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WorldGBC and global leaders call for historic Built Environment Day at COP26

The World Green Building Council joins nine international organisations to sign a letter to COP26 President, Alok Sharma, requesting a Built Environment Day at the climate summit in November 2021.   The day at COP26 would be dedicated to...

Gérard Dellinger is the winner of the 2020 Roger Leron Award

TOn 26th November 2020, in normal times, FEDARENE members, Roger Leron Award finalists and stakeholders of the sustainable energy field would have gathered in Brussels for the annual Roger Leron Award Ceremony.   But the extraordinary...

Bulgaria to use EUR 1.5 billion from EU recovery fund for energy efficiency

TIn the draft Recovery and Resilience Plan of Bulgaria, EUR 882.2 million is indicated for incentives for energy refurbishment of residential buildings. The entire energy efficiency segment will be worth EUR 1.53 billion, according to...

How ‘Net-Zero’ and ‘Passive’ Houses Can Cut Carbon Emissions — And Energy Bills

“Net-Zero” and “Passive House” are certification labels for ultra-low energy buildings that use very little energy to heat and cool them.   Although the origins of the passive house date back to the 1970s, its popularity only began to...

Milestone for first ever Passivhaus school in Powys

The construction firm has completed the main works to the Welshpool Church in Wales Primary School that meets the rigorous energy efficiency standards required for Passivhaus certification.   Constructed around a timber frame that was...

EU needs mandatory targets and means to save energy

In its recent communication on the European Union climate target for 2030, the EU Commission described energy efficiency legislation and policies as essential instruments contributing to the achievement of the new 2030 greenhouse gas...

15 positions open for early-stage researchers - MSCA-ITN "RE-DWELL. Delivering affordable and sustainable housing in Europe"

  RE-DWELL (Here) will train a new generation of professionals with the transdisciplinary skills to address the urgent need of affordable and sustainable housing, a major challenge for European societies.   Applications for 15 early-stage...

Public consultations launched on reviewing the EU directives on energy efficiency and renewable energy

The Commission has launched 2 public consultations today on the revision of the Renewable Energy Directive and the Energy Efficiency Directive.   The objective of these 12 week consultations is to seek a wide range of views on to what...

City partnerships - call for application

The Efficient Buildings Community is supporting six city partnerships: municipalities from the South-Eastern shore of the Mediterranean sea will have the opportunity to connect with peers from the Northern sharing the challenges of energy...

Solar-heated multi-family buildings gain popularity in Germany

Many new largely solar-heated houses in Germany are multi-family buildings, and their number is growing, according to Sonnenhaus-Institut (Solar House Institute), an alliance of about 300 architects, planners, building companies and system...

How to cut carbon out of your heating

When it comes to heating, retiree Lucy Craig’s bungalow in north London is high tech. A self-professed gadget lover, when she refurbished eight years ago, she was keen to find the most carbon friendly methods for keeping her home warm. She...

How can we balance urbanisation with protecting the environment and quality of life?

By 2050 around 80% of the world's population will be living in urban areas. Currently, they occupy 3% of the Earth's surface but produce around 72% of greenhouse gases.   Growing urbanization along with climate change will have a serious...

RESTORE Newsletter #38

November newsletter of project RESTORE is out!   RESTORE Online Final Conference as ZOOM Webinar: will take place on 3rd December with two keynote speeches by Joey Pringle on "Regenerative Sustainability" and Emmanuel...

Future of the Covenant of Mayors in Europe

Find out what are the results of the survey done during the summer 2020 for the collection of the views on the future of the Covenant of Mayors initiative in Europe with the participation of local and regional authorities.   Our office...

Climathon 2020: Citizens across the globe are eager to contribute to a post-COVID sustainable recovery

Over 4,500 citizens from around the world will join forces and take action this week-end as part of EIT Climate-KIC’s Climathon 2020.   The programme unites policymakers, entrepreneurs, youth, business leaders, hackers, academics, students...

TightVent Europe newsletter issue #19 - November 2020

We hope this newsletter finds you healthy and well during these unprecedented times.    Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, TightVent continues to operate and adjust its communication, networking and awareness raising activities in the field of...

Madrid, Amsterdam and Milan: Three cities putting citizen participation at the heart of climate action

The Extinction Rebellion or Fridays for Future global actions have shown that citizens around the world want to have a say in climate decisions.   For EIT Climate-KIC, it is of paramount importance to create the links between decision-...

EIT Climate-KIC selected to become a member of the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform

EIT Climate-KIC circular economy expert, Cliona Howie, will join 23 other experts at the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform Coordination Group and represent EIT Climate-KIC and the Circular Economy Cross-KIC Initiative.   The...

[D2GRIDS] #5 - The D2GRIDS project newsletter

At a time when our cities are facing many challenges, paving the way towards sustainable solutions to make our cities more resilient and liveable is essential.   As a low-carbon, smart and circular energy grid, 5th generation district...

World Green Building Council highlights innovation in the sustainable building sector with Building A Better Future series

Produced by BBC StoryWorks, the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) films explore how sustainable buildings can address climate, health & wellbeing and resource efficiency issues.    11 November 2020, London, UK — World Green...