The LIFE Programme is part of the Commission proposal for the Multiannual Financial Framework for 2014-2020, which sets out the budgetary framework and main orientations for the Europe 2020 Strategy. The Commission decided to address environment and climate action as an integral part of all the main instruments and interventions and in addition to the "mainstreaming" approach, it proposes to continue the LIFE Programme currently regulated by the LIFE+ Regulation.
Post date: 18 Jan 2012
The European legislation is aimed at achieving a significant reduction in the energy consumption of buildings, thus helping to combat global warming and strengthen the EU’s energy security. Large energy savings will also enable households to drastically reduce their bills.
The Commission considers that Italy and Spain have not adopted all the measures provided for in European legislation.Italy:
Post date: 26 Nov 2010
Post date: 12 Nov 2010
Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science and Vice- President Antonio Tajani, responsible for industry and entrepreneurship said: "As we emerge from crisis in the teeth of fierce global competition, we face an innovation emergency. If we do not transform Europe into an Innovation Union, our economies will wither on the vine while ideas and talent go to waste. Innovation is the key to building sustainable growth and fairer and greener societies.
Post date: 28 Oct 2010
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Post date: 7 Oct 2010
For televisions, which represent almost 10% of the average household's electricity bill, it will be the first time ever that manufacturers will have to declare the energy efficiency of their products, using an A to G scale. The label must be clearly shown on the TV set and in advertisements, if the prize of TV is mentioned.
Post date: 29 Sep 2010
EU Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs said: "Today 1.6 billion people worldwide have no access to electricity, most of them in sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Asia. Poor energy systems undermine growth potential in these countries from 1 to 2%. We need a reliable source of electricity to fuel development. Africa has a vast untapped renewable energy potential, ranging from hydro, to solar, wind, geothermal and biomass which could be used to ensure millions of people access to electricity.
Post date: 20 Sep 2010
Günther Oettinger, Commissioner responsible for Energy, said: "In the years to come, biofuels are the main alternative to petrol and diesel used in transport, which produces more than 20% of the greenhouse gas emissions in the European Union. We have to ensure that the biofuels used are also sustainable. Our certification scheme is the most stringent in the world and will make sure that our biofuels meet the highest environmental standards. It will have positive effects also on other regions as it covers imported biofuels."
Post date: 14 Jun 2010
Urban areas represent around 70% of the energy consumption of the EU yet the potential for sustainable energy related investments remains largely untapped. The ELENA facility aims at helping cities and regions implement viable investment projects in the areas of energy efficiency; renewable energy sources and sustainable urban transport, replicating success stories from other parts of Europe. Projects will be assessed by engineers and economists at the EIB. The technical assistance will be funded from the Intelligent Energy Europe II (IEE) programme.
Post date: 18 Dec 2009
This milestone marks ten months of exceptional growth for the Covenant of Mayors’ initiative, as the number of local authorities participating has almost trebled since the first signing ceremony in February 2009. “I welcome the commitment to local sustainable energy demonstrated by Rostock today as the 1000th signatory of the Covenant,” says Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs. “The number of communities now involved is a clear indication of the strong belief in tackling climate in a coherent way at local level.”
Post date: 9 Dec 2009