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Commission outlines plan for EU financing mechanism to support new renewable energy projects

The Commission has opened a four-week public consultation for feedback on draft rules to establish a new EU financing mechanism to support renewable energy projects. The main objective of this mechanism is to enable Member States to work...

The dawn of a new decade – time is running out

Increasingly worrying climate predictions, limited carbon allowances and a rapid rise in public awareness – a lot of things have happened over the last ten years and we’ve all learnt a lot. Against this backdrop, the DGNB has evolved and...

CREATE Project: 7th Newsletter

In this edition you can watch the final video which reflects on the 4 year-long CREATE project journey and showcases the project results.  You can also get to know more about past and future events and workshops related to the project.  ...

ENDURCRETE Project: 3rd newsletter

The main goal of EnDurCrete Project is to develop a new cost-effective sustainable reinforced concrete for long lasting and added value applications. We would like to present our third newsletter of the EnDurCrete project.   In this...

SCORES Project: 3rd newsletter

We are happy to share the third edition of the SCORES newsletter. In this edition we will tell you more about the REDOX heat battery system and show you the update of the SCORES demo site. You can also find informations about wosrkshops...

When materials match pedagogy and values : Educational institution Emmanuel d’Alzon

Interview with Sébastien Girardeau (Dauphins architecture).   Having looked at your work and achievements since 2007, I noted an emphasis on biosourced projects and working in partnerships. How would you describe the agency today?   For...

THERMOSS Project: 5th Newsletter

We are happy to share the fifth newsletter of the THERMOSS Project. In this edition we will introduce you the final video of the project and demo sites. You can also learn more about events related to the THERMOSS Project.   You can...

José I. Hormaeche, voice of the “Industry’s committment towards the Sustainable Energy Future”

Mr Hormaeche, General Manager of the Basque Energy Cluster, provided Fedarene with this thought provoking interview on the role and the potential of the private sector to boost the energy transition.   José Ignacio Hormaeche has been...

We must invest today in the buildings of tomorrow

The European Union is facing a great challenge: how to quickly re-build Europe’s economy in the context of COVID-19 while ensuring to keep itself on the path to become climate neutral by 2050.   Against this background, investing in...

Slovenia: construction sector SKILLCO project

The SKILLCO Erasmus+ international construction project 2017-20 was successfully completed with 923 individuals participating in the pilot training sessions for four previously identified as missing sectoral skills in three partner...

7 Measures to prepare your buildings for reopening after COVID-19

What can we do in our buildings to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection? Are there measures beyond complete disinfection of work spaces to facilitate re-entry?    The following proposals are valid for spaces where non-clinical activity...

Follow-up call with EU Internal Market Commissioner Breton

On 20th April EBC Vice-President Philip van Nieuwenhuizen joined a follow-up call with EU Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton and other construction stakeholders to discuss about the COVID-19 impact on the construction sector. In...

Covid-19: how to take advantage of the crisis to optimize digital skills in the construction industry?

In this particular period of health epidemic linked to COVID-19, during which many construction sites are idling or even being closed, it is important to rethink the ways of organizing work in the construction sector and to think about the...

Will coronavirus have lasting labour market effects? Cedefop seeks answers

Cedefop is designing the second wave of its European skills and jobs survey (ESJS) to include questions aimed at discovering whether the coronavirus effects on the EU labour market will be permanent.   The coronavirus pandemic has had an...

|CALL FOR PAPERS| Fifth Symposium on Urban Mining and Circular Economy SUM 2020

Paper submission   The postponement of the Symposium allows us to welcome paper proposals until 31st May 2020.   Papers must address one of the conference topics and be prepared using the...

Life Cycle Assessment and straw construction

Life Cycle Assessment, or LCA, is an environmental accounting and management approach that considers all the aspects of resource use and environmental releases associated with an industrial system from cradle to grave.     Specifically, it...

Carbon neutral or climate neutral?

Carbon neutral or climate neutral? The question may seem incongruous, as the term carbon neutrality has entered the technical language used by policy-makers. For example, in August 2019, the Swiss Federal Council decided to aim for climate...

#ClimateActionNow

Any conversation about climate protection and introducing key measures likely to make a real difference quickly moves on to the topic of buildings. Our choices regarding how buildings are planned, constructed and used have a considerable...

The European Union has the tools to boost a sustainable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, say TEG experts

In a statement released today, the Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance (TEG) describes how existing EU tools (e.g. EU taxonomy, EU Green Bond Standard, Climate Transition Benchmarks) can inform a sustainable recovery from the...

Coronavirus: we're in a real-time laboratory of a more sustainable urban future

A pause has been forced on urban life. Quiet roads, empty skies, deserted high streets and parks, closed cinemas, cafés and museums – a break in the spending and work frenzy so familiar to us all. The reality of lockdown is making ghost...