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25/08/2016

Commission warmly welcomes benefits of industrial insulation

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Sustainable Dev. 01-08-2016

EU climate rules a missed opportunity to drive energy efficient building renovation

The EU must focus its legislation on policies that have the most potential to bring change. Unfortunately, its new Effort Sharing Regulation to cut greenhouse gas emissions missed an opportunity to drive energy efficient building renovation, which has huge potentital to cut CO2, writes Shradha Abt.

Member states offered EU climate target flexibility in bid to cut emissions

EU member states will be able to bank annual emissions savings from sectors such as agriculture and transport, and use them in later years to meet their climate targets, under EU legislation set to be put forward on Wednesday (20 July).
Energy 18-07-2016

There's silver lining in Brexit for the EU's climate and energy plans

A lot of good can come out of the Brexit vote if the European Commission makes it 100% clear that continued action on climate change and energy savings are crucial issues which transcend politics and pro or anti-EU sentiment, writes Brook Riley.
Energy 05-07-2016

Renewable energy: A simple strategy to regain global leadership

The EU is no longer leading the global energy transition. To reclaim this position, it must stop prioritising fossil fuels and nuclear, increase energy efficiency and keep fossil fuels in the ground, argues Christine Lins.
Energy 04-07-2016

Experts: Buildings should shield against climate change

Stakeholders want the European Commission to push for indoor climate quality requirements in the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) revision. Buildings may also help with adaptation towards climate change, experts say.

UN boss: Brexit would mean rewriting Paris Agreement on climate change

A vote for Brexit in tomorrow’s UK referendum on EU membership (23 June) would mean that the COP21 agreement would have to be rewritten, the executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change said today (22 June) in Brussels.
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Energy 21-06-2016

INFOGRAPHIC: Can Germany's Energiewende ensure supply security?

Boosting renewable energies and using existing sources more efficiently are the two main pillar of the German energy transition, better known as Energiewende. Both pillars contribute to the goal of lowering the dependence on energy imports.
Energy 21-06-2016

Fawkes: Let’s move energy efficiency away from the subsidised world

There are lots of investors and lenders now who want to deploy capital into energy efficiency. But the lack of standardisation, which causes uncertainty, is a barrier, Steven Fawkes told EurActiv Czech Republic in an exclusive interview.
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Energy 17-06-2016

Energy Union governance to include building renovation reporting

SPECIAL REPORT / EXCLUSIVE/ The European Commission will likely revamp the reporting of national building renovation rates, bringing it under the future oversight framework of the EU’s flagship Energy Union strategy.
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Energy 16-06-2016

Energy Union, Heating & Cooling, Consumers?

Around 40% of energy used in the EU is consumed in buildings, of which 80% is used for heating and cooling.
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Energy 16-06-2016

Smart meters 'not needed' after all for European power grid

SPECIAL REPORT / A transition to an intelligent electricity grid in Europe can take place without smart meters, industry players have said, in comments that will embarrass the European Commission, which pushed a Europe-wide plan to roll out smart meters years ago.
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Energy 15-06-2016

Homeowners offered cheaper mortgages in return for energy efficiency renovations

SPECIAL REPORT / EXCLUSIVE / Homeowners will qualify for reduced repayment rates on their mortgages if they undertake energy efficiency renovations, and lower interest rates on loans to pay for them, under “pioneering” plans being drawn up by lenders for consideration by EU and global regulators.


Europeans surrender control of climate initiative to Bloomberg

EXCLUSIVE / Michael Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York, will be in the driving seat of a new global alliance of cities to tackle climate change, despite the EU having pioneered the idea of coordinating mayors to fight global warming.
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Sustainable Dev. 14-06-2016

Climate Commissioner: Age of traditional energy consumers 'almost over'

SPECIAL REPORT / EXCLUSIVE / The age of traditional energy consumers is almost over, Climate Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete will say today (13 July), before outlining plans for Europeans to take control of consumption and production.
Energy 14-06-2016

Norwegian gas giant insists on rapid coal phase out

A phase-out of coal has long been on the cards. Now, a study by Norwegian energy giant Statoil has shown that it needs to be done quickly if climate targets are to be met. EurActiv’s partner WirtschaftsWoche reports.
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Energy 13-06-2016

The customer and the changing energy landscape

The energy transition is bringing fundamental changes for consumers on the energy market. With the availability of new technologies, consumers gain control over their energy use, for the benefit of decarbonisation, security of supply and affordability. Iain Conn, CEO of Centrica, was in Brussels on 25th May to talk about the ‘Consumer and the Energy Landscape’. Marie Donnelly, …

Energy 13-06-2016

Consumers, regulators and energy efficiency in buildings

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Saving energy consumption in buildings will play a key part in Europe’s transition to a clean, secure and efficient energy system.
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Energy 13-06-2016

High expectations for EU efficiency laws as Sustainable Energy Week begins

SPECIAL REPORT / The European Commission is under pressure to keep its promise that 2016 will be the “year of delivery” for its Energy Union strategy to fight climate change and boost the import-addicted bloc’s resistance to shortages.
Energy 07-06-2016

Renewable energy: How Europe can reinforce its leadership

Europe started the renewable energy revolution but is no longer its main driver. More ambitious decarbonisation policy would benefit innovative companies, boost the economy and protect the environment, writes Christopher Burghardt.
Energy 03-06-2016

Commission rapped for ‘cheating’ on energy efficiency finance

MEP Claude Turmes (Greens, Luxembourg), sharply criticised the European Commission for disregarding social aspects in energy efficiency and for not providing technical assistance for such projects.
Transport 01-06-2016

Member states haggle over ‘low-carbon mobility’ goals

The European Commission is having “very intense discussions” with member states over the individual emissions reduction percentage that they will be assigned to reduce emissions in sectors not covered by the Emissions Trading Scheme, a top EU official told journalists today (31 May).

Timmermans: We must convince Europe the era of meddlesome EU rules is over

The European Commission must convince people and businesses that the era of meddlesome EU regulation is over, Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans admitted today (26 May), before warning that would take "some time".

Commission welcomes North Korea's ‘embrace’ of Paris climate agreement

The European Commission has welcomed North Korea’s announcement it is ready to “embrace” the Paris Agreement to cap global warming.
Sustainable Dev. 12-05-2016

Commission warmly welcomes benefits of industrial insulation

Industrial insulation could bring massive cost and emissions savings, industry-funded research has found, with energy efficient investments earning back their cost in two years at most.