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SB Alliance, World Green Building council & UNEP-SBCI sign groundbreaking Memorandum of Understanding

The Parties have agreed the following preliminary overarching themes for this MoU:Globally consistent metrics and protocols for measuring, accounting and reporting of energy use and the resulting impacts particularly with respect to...

Green homes don't translate to sales success

The housing sector currently accounts for 40% of Europe's energy needs. The lack of energy conservation in this sector is believed to be partly due to energy prices and voluntary regulatory measures. Both European research initiatives...

New publication on 'EU energy and transport in figures'

FP7 Energy Research Information Day - 2011 calls

The aim of this event is to inform multipliers and potential applicants about the content and main legal as well as procedural conditions of the above-mentioned calls. There will also be sufficient time to answer any questions and to get...

Commissioner Oettinger hails adoption of the Energy Labelling Directive by Parliament

Günther Oettinger, European Commissioner for Energy, welcomed the adoption of the Energy Labelling Directive by the European Parliament. The existing Labelling Directive introduced the energy label for household appliances such as...

Green homes, green jobs, green skills – Wales’s £30million eco facelift

The ground breaking Welsh Assembly Government energy efficiency and  job creation scheme will:Improve energy efficiency in 6,000 homes by March 2011 not only saving people money but also lowering carbon emissions in our continuing...

European legislation for built environment in CIS countries

EBRD is offering to Moldova and Kyrgyzstan very useful and needed help by establishing new regulatory framework in the building sector. It is the first time that primary and secondary legislation will be developed using experiences from...

Projekt Stromspar-Check: Hohe CO2-Einsparung und gute Vermittlungsquoten

Auch die 70 beteiligten Kommunen profitieren von dem Programm: Sie sparen für jeden Haushalt mit staatlichem Transfereinkommen 63 Euro an Wasser- und Heizkosten ein. Auch sozialpolitisch war die Maßnahme bisher ein Erfolg. Jeder fünfte...

Deutschland: Bundesweiter Heizspiegel 2010 gestartet

Der neue Bundesweite Heizspiegel zeigt: Im vergangenen Jahr haben die Haushalte in Deutschland durchschnittlich 718 Euro für das Heizen ausgegeben. Das entspricht einer Minderung um 14 Prozent gegenüber dem Vorjahr. Der Rückgang der...

European Parliament adopts EPBD recast

Buildings are responsible for 40% of energy consumption and 36% of EU CO2 emissions. Energy performance of buildings is key to achieve the EU Climate & Energy objectives, namely the reduction of a 20% of the Greenhouse gases emissions...

UK: Cutting central government emissions by 10% in 12 months

A government steering group will be established to ensure the delivery of this emissions target. The steering group will be chaired by the Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne, and comprise representatives from key departments...

German Bundestag adopts modification of solar power feed-in tariffs

These corrections were necessary as market prices dropped by around 30 per cent last year. Therefore the amendment now provides for further reductions of the feed-in tariffs in addition to the original degression rate stipulated in the EEG...

South Africa goes green for World Cup, or does it?

According to the Feasibility Study for a Carbon Neutral 2010 FIFA World Cup, offsetting the domestic carbon footprint of the 2010 World Cup could cost between €5.0 and 8.8 million, and this does not include offsetting international flights...

Edinburgh council homes investment hitting the mark

This year £30m is focused on continuing the city's progress on SHQS which includes:£11.2m invested in the Council's flagship kitchen and bathroom programme benefiting around 1,500 householders £1.3m of rewiring to make homes comply with...

IEA sees great potential for solar, providing up to a quarter of world electricity by 2050

"It is particularly appropriate to present the two solar roadmaps in Valencia today, given that Spain has taken a leading role globally in promoting solar power and other forms of renewable energy," said Mr. Tanaka. "The combination of...

Climate change: Commissioner Hedegaard invites EU business heads to round table on maintaining low-carbon leadership

"It is of the utmost importance that the EU maintain its global lead as the world shifts towards a low-carbon economy," says Commissioner Hedegaard. "This is critical for Europe's future economic growth, our competitiveness, the creation...

Decentral heating pump system tested in practice

The reduction of the heating energy is made possible through a new basic principle of the heating system allowing to distribute the heat more efficient than conventional systems. Each radiator is supplied with heat only in case of demand....

Dezentrales Pumpensystem im Praxistest

Die Ersparnis bei der Heizenergie wird durch ein neues Grundprinzip der Heizung ermöglicht, das die Wärmeverteilung effizienter als das herkömmliche System organisiert. Jeder Heizkörper wird nur bei Bedarf mit Wärme versorgt – nicht von...

Deutsch-chinesisches Kooperationsprojekt: Innovationspavillon auf dem Gelände des German Centre in Pudong/Shanghai

Der auf dem Gelände des German Centre in Shanghai errichtete Pavillon demonstriert auch den Einsatz regenerativer Energieträger wie Luft, Sonne und Erdwärme. Zur Heizung und Kühlung wird oberflächennahe Erdwärme zur Wandtemperierung und...

Expo leading the way to a greener, cleaner future

"Green, low-carbon and environmental protection are the themes of the World Expo," said Shou Ziqi, director of the commission. "The whole process of Expo designing, construction, operation and after-Expo use are all in line with the...