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Promoting the uptake of alternative energy systems

German Federal Environment Ministry sponsors climate action days at schools with 500 € and a "climate box"

UK energy system gets smart

Lord Hunt said: “A global climate deal in Copenhagen needs all countries to make the most ambitious commitments possible, but it will also require all of us to change how we lead our lives and how we generate our energy. ... Smart meters...

European Investment Bank funds for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects across South Africa

“This loan is part of the European Investment Bank’s continued strong commitment to promoting economic development across South Africa. Working closely with FirstRand Bank to increase electricity generation capacity and promote use of...

EU energy efficiency measures contribute to stabilise electricity consumption

The 'Electricity Consumption and Efficiency Trends in the European Union' report, issued on 30 November 2009 by the JRC Institute for Energy (IE), calculates the market share of energy-efficient appliances and equipment and the energy...

Energy efficiency winners of the European Aluminium in Renovation Award 2009 unveiled at the European Parliament

Residential winner: "Torenflat" in Zeist (NL), Frowijn de Roos Architecten The Torenflat (high-rise apartment block) contains 484 apartments on central corridors on 19 residential levels. One of the important objectives...

UK report says the country lacks skills to make the transition to a low-carbon economy

The Aldersgate Group is a strategic coalition of businesses, NGOs, think tanks and individuals, who believe in that high environmental standards are essential for future economic growth and competitiveness. Aldersgate Group Project Chair...

Study on energy saving user behaviour in British homes presents first results

With Copenhagen Climate Change Conference just a couple of weeks away, the environment is likely to remain a hot topic amongst the British public, says Professor Nick Buck of the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) at the...

New York: Municipal clean energy loan legislation passed Senate and Assembly

“By passing the municipal sustainable energy loan program bill during the extraordinary session, we are putting New York municipalities in a position to compete for $454 million in federal stimulus funds,” Congressman Israel said. “PACE...

Energy efficient Christmas illumination of the Champs-Elysees

A total of one million lighting points have been used to create a unique lighting scene along the 2.4 km from the Arc de Triomphe to Concorde. More than 415 trees, including for the first time the two rows of trees lining the avenue, will...

Six common indicators for Sustainable Buildings unveiled

The Sustainable Building Alliance is non-profit, non-partisan, international network of standard setting organizations, national building research centres and key property industry and construction sector stakeholders, that is intended to...

A common Carbon language for all

Just weeks ahead of COP15 in Copenhagen, this is a critical and timely step that will enable the world to realise the unparalleled, cost-effective carbon mitigation potential of buildings, which account for around 40% of the world's energy...

EPBD recast: paper documenting the agreement between Parliament and Council

German energy check for free results in every second building being retrofitted

According to this ratio the 70000 energy checks of 2009 will result in about 840 Mio Euro for investments into climate protection. A survey at bulding owners that have not participated in the energy checks resulted in considerably lower...

Construction Law in Poland amended again

The text of the Act is available in PDF format.

EU Commissioner Piebalgs welcomes political agreement on energy performance of buildings

Commissioner Andris Piebalgs said: "Energy performance of buildings is key to achieving our EU Climate & Energy objectives for 2020, namely the reduction of Greenhouse gas emissions and the achievement of a 20% of energy savings. By...

European Parliament and Council agreed on Energy Efficiency Package

“I am very pleased that the Swedish Presidency today has reached an agreement with the European Parliament on these two directives. Buildings account for 40 % of Europe’s energy use and are therefore an important piece of the puzzle to...

EPBD recast: Agreement reached between the Council and the Parliament

By the end of 2020 EU Member States must ensure that all newly-constructed buildings have a "very high energy performance", under new rules agreed in Brussels on Monday 16  November 2009 night. And their energy needs must be covered to a...

UK Department of Energy and Climate Change signs up to 10:10 campaign

The Department’s London headquarters also published today its latest monthly energy efficiency rating for October which is a ‘D’. Compared to this time last year, DECC has reduced its use of gas by 90% and its use of electricity by 22%....

IEA's "World Energy Outlook 2009" confirms EU energy and climate policies are on the right track

The WEO 2009 sets out a timetable of actions needed to limit the long-term concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere to 450 parts per million of carbon-dioxide equivalent and to keep the global temperature rise to around 2 °...