Selwa Calderbank

Brexit 28-06-2013

Governments short-change energy efficiency, investors say

SPECIAL REPORT / The buildings sector is facing a huge challenge: how to encourage investment in the refurbishment of Europe’s old building stock, and for the near-zero buildings of the future? Industry sources tell EURACTIV that member states are at fault for not doing enough to stimulate a market in energy efficiency investments. 
Energy 27-06-2013

EU smart meter roll-out lags behind ambition

SPECIAL REPORT / Europe’s ambitious plan for 80% market penetration of smart meters by 2020 is failing to live up to expectations. A senior energy official at the European Commission admits that market penetration is still very low, particularly in the new member states, and that there is a big shortfall in investment.

A wider view: Shifting paradigms in the buildings sector

SPECIAL REPORT / The debate on what kinds of buildings we should live and work in is shifting, with construction experts and EU policymakers moving away from focusing simply on energy efficiency to a broader appreciation of sustainable buildings, taking into account their environmental, social and economic impact.
Energy 25-06-2013

Commission hamstrung in Brussels buildings renovation drive

SPECIAL REPORT / The Brussels Capital Region is probably the most ambitious in Europe in terms of introducing energy efficiency in buildings, industry sources tell EURACTIV, but the European Commission’s ageing building stock has not yet reaped the benefits.
Energy 24-06-2013

Buildings renovation takes centre stage as debate heats up over energy efficiency targets for 2030

SPECIAL REPORT / With Europe’s hard-fought over Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) coming into force next year, advocates are pushing for the EU to come forward with a target for 2030, and adopt proposals to dramatically cut energy use in Europe’s building stock by 2050.
Energy 11-06-2013

EU official: shale gas el dorado out of Europe’s reach

A senior European Commission official has poured cold water on claims that a shale gas boom in Europe would result in de-facto low gas prices. 
Trade & Society 31-05-2013

Desertec abandons Sahara solar power export dream

The Desertec Industrial Initiative (Dii) has abandoned its strategy to export solar power generated from the Sahara to Europe, killing hopes of boosting the continent’s share of renewable electricity with cheap external supplies.