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Towards net-zero emissions in the EU energy system by 2050

Insights from scenarios in line with the 2030 and 2050 ambitions of the European Green Deal
This report presents a comparison of 8 scenarios achieving more than 50% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 compared to 1990, and 16 scenarios aiming at climate neutrality by 2050, similar with the ambitions of the “European...

How HVAC systems help to reduce the airborne transmission of COVID-19

by Adil Rasool (Virkraft Engineering)
The purpose of HVAC systems is to provide and maintain environmental conditions, including proper airflow, relevant humidity, heating, and cooling in a specific area to ensure thermal comfort and indoor air quality. In the context of...

Experience and lessons learned from P4P pilots for energy efficiency: new report from H2020 SENSEI

Energy-efficient buildings have the potential to play a key role in EU energy transition. In the United States, several energy utilities have recently piloted and launched buildings Pay-for-Performance (P4P) programmes making use of...

Retrofit Social Housing – Better Homes Improve Lives

Our homes are essential for a successful society. They provide shelter and a safe space from which all of us, individually and collectively, can take part. But those homes need to be fit for purpose. They need to be ready for the...

ACE 2019 annual report and 2020 outlook

On 29 May 2020 in the framework of its digital General Assembly, the Architects’ Council of Europe (ACE) presented its 2019 Annual Report & 2020 Outlook, summarising the organisation‘s activities for the previous year and plans for the...

Advancing net zero status report 2020

The Advancing Net Zero (ANZ) Status Report 2020 highlights leadership action from GBCs and the building and construction sector towards achieving total sector decarbonisation.   We showcase action from across our Green Building Council (...

meetMED report: Energy efficiency in buildings

This meetMED report is part of the EE and RES policies and strategies work package of the project “Mitigation Enabling Energy Transition in the Mediterranean Region” (meetMED) and focuses on the ‘Energy Efficiency in Buildings’ policies...

Green Finance Institute’s Coalition for the Energy Efficiency of Buildings releases first report on scaling-up retrofit financing

The report demonstrates the urgent need to increase the pace and scale of investment into the energy efficiency and resilience of UK residential buildings and sets out a portfolio of financial solutions to catalyse take-up on a national...

Covid-19 recovery: Investment opportunities in deep renovation in Europe

BPIE – Buildings Performance Institute Europe - has carried out an analysis of the investment opportunity for Europe’s building sector, which could help mitigate the damage of the COVID-19 pandemic, and should be considered as Europe...
This analysis outlines the economic opportunity for Europe’s building sector, which could help mitigate economic damage of the COVID-19 pandemic.   The total amount to trigger a significant scaling up of the renovation rate and depth would...

Global Renewables Outlook: Energy transformation 2050

The Global Renewables Outlook shows the path to create a sustainable future energy system. This flagship report highlights climate-safe investment options until 2050, the policy framework needed for the transition and the challenges faced...

New X-tendo report shows that Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) need better data and harmonisation to catalyse the ‘renovation wave’ of the EU building stock

Energy Performance Certificate (EPCs) are one of the best available sources of information on Europe’s building stock, and if improved, can support the launch of a Renovation Wave in Europe.   The EPC is one of the EU’s main existing...

Study on energy storage – Contribution to the security of the electricity supply in Europe

Final report
This study is organised in three main parts: we begin by presenting the current state of play of storage technologies (deployment in Member States and key characteristics), then proceed to identify the need for various types of flexibility...

Joint Letter – Appropriate co-financing rate for LIFE CSA projects on sustainable energy

Representatives of cities, regions, energy agencies, cooperatives, NGOs, research institutes and Europe’s sustainable energy industry come together to call for an appropriate co-financing rate for CSA projects on sustainable energy.  ...

Regenerative technologies for the indoor environment

Inspirational guidelines for practitioners
Proper technology solution-sets can enable a regenerative indoor environment for building users and for the planet, thereby ensuring occupant wellbeing and health. Several aspects are considered for high indoor environmental quality, such...

The residential building renovation market in Germany, Italy, Lithuania and Spain

The newly published RenOnBill report provides a detailed analysis of the main data, drivers and challenges involved in the energy renovation of residential buildings in four focus countries: Germany, Italy, Lithuania and Spain. Each...

Sustainable buildings market study 2019

In Europe, 90% of our daily lives are spent indoors. We live, learn and work in buildings, and the environments within and around our buildings have a strong influence on our productivity, health and overall well-being.   Today, buildings...

Co-creation of positive energy blocks

Abstract   A main challenge in building carbon-neutral built environments is the ability to scale and replicate solutions. We examine how to develop low-carbon neighbourhoods and districts, while aiming at climate-friendly...

What makes an Efficiency Houses Plus?

Principles and examples of energy-generating buildings
With its Efficiency House Plus initiative, the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community is giving new impulses to research and development in the field of energy-efficient building. At the same time, the principles of...

The residential building renovation market in Germany, Italy, Lithuania and Spain: new analysis by the H2020 project RenOnBill

The newly published RenOnBill report provides a detailed analysis of the main data, drivers and challenges involved in the energy renovation of residential buildings in four focus countries: Germany, Italy, Lithuania and Spain. Each...

Open letter from the Covenant of Mayors – Europe Board

Accelerating the transition towards climate neutrality
As recovery packages are developed at EU and national levels, local and regional authorities are urging for a systemic change, putting Climate Action at the core of the COVID 19 Recovery.   In an Open Letter published on May 5th, members...