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Energy Efficiency: MEPs set to choose between ‘stop’ or ‘continue’, sais Coalition for Energy Savings

Alternative proposals on the Energy Efficiency Directive jeopardise European industry and citizens’ energy bills     Coalition for Energy Savings press release, 20 November 2017       An alternative set of compromise...

Helping to “empower smart solutions for better cities” - Remourban at SCIS conference, Budapest

In early October four REMOURBAN partners headed off to Budapest, Hungary, for the SCIS conference to meet with other Lighthouse and Smart Cities projects and help drive a smart and sustainable vision for Europe.    Entitled “Empowering...

10 facts you need to know about adding solar panels to your home

Did you know that our planet receives enough energy from the sun that it can power the whole world?  All the energy that the world uses every day could be replaced with solar. It is no wonder then that more and more people want to take...

“Renovations pivotal to the goal of limiting global warming”

There is still much to be done and the pace of energy renovations must be urgently stepped up, as the COP23 Building Action Symposium summit prepares to open in Bonn on November 9, says Adrian Joyce, Renovate Europe Campaign...

EeMAP: Energy Efficient Mortgages could play central role in Europe’s new sustainable finance strategy

Energy efficient mortgages could play a central role in Europe’s new strategy for sustainable finance, states a White Paper published on 26 October 2017 under the EU funded ‘Energy Efficient Mortgages Action Plan’ (EeMAP) Initiative -...

Belgium initiatives to promote Europe-wide harmonized energy efficiency standards

REHVA advocates the need for harmonised application of EPB standards across Europe, which needs active involvement of national standardisation bodies and stakeholders, to achieve a harmonized energy performance calculation framework.  ...

EuroACE and eceee applaud European Parliament’s committee vote on buildings efficiency

European NGOs and efficiency stakeholders applaud the 11 October 2017 vote of the Industry, Transport and Research (ITRE) Committee of the European Parliament in favour of stronger European building regulations. The final report...

EPBD must focus on reducing energy needs and avoid double-counting of renewables, says eceee

As the negotiations on the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) revision proceeds, the European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (eceee) has noted some worrying signs that threaten to deliver less savings,...

EU bids on standardisation to boost building energy efficiency – notes from EUSEW 2017

In June 2017, the EUSEW 2017 Policy Conference dedicated its over 60 sessions to the several facets of the Clean Energy for All European package. Among them, the session “The role of standardisation towards higher Energy Performance of...

EU bids on standardisation to boost building energy efficiency – notes form EUSEW 2017

In June 2017, the EUSEW 2017 Policy Conference dedicated its over 60 sessions to the several facets of the Clean Energy for All European package. Among them, the session “The role of standardisation towards higher Energy Performance of...

Updating 2050 roadmap for carbon-neutrality should become EU goal

EU to aim for 100% emission cuts in new ‘mid-century roadmap’   By Frédéric Simon Original source: EURACTIV     The European Commission is preparing an update of its low-carbon economy roadmap for 2050, acknowledging...

Indoor Air Pollution: Natural Ways To Improve Air Quality Indoors

When people think about pollution, what often comes to mind is the poor air quality in urban areas. While breathing in polluted air outdoors can have adverse effects on our health, the air that we breathe indoors can also impact our health...

EPB standards are important. Will they be effective?

In August 2017, after almost 7 years from the issue of mandate M/480, the EPB standards were finally published, thus becoming the national standards in force in EU Member States and in the countries within the European Free Trade...

#H2020Buildings: showcase your best practices!

The fourth week of our #H2020Buildings promotion has just come to an end!   With the Twitter hashtag #H2020Buildings, the BUILD UP team promotes European projects funded under the Horizon 2020 framework in a thematic manner.   ...

What's on heating & Cooling? #H2020Buildings campaign

We are now in the third week of the #h2020Buildings campaign on Twitter, highlighting some European funded projects related to heating and cooling; namely   Cheap GSHPs  Cool Heating  CREATE Project  Hotmaps PlanHeat  progRESsHEAT...

#H2020Buildings: showcase your best practices !

Keep in touch with your favourite projects during August !    With our Twitter hashtag #H2020Buildings, our BUILD UP team promotes European projects funded under the Horizon 2020 framework in a thematic manner.   Five weeks,...

European Energy Union: Must Do Better!

by Philipp Fink, Antoine Guillou and Robert Schachtschneider, 12 July 2017       As the EU goes through troubled times, there is a crucial need to identify core policies that affect every one of its citizens. Considering energy policy...

AIE, AREA and GCP Europe Joint Position Paper on the EPBD review

On 22 June 2017, AIE, AREA and GCP Europe released the following joint position paper:       The AIE (European Association of electrical contracting companies), AREA (European association of...

New energy labels for appliances seen as boon for consumers

By Zoran Radosavljevic (EURACTIV)     The European Parliament approved on Tuesday (June 13) the introduction of new energy labels for household appliances, which MEPs and industry experts said should enable consumers to save...

When crowdfunding is Sharia compliant

Starting at the bottom, creating a tangible project, sharing and limiting risk. This is what crowdfunding and Islamic finance is all about when they come together   Islamic finance abides by the Sharia law. It demands socially...