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Energy storage in Europe increases by 49% in one year

New industry data has highlighted the strong growth in electrical storage in Europe over the past year. The European Energy Storage Association and consultants Delta-ee released the figures, which are pooled from the trade body’s member...

How to avoid Greenwashing as much as possible?

Today, the financial sector is making increasing use of more responsible economic and financial tools in favour of social and environmental issues. But how can we ensure that public and private actors do not use these new tools only as a...

Romania moves to not tax prosumers feeding surplus energy into grid

The Romanian parliament has adopted a law enabling prosumers with small renewable energy systems to secure self-consumption and deliver surplus energy to the grid without having to obtain any authorization or pay taxes on the energy, the...

Commission welcomes Parliament committee votes on Clean Energy Package

The European Commission welcomes today’s strong endorsement by the European Parliament of three key proposals of the Clean Energy for All Europeans package (presented by the European Commission on 30 November 2016). A joint meeting of the...

Become a mentor for the PROSPECT programme

PROSPECT aims to encourage the exchange of knowledge and experience on innovative financing schemes used to implement sustainable energy and climate plans, especially within the framework of the Covenant of Mayors. By...

URBAN GreenUP has released a NBS catalogue

The document provides a detailed description of the green urban interventions implemented by the project   URBAN GreenUP has released a Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) catalogue, which is publicly available on the project’s website...

Orienting Northern Irelands’ Businesses towards the use of Sustainable Energy

A seminar for businesses in Northern Ireland on clean energy was held in the city of Derry   The month of June hosted the European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) took place in Brussels and across Europe between 6-8th June. It’...

Hacking into the City’s Infrastructure for a Brighter Future

Disruptive ideas on Smart City Solutions were showcased in Tampere’s industrial Hackathon innovation challenge   On June 5 and 6, the City of Tampere – one of STARDUST’s Lighthouse cities – organised its first industrial Hackathon...

New Energy Performance in Buildings Directive comes into force on 9 July 2018

After the approval of the EU parliament last April, the new EPBD is now in force!   Check on BUILDUP (http://www.buildup.eu/en/news/commission-welcomes-final-vote-energy-perf...) the backbones of the future energy...

Smart Regeneration of Cities and Regions is the core of the BY&FORCITIZENS Conference

Valladolid, 20-21 September 2018   Cities belong to their citizens; comprising an economic, social and cultural asset for which all are responsible of taking care of in order to assure the future of the following generations. Considering...

CITyFiED enters into its last year

At the end of May the consortium came together in Lund, Sweden, to catch up on the latest developments, align on the status of the project and pinpoint future actions.    As the end of the project is nearing, it was high-time...

Peer-to-peer energy trading

Peer-to-peer trading is a natural opportunity in a decentralised prosumer-driven energy market, with benefits to both sellers and buyers. Besides optimising the overall energy generation potential, it offers the opportunity for sellers to...

The trees in our cities can store as much carbon as rainforests

The trees which line city streets are playing a much greater environmental role than we might expect. Researchers have found that urban forests have huge untapped potential to store carbon, equivalent to tropical rainforests. A new study...

Reduction European power generation under 1.5°C, 2°C and 3°C warming

Climate change will negatively affect power generation in European countries regardless of the level of global warming. This was concluded from an assessment of climate change impacts on wind, solar, hydro and thermoelectric power...

The General Journal of Europe launches a dossier on energy in partnership with FEDARENE

With this special dossier, the “General Journal of Europe” aims to promote regions, energy and environmental agencies, community associations and their members as well as all decision-makers. It wishes to highlight innovations, exchanges...

Social Impact Bonds and Sustainable Bonds: new financial leverage?

Green or Sustainable Finance? According to the UN, nearly 70% of the world's population will live in urban areas by 2050. As a result, spatial planning issues are closely linked to environmental, but also social and societal criteria that...

The Green Solution Award 2018: 136 candidates from 17 countries: who will you vote for?

  This is it! Construction21 closed the applications to its international contest for sustainable solutions: the Green Solutions Awards 2018. 136 participants will represent their country and try to become the champion of their category....

How to take ESG criteria into account in real estate?

2018: a year of transition for Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) applied to real estate? The integration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks into real estate investment strategies is evolving, as evidenced by the 11%...

Huge change in energy investment needed to meet climate targets

Investment in clean energy must increase by up to 50 percent in some economies to limit global temperatures to 1.5 degrees Celsius. This is one of the findings from a new scientific study on the financial requirements of the Paris climate...

‘Urgent action’ needed to boost renewable heat and transport

A new report has highlighted the continued dominance of renewable power to the detriment of other clean energy sectors, which seriously lag behind. The non-profit REN21 has released data compiled from official government sources,...