According to data recently released by the International Energy Agency (IEA), between 2013 and 2014, the world production of renewable energy grew by 2.6% representing around 1/7 of the total Primary Energy Supply (TPES) of 13,700 Mtoe.
Since 1990, the market share of renewable energy has been continuously growing at an average annual rate of 2.2%, higher than the 1.9% growth rate of TPES. Renewables are now the second largest source (22.3%) of global electricity generation (right after coal).
Post date: 8 Aug 2016
This excerpt from the Renewables Information 2016 report by the International Energy Agency (IEA) contains a summary of the most recent trends in the world and the OECD renewables market.
Post date: 8 Aug 2016
This report, released by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), looks into the global air conditioning (A/C) market characterising its current landscape and trends. It discusses direct and indirect climate impacts and potential global warming impacts from the growing global A/C usage. The document also proposes solutions (pathways related to low-global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants, energy efficiency innovations, long-term R&D initiatives, and regulatory actions) which can help achieve international goals for energy efficiency and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions.
Post date: 3 Aug 2016
Finance Solutions for New and Emerging Infrastructure Approaches to Urban Climate Mitigation and Adaptation
This study, prepared by C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, Siemens and Citi, provides insights on potential financing options for climate change programmes and projects in cities, the lead times and steps required to access different types of climate finance, as well as the lessons learned from cities around the globe.
Post date: 15 Jul 2016
Findings in this new ZEBRA2020 study show that there is still a way to go in establishing official national nZEB levels for buildings, even though most countries have recently revised existing rules, regulations and guidelines, and facilitated means enabling highly energy conservative buildings in accordance with the EPBD. Determined differences in the structure of national and regional management, attitudes and economic structures are all factors found to have both a negative and positive effect on the progress and implementation of nZEBs in the different countries.
Post date: 8 Jul 2016
Buildings as energy-hubs can strengthen the energy system. 10 principles to deliver real benefits for Europe’s citizens
Buildings could play a major role in supporting the low carbon development of other sectors, says BPIE in its latest paper. 10 principles are making the case for buildings to be at the core of a decarbonised energy system, producing, storing and supplying energy, making the energy system more flexible, resilient and efficient.
Post date: 4 Jul 2016
Buildings as energy-hubs can strengthen the energy system -
10 principles to deliver real benefits for Europe’s citizens
Post date: 29 Jun 2016
This new tool tracks the market uptake of nearly zero-energy buildings (nZEBs) in Europe. It is a Wiki-tool to dynamically assess and visualise defined criteria of the national nZEB markets and to aggregate the results on national and EU level. The tracker allows to monitor the development per criterion and country over time and to compare the participating 18 countries.
Post date: 15 Jun 2016
Post date: 15 Jan 2016
In October 2014, the European Union (EU) set ambitious climate and energy targets for 2030, confirming its global leadership on climate change. Furthermore, Europe’s unprecedented renewable energy boom, its action on energy efficiency and the economic downturn have all contributed to a drop in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. However, energy security concerns have increased. Also, although the EU climate and energy targets are in place, the legal framework to implement them is yet to be developed.
Post date: 3 Aug 2015