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[Survey] Call for experts: Help enefirst consortium identify barriers to implementation of "efficiency first" principle

Enefirst is an H2020-funded project that seeks to provide the EU with a common vision of the principle of E1st and a holistic pathway to achieving it, embedded across our energy system models, impact assessments, funding and infrastructure decisions...

Horizon 2020 project nominated for the prestigious Zukunftspreis for innovation, using CO2 as a raw material to make plastics

Dr Christoph Gürtler, Prof Walter Leitner and Dr Berit Stange have have proven that CO2 currently emitted by industries to the atmosphere could be turned into tangible and marketable materials for future products. Researchers and industry have...

Certified passivhaus school built with biosourced materials

The theme of the 2019 UP STRAW YEARBOOK is ’the straw experience to learn in’. It aims to inform and inspire you about the application of straw as a building material in schools and educational buildings. The article we highlight today...

Average home is more spacious now than ever – here’s why that’s a problem for the environment

Around the world, more people are living with more space at home than at any other time in history.   This may be surprising – cramped, dingy rooms are as familiar in Shanghai as they are in London. But on average, the space per person in...

Prefabricated straw panels in UK Schools

Prefabricated straw bale construction systems use a natural, low carbon, renewable product, providing high levels of thermal insulation. This modular approach appeals to the creative side of architects and can make life much easier for...

In focus: Renewable energy in Europe

Renewable energy will play a fundamental role in achieving the EU’s energy and climate objectives. Not only is it abundantly available within the EU, but it is also cost-competitive with fossil fuels. As such, it can help make our energy...

New rules for external power supplies will enable household energy savings

A new EU Regulation on external power supplies aimed at making a range of household appliances more energy efficient - from laptops to electric toothbrushes – enters into force as of 1 April 2020 within the context of EU ecodesign measures...

ManagEnergy Initiative: energy agencies leading the energy transition

Energy agencies have many important roles through which they can support sustainable energy investments: as facilitators, aggregators or project developers, and therefore are in a unique position to support energy investments in their...

Commission launches online public consultation to gather stakeholder views on EU 2030 climate ambition increase

As part of the European Green Deal, the Commission will put forward a comprehensive plan to increase the EU’s 2030 climate target in September this year. The plan will propose to increase the EU’s current 2030 target of at least -40%...

Plug and play for deep renovation: lessons learned on the decision-making process

The decision-making process is one of the biggest challenges for deep renovation: difficulty to reach an agreement between parts, lack of sufficient financing schemes, and no clear vision of expected results, just to mention a few issues....