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Photovoltaic Solar Energy: big and beyond

The European Technology and Innovation Platform for Photovoltaics (ETIP PV) envisions a world with 100% renewable electricity supply where electricity is accessible to all and where electricity makes major inroads into satisfying final...

Creating an energy efficient mortgage for Europe: The supporting role of the green building sector

The report Creating an Energy Efficient Mortgage for Europe: The Supporting Role of the Green Building Sector sets out roadmap for market development with potential to transform millions of buildings across Europe.   In order to grow the...

Science-based decarbonising of the EU commercial real estate sector

The document starts with a brief section listing the key outcomes of the Carbon Risk Real Estate Monitor (H2020 CRREM project).   Sections A provides an introduction to the CRREM project and background information on ‘stranding risk’....

Technical Expert Group Report: Proposal for an EU Green Bond Standard

On 18 June 2019, the Technical Expert Group (TEG) published its Report on EU Green Bond Standard. The TEG proposes that the Commission creates a voluntary, non-legislative EU Green Bond Standard to enhance the effectiveness, transparency,...
In June 2018, the European Commission set up a Technical Expert Group on sustainable finance (TEG) to assist in four key areas of the Action Plan through the development of the following: a unified classification system for sustainable...

European Energy Transition 2030: The Big Picture

Ten Priorities for the next European Commission to meet the EU’s 2030 targets and accelerate towards 2050 This report is on the fact that in 2018, the EU has decided upon a climate and energy framework up to 2030,...

Chancen aus der EPBD für das Gebäudeenergiegesetz 2019

This policy brief, available only in German, evaluates the draft law of the German “Energy in Buildings Act” and its compatibility with the amended EPBD.
The German government published, on May 28, a legislative proposal for the long awaited “Energy in Buildings Act”. The current draft law is not in line with the latest amendments of the EPBD from 2018.   This Policy Brief “Opportunities...

Manual of mechanisms and business models for energy efficiency

This manual was conducted by BASE (Basel Agency for Sustainable Energy), as part of the project “Pilot Asia-Pacific Climate Technology Network and Finance Centre” (CTNFC). CTNFC is an initiative of UN Environment and the Asian Development...

Solutions for energy efficiency. 10 years of European Local Energy Assistance (ELENA)

&The European Local Energy Assistance (ELENA) is a successful joint initiative between the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the European Commission (Smart Finance for Smart Buildings).   It offers technical assistance for investments...

Policy paper: How to integrate indoor environmental quality within national long-term renovation strategies

Good IEQ is a cornerstone of ensuring health, comfort, wellbeing and productivity in buildings, while reducing the building stock’s climate impact is essential to the EU’s commitments under the Paris agreement.   The amended Energy...

Solution Sets and Technologies for NZEBs

The CoNZEBs team has identified potential technical solution sets that can reduce cost in the construction process for NZEBs.   The scientific partners assessed the costs related to the construction and operation phase according to the...

Warum Niedrigstenergiehäuser die richtige Wahl sind

Das EU Horizont 2020-Projekt CoNZEBs (Cost reduction of new Nearly Zero‐Energy Buildings) hat eine Broschüre für aktuelle und zukünftige Bewohner von Niedrigstenergiegebäuden entwickelt.   Sie informiert über Erfahrungen, Erwartungen und...

Why Nearly Zero Energy Buildings are the Right Choice

Brochure in 4 languages: Why Nearly Zero Energy Buildings are the Right Choice   One of the main outcomes of the CoNZEBs project is the brochure for occupants (tenants and owners of their apartment). It informs about...

Taxonomy technical report

This document sets out the results of the work to date undertaken by the Technical Expert Group (TEG) on Sustainable Finance in relation to the development of an EU classification system for environmentally sustainable economic activities...

Common report on interviews with end‐users in NZEBs

What do occupants know really know and want from NZEBs?   The CoNZEBs team has compiled and conducted a survey in four countries (Germany, Denmark, Italy and Slovenia) to learn about the opinion of end-users in multi-...

Solar Skins: An opportunity for greener cities

Solar photovoltaic (solar PV) electricity has recently become the lowest cost source of electricity in most parts of the world. Solar PV supports a socially just and acceptable energy transition and integrated applications, as well as new...

The Zero Carbon and Circular Economy Challenge in the Built Environment – Policy options for the European Union and its Member States

Getting on track to limit global temperature increase to 1.5°C, as was agreed in Paris back in 2015, would not just be good for our climate, but first and foremost for all citizens.   What changes to the European policy framework and new...

Venticool newsletter issue #14 - June 2019

A major venticool event is approaching: the 40th AIVC - 6th venticool & 8th Tight Vent joint conference:   "From energy crisis to sustainable indoor climate - 40 years of AIVC" to be held in Ghent on 15-16 October 2019.   Also, you...

The energy efficiency toolkit for energy communities

The REScoop Plus project aims to make Europe go beyond their activities of producing and supplying energy and take up energy savings for their members as a new pillar in their organisations.   In the project REScoop Plus it was first made...

European Energy Transition 2030: The Big Picture

This report is on the fact that in 2018, the EU has decided upon a climate and energy framework up to 2030, involving clean, affordable and reliable energy system in Europe.   To that end, greenhouse gas emissions are to decline by at...

Better buildings for a better future - Eurima's action plan for a sustainable building stock by 2050

Buildings are critical to our health and well-being: Most of us spend up to 90 percent of the day in the office, at school, in hospitals, shops and at home, and the way we build and use our buildings directly impacts the quality and...