Despite the encouraging and historic climate agreement at COP 21 in Paris, politicians all over the world argue that quick climate action is too costly. But if they redid the calculation and included co-benefits they would take action now. And they should, argues Christian Friis Bach.
When it comes to the Energy Union and the EU’s energy efficiency targets, the Commission needs to put consumers at the centre and create a regulatory environment that promotes behavioural energy efficiency, writes Giulia Gioffreda.
At the start of 2015, the European Commission shared some sobering statistics. As the world’s largest energy importer, the EU imports 53% of its energy. Ninety-four percent of its transport relies on oil, of which 90% is imported.
SPECIAL REPORT/ Energy efficiency has been identified as a central economic and environmental policy response to a series of challenges faced by Taiwan, including higher fossil fuel prices as a result of this week’s UN Climate Change Conference.
Whether COP21 will be a success or not remains to be seen. What is certain is that climate change is still an urgent problem. Energy efficiency, renewables and sustainable mobility provide the solutions, writes Rolf Wüstenhagen.
EXCLUSIVE/ MEPs have stepped up pressure on the European Commission over its decision to effectively cap any increase to the EU’s 2030 energy efficiency targets, just days before the UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) begins.
The European Commission announced seven new infringement decisions against member states on Thursday (19 November). France has been penalised for its failings in energy efficiency and the treatment of radioactive waste. Our partner Journal de l'Environnement reports .
EXCLUSIVE / The European Commission’s decision to effectively cap any increase to the EU’s energy efficiency targets was branded a “pre-emptive strike” today (18 November) against the European Parliament, which would curb any effort by MEPs to boost the 2030 goals.
Climate Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete yesterday (14 October) told representatives of Europe’s cities and regions to focus their climate change efforts on energy efficiency and especially the renovation of buildings.
Focusing development and traditional finance towards low carbon energy efficient infrastructure will fight climate change, help the world meet sustainability targets and boost global economic productivity, the world’s finance ministers have been told.
Independent lab tests have found that some Samsung TVs in Europe appear to use less energy during official testing conditions than they do during real-world use, raising questions about whether they are set up to game energy efficiency tests.
The European Commission puts the size of the investment required for building energy efficiency retrofits at around €100 billion per year. This is a significant opportunity for investors and businesses, writes Panama Bartholomy.
New energy standards for home boilers entering into force this month are expected to take offline the equivalent of 47 Fukushima-type nuclear power stations in Europe by 2020, according to official EU data compiled by the European Environmental Bureau (EEB).
EXCLUSIVE / The European Commission is considering whether to relax VAT rules for energy efficiency in buildings, after EU judges ruled a British lower rate for materials such as insulation and solar panels illegal.