerer Kreis an qualifizierten...

Green light from Brussels for landlord-to-tenant electricity supply

Germany’s funding programme for landlord-to-tenant electricity supply obtained approval under state aid rules from the European Commission. This means that funding can be granted under this programme which has already been approved by the...

Pushing Forward Living Places - Alliance HQE-GBC Congress

During 3 days, 11 conferences on the environmental, social and digital transition, the HQE awards ceremony and other events are the opportunity for building professionals to meet, exchange and share best practices.   TUESDAY December 12th...

Half of energy consumed in Central Finland is renewable

Local production of energy plays an important role. The energy production and consumption data in Central Finland shows that half of the energy consumed in the region is renewable. Altogether, renewable energy corresponds to 50% of total...

Solar capacity in developing nations more than doubled in 2016

According to the latest review from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), new solar capacity is growing at an unprecedented rate due to decreased costs and innovative applications that facilitate energy access for millions. BNEF has...

ECTP and the Polish Regions sign a Letter of intent to develop energetically positive, sustainable and citizens-friendly cities

  In the context of the European Bioeconomy Congress 2017, which took place on 20-21 November in Lodz, Poland, a Letter of Intent was signed between the Polish Regions Lubelskie, Lodzkie, Małopolskie, Opolskie, Pomorskie, Świętokrzyskie...

The European ALiance for Deep RENovation in buildings kicks off!

The Centre Scientifique et Technique du Batiment (CSTB) is coordinating ALDREN, a H2020 new European project bringing together 8 partners around the European Common Voluntary Certification Scheme as backbone along the whole deep renovation...

Household energy prices in the EU down compared with 2016

Energy prices in 2017 - Household energy prices in the EU down compared with 2016 - -0.5% for electricity and -6.3% for gas     Brussels, 29 November 2017 In the European Union (EU), household electricity...