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Five cost-effective ways to reduce your carbon footprint at home

60225Since the pandemic struck, most people have been spending the majority of their time in the house. Those working from home have become ever more reliant on electricity for running office essentials, including computers, printers,...

RESTORE Newsletter #36

September 2020 newsletter from RESTORE project is out!   Status quo on RESTORE Final Book   Our RESTORE Editors, Andreucci, Marvuglia, Baltov & Hansen, and the Sponsor, RESTORE Grant Holder Eurac Research, have signed...

HP4ALL, a project to bring Europe to the forefront of the climatization sector

HP4ALL is led by the Limerick Institute of Technology and formed by six other partners from five different countries HP4ALL has received almost €1 million funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme  ...

Five countries to become the field of behavioural experiments to encourage energy efficiency habits

Achieving the full energy transition potential calls for a paradigm shift, and many solutions are investigated to involve as much people as possible and support them reducing their energy consumption.   This...

Leading Experts Recommend Solutions for Green Restart and Radical Transformation of Bulgarian Economy

An unprecedented coalition with the participation of leading organizations from the innovative ecosystem, scientists, and environmentalists have prepared solutions for a green restart of the Bulgarian economy.   MOVE.BG, WWF Bulgaria,...

Launch of a MOOC about building with straw : Building for change - Naturally

Six weeks of free training: time to build sustainably! MOOC Building for change - Naturally: training in straw construction    The MOOC "Building for change - Naturally" is a distance learning course written and designed by European...

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...