Green buildings represent a major global investment opportunity, with buildings making up the largest segment of the US$ 231 billion energy efficiency market. In the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)’s countries of operations, buildings also represent a challenge. Currently, building renovation rates and practices in these countries are far below Paris Agreement targets.
Post date: 29 Sep 2017
This report, released by the Institute of Environmental Economics-Efficient Poland Initiative (IEE-EP) focuses on investment needs among owners of single-family buildings (SFBs).
The report summarises a survey research performed in 2017 among owners of single-family Houses, and was inspired by the declaration of Polish Government that it will develop a national programme supporting thermal-modernisation of SFBs. The document provides answers to issues related to the structure of the programme to be developed.
Main findings include:
Post date: 25 Sep 2017
Energy performance contracts in the public sector offer a practical solution to make public buildings and other public infrastructures more energy efficient, as the initial investment can be covered by a private partner and repaid by guaranteed energy savings. However, frequently this type of contract simultaneously contains elements of a rental, service, lease, purchase or loan agreement, making its recording complex.
Post date: 21 Sep 2017
The Energy Union Framework Strategy includes energy efficiency as one of its five dimensions and states it is to be considered as an energy source in its own right. The ambitious Paris climate agreement also underlines the importance of energy efficiency. To realise its full potential, public funds will not suffice and private financing will have to be unlocked on a large scale.
Post date: 4 Sep 2017
The International Energy Research Centre (IERC) has been selected by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 initiative to coordinate a €2m research project on the development of new business models in energy efficiency and demand response programmes.
Post date: 30 Ago 2017
This report focuses on the main barriers to deep renovation that municipalities in Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia have to face.
The barriers are divided into six groups which correspond to the categories identified by BPIE as the main topics that should be given serious consideration to facilitate a successful planning and delivery of national renovation strategies and their renovation potential:
Post date: 18 Ago 2017
The Horizon 2020 funded project PRODESA (Energy Efficiency Project Development For South Attica) aims to assist seven major municipalities in Athens Metropolitan Area to launch showcase energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, utilising innovative financial tools and attracting private investments.
More specifically the project’s objectives include:
Post date: 15 Ago 2017
Zagreb - Energy Efficient city (ZagEE) is a 4 years project (2013-2017) developed under the Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE) programme with the overall aim to implement energy efficiency measures and renewable energy sources in buildings owned by the local public authority (City of Zagreb).
More specifically, the the project aims to:
Post date: 10 Ago 2017
A study from the German Energy Agency-Dena, based on a survey among decision makers of 20 important office building investors and 20 major renters of office areas in Germany has resulted in sustainability and energy efficiency becoming more and more important; yet the main decision criteria are still economic. The investors aim at high building values and low operation costs and high renting demand. These are the main reasons for the energy renovation of their buildings.
Post date: 8 Ago 2017
This event, which will take place on 28 September 2017 in Dublin, Ireland, aims to engage policymakers and stakeholders in an informed discussion on ways to upscale energy efficiency investments. This includes sharing best practice on how to reach out to and engage Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in thinking about energy efficiency investments and presentation of the opportunities for unlocking the potential for energy efficiency investments in Ireland and the UK.
Post date: 31 Jul 2017