Energy efficiency

Energy 18-10-2017

UK needs to put ‘efficiency first’ after release of Clean Growth Strategy

UK energy policy is in flux after its government last week launched its long-term Clean Growth Strategy for decarbonising the economy. Now is a good time to take stock and rethink energy policy, insist Jan Rosenow and Richard Cowart.

Energy 16-10-2017

Polish MEP under pressure on crucial EU energy saving law

An update of the EU’s Energy Efficiency Directive risks coming undone as a result of political infighting between the Polish lawmaker charged with helming the European Parliament’s revision of the legislation and much of his own political group, EURACTIV.com has learned.

Electricity 13-10-2017

France looks to solar power ‘prosumers’ to underpin energy transition

France plans to more than double its solar power capacity in the next ten years and make it easier for citizens to become energy independent, as part of its energy transition plan. But closer inspections leaves room for doubt if Paris will make good on its promises.

Energy 13-10-2017

Analyst: ‘Energy efficiency targets help, but they don’t go all the way’

When EU ministers discuss new energy savings objectives for 2030, they should also consider the actual policies needed to achieve them, because targets alone won’t deliver, says Phil Summerton.

Energy 12-10-2017

Policymakers set eyes on next wave of EU lighting laws

Almost ten years after the European Union banned incandescent light bulbs, policymakers are turning their attention to less immediate aspects of lighting – ranging from productivity gains in the workplace and classrooms to human well-being and even emotional health.

Energy 12-10-2017

Buildings law gets preliminary stamp of approval from European Parliament

MEPs on Wednesday (11 October) backed a revision of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) after a draft report managed to win broad support from across the political spectrum in a key Parliament committee.

Energy 11-10-2017

Lighting

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The European Union took a bold step when it imposed a ban on incandescent light bulbs in 2008. Almost ten years on, EURACTIV.com takes stock of progress made and sets sights on the next frontier – Human Centric Lighting.

Energy 11-10-2017

Peter Liese MEP: ‘Intelligent lighting has biggest saving potential’

The EU's ban on incandescent light bulbs was the low-hanging fruit for energy savings in lighting, believes German MEP Peter Liese. Much more can be achieved now with modern lighting technology, he told EURACTIV in an interview.

Energy 11-10-2017

Lighting for well-being

Until recently the lighting industry has focused on creating a lighting environment that facilitates the visual task, is integrated with the building architecture and fulfils requirements on sustainability and energy efficiency. However, recent research demonstrates the impact that the quantity and quality of light can have on human health and well-being. One key impact is the …

Energy 10-10-2017

Renewables loophole threatens to dilute EU buildings law objectives

An oversight in the revised text of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) risks undermining the European Commission’s promise to place "efficiency first" across all EU energy legislation ahead of a defining vote in Parliament this week.

Energy 09-10-2017

Energy performance of buildings

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Lawmakers in the European Parliament's industry committee are voting this week on the revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD). EURACTIV.com takes a closer look at the latest changes made to the bill before it clears this major political hurdle.

Energy 09-10-2017

Revision of EU buildings law offers chance for ‘multiple benefits’ wins

Renovating existing buildings and making sure new builds are fit for purpose are the crucial tenets of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), which is being voted in the European Parliament's industry committee this week. EURACTIV.com takes a closer look at the detail of the revised bill.

Electricity 05-10-2017

Sefcovic: France and EU ‘on the same wavelength’ on the energy transition

Europe’s energy transition is irreversible and France is poised to become its leader, European Commission Vice-President Maros Sefcovic said at an event in Paris on Thursday (5 October).

Electricity 04-10-2017

EU power utility boss: ‘Coal is finished, the hard question now is gas’

Apart from Poland, there are no plans to build new coal-fired power plants in Europe, says Francesco Starace. The hard question today is instead who will build a new gas power plant. “And many companies are not doing that either,” he told EURACTIV in an interview.

Energy 04-10-2017

Energy efficiency and growth, the Chinese way

For years, Beijing has pursued an energy intensity target relative to GDP, allowing China to continue growing at breakneck pace. No longer. Just like the EU, China has now put a cap on energy use by 2020. And it is more ambitious than Europe's own target, writes Fiona Hall.

Energy 29-09-2017

Power to the people: Why the Energy Union must be close to citizens

The necessary ambition of a common energy policy must be backed up by tangible projects that can be readily understood by all European citizens, writes Michel Derdevet.

Energy 26-09-2017

Stars are (almost) aligned for energy efficiency projects in Europe

Eurostat last week revised its accounting rules, allowing local authorities to stop counting as public debt the building refurbishment work they undertake as part of energy performance contracts, writes Quentin Genard.

Air Pollution 21-09-2017

EU auditors to assess anti-pollution efforts by testing Brussels air

The European Court of Auditors is to embark on a comprehensive review of the European Union’s efforts to curb air pollution, the main environmental cause of premature deaths in the EU.

Climate change 21-09-2017

EU to aim for 100% emission cuts in new ‘mid-century roadmap’

EXCLUSIVE / The European Commission is preparing an update of its low-carbon economy roadmap for 2050, acknowledging that the bloc’s current target of cutting greenhouse gas emissions at least 80% by mid-century are insufficient, EURACTIV.com has learned.

Electricity 21-09-2017

Is German climate leadership being sacrificed on the altar of coal?

The pre-election politicking currently going on in Germany should ring alarm bells among climate policy advocates, warns Julian Schwartzkopff. If Angela Merkel does not take personal ownership of securing a climate-compatible coal phase-out, she could jeopardise her legacy as “climate chancellor”, he writes.

Air Pollution 20-09-2017

Scrapping old cars and boilers: Hulot’s first measures for decarbonising France

The French minister for ecological transition and solidarity fleshes out four measures of his climate plan. EURACTIV’s partner Journal de l’Environnement reports.

Electricity 20-09-2017

Estonian presidency champions energy market digitalisation

Ahead of an informal meeting of EU energy and transport ministers in Estonia on Wednesday (20 September), politicians and industry representatives signed the Tallinn e-energy declaration, with the aim of digitising the market even further.

Climate change 19-09-2017

EU must cut emissions and adapt to climate change now, auditors urge

A wide-reaching report on the European Union’s climate action has urged Brussels to step up emissions cuts and adapt more quickly to climate change because its current efforts were not sufficient.

Climate change 18-09-2017

Trump told that Paris Agreement is ‘irreversible and non-negotiable’

The terms of the Paris Agreement are set in stone, the EU, China and Canada agreed at a summit in Montreal this weekend, while Washington was forced to deny that the US is planning to stay in the accord.

Danfoss top three priorities for a successful EPBD revision:

  • Stop wasting energy in buildings with a more effective framework for optimised heating, cooling, ventilation systems
  • Empower people and businesses to control indoor temperature and comfort in homes and offices, and meet individual needs at least cost
  • Match actual with expected energy performance by driving rollout of smart energy monitoring and automated control systems