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Kick-off of the Green Solutions Awards 2020-2021

The Construction21 network launches the Green Solutions Awards during the World Green Building Week! In this 8th edition, Construction21 offers committed professionals the opportunity to present their most sustainable projects, to make...

The Energy Charter Treaty needs updating, but remains a valuable tool for the transition

Last Thursday we published this critique of the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT). Created in the 1990s, the ECT was designed to protect cross-border energy investments from political risk.   Critics now say it is being used to protect fossil...

Plastic, construction and bio-waste - too valuable to waste

Cities around Europe are piloting and implementing solutions to become more circular. Plastic, construction and bio-waste are three of the waste streams cities are seeking to reduce or reuse due to their environmental impact and socio-...

The Future of District Heating in Italy

The Italian District Heating industry has the chance to become a key enabler of the Green Deal Transition, similar to what’s happening in many European countries, after a few years of slow development, that have created the risk to confine...

POWERSKIN PLUS - Walls Energizing Buildings

PowerskinPlus project has been featured in the autumn edition of the European Energy Innovation magazine!   Read the article HERE.

Delayed and non-compliant Long-term renovation strategies undermine emissions reductions in Europe’s building sector

New report from BPIE – the Buildings Performance Institute Europe - highlights that more than half of EU Member States are six months late to submit their national Long-Term Renovation Strategies (LTRS), a key element of Europe’s...

55% climate target enabled by stronger energy savings, but more is possible

The plan confirms that improving energy efficiency by renovating buildings and clean transport is the bedrock of climate action.   A decreased energy demand will enable further emission reductions and keep energy costs low. This will help...

Heat pumps are on the rise in Europe

Few people in Norway had even heard of heat pumps at the beginning of the millennium. By 2019, some 1.4 million units had been sold in the country, figures from the European Heat Pump Association (EHPA) show.   Norway’s rapid adoption of...

Cultural-E newsletter #2

The 2nd newsletter from Cultural-E project is out!   Check the project´s first year results:   Climate and cultural differences in energy use in domestic buildings Local policies and boundary conditions for PEHs...

European Parliament backs mass buildings renovation, rooftop solar plan

The report, drafted by members of the parliamentary Committee on Industry, Research and Energy, aims to help achieve a climate-neutral building stock by 2050. The call for buildings renovation and rooftop solar energy expansion supports...

Have you ever thought about installing solar panels at home and wished someone would make the process easy for you?

ince September 2017, consumer organizations in 6 European countries have guided consumers through all the stages leading to the purchase of domestic renewable and efficient energy technologies. To facilitate the consumer journey, the...

The H2020 Results Pack on ICT driven behavioural change towards energy efficiency is now online

Buildings do not consume energy, people do. Managed by the Executive Agency for Small and Medium Enterprises (EASME), these projects have helped consumers understand their energy use at their homes or their work places, and have motivated...

352 proposals received under the last H2020 Energy Efficiency Call

For one last time, under the Energy challenge of the Horizon 2020 programme, proposers were invited to submit their ideas to accelerate the market-uptake of energy efficiency solutions across Europe.    10 topics with a total budget of €...

How to support the design of Plus Energy Buildings: survey results

Supporting designers in the early stages of designing Plus Energy Buildings is strategic to ensure load reduction while still considering the household practices and enhancing the indoor environmental quality. To achieve this target, it is...

Social impact questionnaire about Thermal Storage Systems

European Projects have always had a big impact on society. Today, EU programmes are being implemented everywhere around Europe. And their impact on businesses and communities is bigger than ever before.Please take a moment to fill in the...

How to scale heating and cooling demonstrator projects

Scaling is essential, but also very challenging. Learn more about recommendations and frameworks that will help you successfully scale your heating and cooling demonstrator projects.   As indicated by the many successful demonstrator...

Passathon - RACE FOR FUTURE

The passathon - RACE FOR FUTURE makes it possible experience sustainable buildings a new way. 350 plus energy buildings, passive houses and “klimaaktiv” gold buildings can be found in 16 regions of Austria, extra climate friendly with the...

ReUseHeat Creates A Web-Based Visualisation Tool

ReUseHeat aims to promote a cost-effective and technically viable decarbonisation of the current heating and cooling system by demonstrating modular and replicable solutions enabling the recovery and reuse of waste heat available at urban...

Energy Charter Treaty: reform will only happen when energy ministers get involved

Negotiations are underway for the reform of the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT), an international trade agreement under fire from former Energy Charter executives, members of the European Parliament, and NGOs. Created at the end of the cold...

Cities & the Renovation Wave: Impactful District-Level Approaches

Euroheat & Power recently co-hosted the webinar “Cities & the Renovation Wave: Impactful District-Level Approaches”, which was organised as part of the Celsius Initiative – a demand driven collaboration hub for efficient and...