Building on its climate change mitigation policies and greenhouse gas emissions reductions over recent decades, the EU aims to become the world's first climate-neutral economy. Achieving climate neutrality will help Europe contribute to the Paris Agreement objectives of limiting global temperature increase to well below 2˚ C above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5˚ C, but will require substantial change across Europe.
Post date: 20 Nov 2019
The aim of this 4-year project is to show that it is possible to transform nearly-zero energy buildings into positive energy buildings (PEBs). This means that a building which is producing the majority of the renewable energy it uses itself, after refurbishment, will be producing more energy than it actually needs. The technologies will be tested in 4 climatic zones, EnergyVille/VITO investigates the scale-up of buildings into PEBs and is involved in the Belgian demo set up together with Cordium, the social housing company in Hasselt.
Post date: 31 Ott 2019
Solutions to Tackle Energy Poverty (STEP) is a project to develop a simple, innovative and replicable model of measures to address energy poverty.
The project covers some of the countries with the highest rates of energy poverty in Europe. These are Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia and the United Kingdom.
There are three specific objectives:
Post date: 21 Ott 2019
Historic buildings can be considered the symbol of European cities, towns and villages; entire districts are a unique proof of the European cultural heritage. Currently, about 35% of the EU's buildings are over 50 years old and almost 75% of the building stock is energy inefficient.
Post date: 4 Ott 2019
USEF was founded in 2014 by seven key players, active across the smart energy industry. It grew out of the Smart Energy Collective (SEC), a Dutch multi-partner collaboration, developing smart energy technologies and services and bringing them together into five large-scale smart energy pilot projects. This work demonstrated an urgent need for a common standard for smart energy development to ensure interconnectivity in a future integrated market.
Post date: 2 Ott 2019
The activities of the ENERJ project aim at supporting local governments in achieving energy efficiency targets in their own municipal building stock through joint actions in a multi-level governance approach. Joint actions are intended as multiple local authorities joining forces for implementing their energy retrofit goals at centralised level, optimising resources and boosting effectiveness.
Post date: 20 Set 2019
FOURTH INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION (Industry 4.0)
Digital transformation, as described by the European Commission, is characterised by a fusion of advanced technologies and the integration of physical and digital systems and their effect on buildings and energy efficiency in buildings. These concepts will be explored in the next paragraphs.
Post date: 18 Set 2019
How and where to invest in Energy Efficiency: Energy Conservation Measures
When we start an energy efficiency project, as a first step, it is recommended to carry out actions that improve the energy behaviour of users.
In general, behavioural improvements are not sufficient to achieve the savings targets that were set, and we need to implement other Energy Conservation Measures (ECMs).
Post date: 29 Ago 2019
The UK "stands no chance" of slashing greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050, nor meeting its interim carbon budgets, unless the government takes urgent action to improve the energy efficiency standards of buildings and households, a group of MPs has warned.
After carrying out an inquiry into the issue, MPs on the Committee found the rate of efficiency measures - such as insulation and low energy lighting - installed in UK homes under government schemes has plummeted by 95 per cent since 2012.
Post date: 17 Lug 2019
Many people are working on the ground to advance the Energy Transition, whether they are a part of a local or regional energy agency, a public authority, a non-profit organisation or a private company. All of these people show the same creativity, motivation, leadership and strategic vision to scale up energy efficiency and increase the use of renewable energy sources. The Roger Léron Award was established to reward their work and recognize their achievements.
Post date: 9 Lug 2019