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Energy Efficiency accelerating the shift to a decarbonised Europe

Companies call for net-zero emissions by 2050 to help transition to low-carbon economy.   Climate change is defining our era. If our behavior doesn’t change, we risk missing the moment when we can avoid the disastrous consequences of...

A new book on Building Performance Simulation and Characterisation of Adaptive Facades

This book is based upon work from COST Action TU 1403 adaptive facade network, supported by COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology). COST is a pan-European intergovernmental framework. Its mission is to enable break-through...
The unique feature of adaptive facades is their capability to adapt physical properties (i.e. thermooptical, structural, etc.) in a reversible way as a response to and/or to adjust to transient boundary conditions (either external, such as...

Research&Innovation enabling the EU's energy transition

The European Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET Plan) aims at accelerating the development and deployment of low-carbon technologies, at improving new technologies and at bringing down their costs, by coordinating national research...
The SET Plan promotes cooperation amongst EU countries, companies, research institutions and the EU itself. It has confirmed its role as a platform for knowledge exchange and for partnership creation, evolving and adapting to address low-...

Ex-post assessment of Public Private Partnership: a guide for public authorities

The purpose of this report is to help public authorities who are responsible either for implementing and monitoring Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) or for devising PPP policy to define and plan ex-ante those performance...

Fostering local fiscal policies to promote renewable energy sources at a municipal level

The LOCAL Policies for GREEN Energy initiative (LOCAL4GREEN, 2016-2019 execution period) is a project financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) within the framework of...
The aim of the LOCAL4GREEN project is to help local authorities to establish and implement innovative local fiscal policies which are geared towards promoting renewable energy sources in the public-private sector and in homes especially...

Spatial representation of low-voltage network hosting capacity for photovoltaic roof-top installations using an open-source tool

Just as solar cadastres have become the norm to assess the roof-top PV potential in the last years, assessing the hosting capacity of the low-voltage network for electrical production is on the path to becoming a necessity for an efficient...

Scalable innovative financing for smart buildings

The clean energy transition represents a key opportunity for public authorities, investors and businesses to unlock financing for Smart Buildings and address the needs of European citizens while driving the energy transition forward.  ...

The European EPC market

Within H2020 guarantEE project, 14 experienced partners will develop innovative business and financing models for performance-based ESCO (Energy Service COmpanies) projects. For rented facilities, the aim is to develop and test solutions...

Italian white certificates: the new rules

The Italian white certificates scheme (WhC) has been facing in the last years serious issues, related to the lack of certificates to cover the scheme’s target, skyrocketing market prices, frauds with simplified (standard) energy saving...

The Project ENLARGE: 31 best practices to renovate governance in Europe

ENLARGE is a two-year project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. It aims to generate and disseminate knowledge on participatory governance with focus on sustainable energy, through a process of...
ENLARGE aims to generate and disseminate knowledge on participatory governance -- with focus on sustainable energy -- through a process of dialogue and exchange involving policymakers, civil society actors and practitioners.   The report...

Aligning district energy and building energy efficiency

BPIE supported the UN Environment Programme and the City of Belgrade, as part of the Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA) Initiative under the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Initiative, by exploring the synergies between aligning...
This report supports the Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA) and the District Energy in Cities Initiative, two initiatives under Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL). While the focus is on the City of Belgrade, the aim of this report is...

Public Authorities, how to implement energy efficiency policies and stimulate investments?

PUBLENEF’s final conference was the ideal frame to take stock of the current energy efficiency policies and discuss the upcoming changes and potential enhancements. The PUBLENEF Horizon 2020 project since February 2016 has been focusing on...
Based on needs assessments and good practices analysis, the PUBLENEF partners developed policy roadmaps in 12 cities and regions from across Europe to implement energy efficiency pathways towards sustainability. In the frame of the...

European energy efficiency services markets and quality: a report from QualitEE project

This report has been developed as part of the "QualitEE – Quality Certification Frameworks for Energy Efficiency Services" project supported by the EU's Horizon 2020 programme.
Funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme, the QualitEE project aims to increase investment in energy efficiency services in the building sector within the EU and improve trust in service providers. This will be achieved...

Application of IoT and Machine Learning techniques for the assessment of thermal comfort perception

Abstract:   Thermal comfort is traditionally assessed by using the PMV index defined according to the EN ISO 7730:2005 where the user passively interacts with the surrounding environment considering a physic-based model...

Heat Pumps to decarbonize heating and cooling

Heat pump technology can deliver major economic, environmental and energy system benefits to Europe. Heat pumps use renewable energy and may be the single most efficient technology for heating and cooling, particularly when both services...

Affordable renewable energy supply for high energy efficiency in German building sector

A study commissioned by the organization Agora Energiewende and the European Climate Foundation finds that high energy efficiency in buildings is a condition for affordable renewable energy supply.
Efficiency reduces costs and risks, creates many benefits and opportunities. The study assesses how climate targets can be achieved at the lowest possible cost and what role building efficiency plays in the energy system.   The study...

Energy-efficient Buildings contractual Public-Private Partnership: 2018 Progress Monitoring Report

The document prepared by ECTP provides a critical analysis of the Energy-efficient Buildings contractual Public-Private Partnership (EeB cPPP) progress in the implementation of its multiannual roadmap, a summary of progress achieved and an...
The Energy-efficient Buildings (EeB) cPPP is a partnership between the European Commission (EC) and the private sector as represented by the private members of the EeB cPPP Partnership Board and supported by the Energy Efficient Buildings...

Play Solutions for Energy-Efficiency Deep Renovation of European Building Stock

Ninety percent of the existing building stock in Europe was built before 1990. These buildings are in urgent need for a significant improvement of energy-efficiency through renovation.   State-of-the-art renovation solutions are available...

Energy efficiency in new buildings: experiences from Denmark

A key question for energy planners is whether today’s investments in energy infrastructure should be based on traditional fossil fuels or on energy efficiency and savings and renewable energy technologies?   The traditional fossil fuel...

Private rental sector and home energy retrofit investment in Scotland

This report is an introduction to the issue of effective government policy with respect to energy efficient retrofit in the private rental secto, and to some of the evidence that relates to the topic.   It is intended to be relevant to...