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Summary of the CECODHAS workshop on building refurbishment at the 2010 World Sustainable Energy Days

Refurbishments should also be cost-effective - many of CECODHAS-Housing Europe members have raised concerns about studies which maintain that investments can always be recovered in the short term through reductions in energy bills alone,...

1st European Energy Service Media Award

The EU wishes to better tap the possibilities and potentials of energy services in the future and has therefore brought to life the European Energy Service Initiative in 2009. Considering the depletion of non-renewable resources and global...

A bright future shines on the solar photovoltaic electricity market

During 2009, Germany remained the largest market, with Italy ranking second and Japan and the U.S. markets to follow. Germany most probably will remain the largest market in 2010, while new markets in particular from Southern Europe, Asia...

USA: More Stringent Appliance Standards for Home Water Heaters and Other Heating Products

The standards released on Wednesday increase the stringency of the existing minimum conservation standards for these three types of residential heating products, which account for about 18 percent of energy use in homes across the country...

Reducing energy use and small-scale electricity generation across Britain

The offering to business – CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme The CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme launched today aimed at saving public and private sector organisations around £1billion per year by 2020 through cost effective...

UK: Energy and Climate Committee presents report on fuel poverty

The Committee's report is a stocktake of performance in tackling fuel poverty and sets out areas of concern which the Committee want to see addressed in the new Parliament.  Paddy Tipping MP, Acting Chair of the Committee, said "one of the...

Energy Labelling Directive extended to energy-related products

The basis for the energy scale will remain the same, with products graded from A to G – matched by a colour scale from dark green for the most energy efficient to red for the least. All advertising including energy-related performance or...

Insulation made easy by Britain's top businesses

The ‘Insulate Today’ initiative will demonstrate this by: Working with Sainsbury’s Energy (a partnership between EDF and Sainsbury’s) to provide exclusive insulation offers to employees Investing in additional incentives to encourage...

Study on energy efficiency improvements at UK households presents final results: It’s easier to change than people think

A total of 100 households were challenged to do what they could to reduce their environmental footprint. They were selected to be nationally representative - including demographics, social groups and house types. Each household received...

Germany: Renewable energies are standing firm in the economic crisis

While electricity generation from conventional energy forms decreased in 2009, renewables remained stable - their share in electricity consumption rose further to 16.1 percent. In comparison with the previous year there was also a...

Deutschland: Erneuerbare Energien behaupten sich in der Wirtschaftskrise

Während im Jahr 2009 die Stromerzeugung aus konventionellen Energieträgern rückläufig war, zeigten sich die Erneuerbaren Energien stabil – ihr Anteil am Stromverbrauch stieg weiter auf 16,1 Prozent. Auch wurden im Vergleich zum Vorjahr...

Environmental Protection Agency issues second annual ranking of U.S. cities with the most energy efficient buildings

EPA first issued its ranking of cities with the most Energy Star labeled buildings last year. This year, Los Angeles remains in first place; the District of Columbia picks up second; Denver and Chicago move into the top five; and Lakeland...

London's energy busting Low Carbon Zones go ‘live’

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “London's 10 Low Carbon Zones are now officially 'live', championing the latest energy busting technologies, trialling innovative ways to go green and helping people save money. Not only will this have...

European Commission, EIB support EUR 1 bn investment by cities, regions in energy efficiency, renewables

European Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger said: "This is an example of how an idea presented during last year’s Covenant of Mayors Ceremony is now a reality and having an impact on the ground. ELENA is a chance for cities and regions...

Renewable energy: forecasts show EU on track to meet 20% target

EU Commissioner for Energy Günther Oettinger informs of future directions for energy efficiency and renewable policies

Read the complete keynote speech here.

Intelligent Energy Europe: The 2010 call for proposals is open

Some € 56 million will be made available, supporting up to 75% of the eligible project costs. Any public or private organisation from the EU, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Croatia can apply. Only online applications are possible....

German study on behalf of KfW bank: Energy saving potentials are not tapped in medium sized businesses because of lack of financial and human resources

Further information in German is available at: http://www.kfw.de/DE_Home/Presse/Pressearchiv/2010/20100224_34860.jsp

Studie von Prognos im Auftrag der KfW: Energieeinsparpotenziale bleiben im deutschen Mittelstand mangels Kapital und Personal ungenutzt

„Die Erschließung vorhandener Potenziale zur Energieeinsparung ist eine grundlegende Voraussetzung für die Erreichung ambitionierter energie- und klimapolitischer Ziele sowie für die internationale Wettbewerbsfähigkeit der deutschen...

Stiftung Warentest bewertet Intelligente Stromzähler

Laut Gesetz hat jeder Verbraucher seit Jahresbeginn das Recht, von seinem Stromversorger den Einbau eines intelligenten Stromzählers zu verlangen. Für Neubauten oder bei größeren Sanierungen ist der Einbau seit Januar sogar Pflicht. Doch...