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European Green Deal call

What the call aims to do The Green Deal call will mobilise research and innovation to foster a just and sustainable societal transition aiming at ‘leaving nobody behind’. Projects are expected to deliver tangible and...

Call for Papers - 7th International Conference on Environment and Renewable Energy

Due to the Covid-19 containment measures, please check the latest status of the event at the organisers’ webpage.   The conference's new dates are 19-20.09.2020.Abstract submission deadline - 01.07.2020.   The...

[Survey] Cultural-E data visualisation survey: An easy-to-understand visualisation library for Positive Energy Buildings

Cultural-E is a EU-funded project, which aims to define modular and replicable solutions for Plus Energy Buildings, accounting for climate and cultural differences, while engaging all key players involved in the building life cycle.   Plus...

Life in lockdown has shown us our houses need to work harder for us

As we’ve been living more closely with families and house mates through COVID-19, the more intensive ways we’ve used our houses has perhaps exposed some of their shortcomings. Households have had relative freedom to interact with each...

How does your country perform in energy efficiency?

A survey has been launched in the framework of the Energy Efficiency Watch Project. The survey aims at collecting opinions from experts located in all EU Member States on the progress of energy efficiency policies in their own Member State...

Heatwaves can kill – research uncovers the homes most vulnerable to overheating

Around 19% of EU households get uncomfortably warm during the summer and in some countries, the figure is close to 50%. It isn’t simply a matter of comfort, though – overheating in homes can be fatal. In the UK, there were 892 excess...

COVID-19: What's Happening to Construction Inspections and Repairs?

COVID-19 has forced many businesses to screech to a rather sudden halt. While many retail operations have shut their doors for the time-being, some are still able to operate but are experiencing a decline in revenue.The construction...

EIB and Unión de Créditos Inmobiliarios join forces to boost energy efficiency projects in Spain and Portugal

The European Investment Bank (EIB) and Unión de Créditos Inmobiliarios (UCI) are set to finance green investments in Iberia ranging from the refurbishment of existing buildings to the construction of Nearly Zero-Energy properties.  These...

TightVent Europe newsletter issue #18 - May 2020

Interest & awareness in the field of building and ductwork airtightness continues to grow. The TightVent Airtightness Associations Committee is continuously increasing its members and broadening its scope in line with their activities...

How is your country progressing in energy efficiency?

The "Energy Efficiency Watch Survey" collects opinions from experts in all EU Member States on how they see the progress in energy efficiency in the last years in their own country.   Your opinion counts! Make it heard...

[Cerway Survey] Tertiary and residential real estate survey : State of play and prospects for Sustainable Development in the context of the COVID-19 crisis

Cerway carries out a monthly survey on the situation of the tertiary and residential real estate market during this period of health crisis as well as on the strategic priorities of Sustainable Development that the actors wish to implement...

10,000 sq km of Solar in the Sahara could provide all the world’s energy needs

A little over 10 years ago David MacKay drew attention by saying “All the world’s power could be provided by a square 100km by 100km area in the Sahara.” Furthermore, MacKay’s calculation of the full potential of the region’s Concentrated...

EIT Climate-KIC is restructuring to deliver systems transformation for climate change

EIT Climate-KIC is restructuring to provide “systems transformation as a service” for Europe to deliver on its decarbonisation and climate adaptation ambitions.   EIT Climate-KIC today announced a restructure that will see the organisation...

What is SENSEI and Pay-for-performance

Pay-for-performance (P4P) is a way to achieve significant, larger-scale energy savings in the building stock and attract additional investments and new business models. Although conceptually simple, the EU lacks so far P4P initiatives....

EUCF - FIRST CALL IS OPEN

The ground-breaking initiative, that will support municipalities (local authorities) and their groupings from the EU-27 and UK to develop investment concepts for accelerating the implementation of their energy and climate action plans,...

Foundations laid for European Quality Assurance Schemes to increase uptake of Energy Efficiency Services

The European Green Deal sets out the ambition to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050, in particular through a ‘renovation wave’. Energy Efficiency Services will play a key role in delivering this by offering turnkey packages of...

Green recovery for Denmark: a new renovation scheme for the social housing sector

On the 1st of May, Denmark's Social Democratic Prime Minister, Mette Frederiksen, made a crucial announcement that relieved many public housing companies in Denmark: a proposal to activate 30 billion DKK from the Landsbyggefonden (the...

Future of BUILD UP Skills: make your voice heard!

The Executive Agency for Small & Medium-sized enterprises is launching an on-line consultation regarding the future implementation of the BUILD UP Skills initiative.   Launched in 2011, the main objective of BUILD UP Skills is to...

EIT Climate-KIC launches Call for Proposals to support post-COVID-19 green recovery

EIT Climate-KIC’s ‘Extraordinary Post COVID-19 Regeneration Call 2020’ will select projects and programmes with the potential to restructure and regenerate our economies in the wake of the pandemic and in anticipation of future climate,...

Building renovation in France and Germany: support schemes, actors and financing

The Franco-German Office for the Energy Transition (DFBEW/OFATE) is organizing an online conference on June 30th 2020, on the following topic:   Building renovation in France and Germany: Support schemes, actors and financing     The...