environmental issues

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This study aims to identify the levers to unlock the EU Clean Industry sector. The study will feed into the European Commission’s Energy Union Research, Innovation and Competitiveness Strategy (EURICS). Clean Industries are defined as specific sectors or segments within the economy that are directly responsible for supplying technologies, products and services that have measurable environmental benefits in terms of their abilities to reduce GHG emissions and to improve both energy and resource efficiency.  
Post date: 31 Aug 2016
Type: Publication

In 2014, the need for a common European approach to assess the environmental performance of buildings throughout their lifecycle was identified and highlighted by the Communication on Resource Efficiency Opportunities in the Building Sector - COM(2014)445. In response to the need highlighted, a study to identify an EU common framework of indicators to assess the environmental performance of buildings is being carried out by the EC Joint Research Centre (JRC), during 2015-2017.
Post date: 8 Jul 2016
Type: News

On 19 May 2015, the European Commission launched the 2016 Call for proposals for LIFE Grants under both Environment and Climate Action sub-programmes. The Commission invites legal persons (entities) registered in the European Union (EU) to present their proposals.       Environment   The call will cover action grants for Traditional, Preparatory, Integrated, and Technical Assistance projects.
Post date: 9 Jun 2016
Type: News

The European Union has joined Mission Innovation, a global initiative on clean energy, at its inaugural ministerial meeting that took place in San Francisco on 1-2 June. 2016, during the 7th Clean Energy Ministerial meeting.
Post date: 6 Jun 2016
Type: News

EnginSoft hosts the last of three replication workshops aimed at disseminating DIRECTION’s achievements in nearly zero energy buildings.  
Post date: 16 Feb 2016
Type: News

A wider use of waste and an accurate evaluation of the context are crucial to improving the sustainability of one of the most important sources of renewable energy in Europe   Bioenergy represents two-thirds of the energy produced from renewable sources in Europe, though biomass sustainability is not taken for granted.  
Post date: 15 Dec 2015
Type: News

This recently published Working Paper of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), carried out by the staff of the Fiscal Affairs Department, provides a comprehensive, updated picture of energy subsidies at the global and regional levels. The issue of energy subsidy reform remains high on the international policy agenda, reflecting the need for countries to pledge carbon reductions ahead of the Paris 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference.
Post date: 12 Aug 2015
Type: Publication

This document outlines the specifications for designing an Active House, described as a building that combines energy efficiency with specific attention to the indoor climate and focusing on user’s health and well-being. The scope of this specification is residential buildings.  
Post date: 13 May 2015
Type: Publication

This document outlines the guidelines intended to be used in the early design process of an Active House which focus on the three main principles/criteria: comfort, energy and environment and the sub-criteria from the Active House Specifications.
Post date: 12 May 2015
Type: Publication