Energy efficiency

Energy 09-12-2019

COP25: Countries pressed to deliver

The COP is meant to pave the way for countries to raise their climate ambition before the end of crucial year 2020. Climate negotiators know that they are under tight scrutiny from stakeholders, first and foremost cities, businesses, and Fridays for Future.
Energy 06-11-2019

Energy supply and end-use integration (sector coupling)

Sector coupling is the new energy buzzword in town. In essence, it means bringing energy supply closer to large consuming sectors such as transport, buildings and industry in search of greater efficiency, more renewables and lower carbon emissions.
Energy 14-10-2019

Buildings and the forgotten 90%

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Human beings spend on average 90% of their lives indoors. Buildings are also a huge drain on energy resources and create a significant amount of greenhouse gas emissions. This Special Report looks deeper into the places we live and work.
Energy 25-09-2019

Decarbonising Europe’s heating sector

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Heating is responsible for almost half (40%) of the EU's total energy consumption, and a large share of the bloc's carbon emissions. Yet, politicians are reluctant to confront the issue head-on. EURACTIV examines the reasons behind this and some of the solutions being considered at local and EU level.
Energy 16-04-2019

Saving energy, a European challenge of varying scale

Several EU member states, including France, have chosen to implement laws that would allow the trading of energy saving certificates, an important shift towards saving energy.
Electricity 12-11-2018

Electricity prices

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Many European countries have placed limits on electricity prices, often justified by consumer concerns about rising energy bills, or to protect households from energy poverty. But regulated energy prices also thwart competition and hinder the deployment of clean energy solutions....
Energy 26-09-2018

Healthy buildings: Good for our wallets?

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‘Healthy mind, healthy body’, so the saying goes - but both are affected by the buildings in which we live and work. This year’s edition of the Healthy Homes Barometer reveals what the challenges and solutions might be.
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 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 21-06-2017

Heating and cooling

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The heating and cooling of buildings and industry is responsible for half of the EU’s energy consumption, and “much of it is wasted” according to the European Commission.
Energy 29-05-2017

Healthy buildings, healthy people

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The renovation of the EU’s building stock is seen as critical in achieving the bloc’s climate change targets, while reducing dependence on imported fuel. However, less is known about the positive impact renovation can have on people's health.
Energy 08-05-2017

Financing energy efficiency

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The European Union has made energy savings in buildings one of the cornerstones of the bloc's efforts to cut dependence on imported fuel. But private investors are still wary of unlocking the trillions of euros of capital needed to renovate Europe's ageing building stock.
Energy 21-11-2016

Electricity in transition

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Europe’s electricity system is on the cusp of a deep revolution, driven by the imperative of decarbonisation and the move towards decentralised renewables energy production.
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.

Can Energy Union build healthier homes?

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The EU’s Energy Union strategy has the twin goals of fighting climate change and boosting energy security but could it also build healthier homes for European citizens, 80 million of which live in damp and leaky buildings.
An Efficient Energy Union
Energy 09-03-2015

An efficient energy union

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Efficiency will be an important part of the EU's Energy Union plan to strengthen the bloc's resistance to shortages, but it faces competition from other policy streams for lawmakers' attention.

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