Energy efficiency

Energy 06-03-2018

Irish minister: We are the global leaders in taking variable renewable electricity onto the grid

The Irish electricity is now able to cope with 65% of electricity coming from intermittent electricity sources like wind and solar – an expertise Energy Minister Denis Naugthen believes can be replicated on a larger scale as Europe moves towards 50% renewable power by 2030.
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Rethinking efficiency
Energy 05-09-2017

Rethinking efficiency by unlocking the savings potential of our buildings

We can achieve on average 30% energy savings in buildings by optimising the systems that control the heating, cooling, hot water and ventilation in our buildings.
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Energy 29-08-2017

Renewable Energy Directive: three recommendations to unlock potential of district energy

District energy can play a key role in providing sustainable heating and cooling. The revision of the Renewable Energy Directive should ensure a regulatory framework that uses this potential.
Energy 09-02-2017

The energy efficiency package: Boosting renovation in the EU

Euractiv has organised a workshop to discuss the EU's approach towards energy efficiency in buildings.
Engineering the Energy Union
Energy 15-12-2016

Engineering the Energy Union: How electric motors and water systems help achieve our policy goals

Water and wastewater facilities are traditionally high energy consumers. Proven technologies exist to turn the water cycle energy neutral and significantly reduce the electricity bill of municipalities.
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Imagine a future...
Energy 01-12-2016

Imagine a future…

The European Commission just launched (30 November 2016) a significant package of legislative and policy proposals on many aspects of the Energy Union. It includes proposals for changes to the energy efficiency legislation that affects buildings.
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Energy Union, Heating and Cooling, Consumers
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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The customer and the changing energy landscape
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...
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Energy efficiency 2016: The year of delivery?
Energy 02-06-2016

Energy efficiency 2016: The year of delivery?

The European Commission is preparing a make-or- break “year of delivery” on its flagship Energy Union strategy, with a steady stream of proposals expected in 2016.
Energy 16-02-2016

Commission launches heating and cooling strategy

The European Commission presented the first EU initiative addressing the energy used for heating and cooling in buildings and industry.
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Energy 10-12-2015

State of the Energy Union

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.
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Energy 30-06-2015

EuroACE “Quizzing the Stakeholders” on renovating buildings to meet EU goals

EuroACE, the European Alliance of Companies for Energy Efficiency in Buildings, represents fourteen European leading companies involved with the manufacture, the distribution and installation of a variety of energy saving goods and services. The EuroACE member companies employ over 300 000 people and have over 770 production facilities and office locations in the EU. EuroACE works together with the European institutions to help Europe move towards an efficient use of energy in buildings, thereby contributing to the EU's commitments on carbon emissions reductions, job creation and energy security.
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Economy & Jobs 13-05-2015

Climate and Energy: A just transition?

The European Commission’s Energy Union strategy is very ambitious and will cut across a number of policy sectors including energy, transport, research and innovation, foreign policy, regional and neighborhood policy, trade and agriculture, according to the EU executive's plan. €119 billion will be invested in the energy transmission projects needed by 2020 and a significant effort in legislative proposals will follow. Solidarity will be the major play card in Europe.
Energy 12-03-2015

Commission to regulate and incentivise building energy efficiency

The European Commission is on track to launch infringement procedures against member states which have not properly implement EU law about energy efficiency in buildings.
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Energy 25-02-2015

Šef?ovi? hopes to convince Orbán to disclose energy agreements

On Wednesday (February 25th) the European Commission launched its Strategy for a Resilient Energy Union. One of the key elements of the Energy Union is that member states’ energy deals with non-EU nations should be scrutinised on a mandatory basis by the European Commission before they are signed. Russia has always insisted that those deals are confidential.
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Energy 01-11-2014

Energy Efficiency in Non-residential Buildings

The Energy Efficiency Communication, released by the European Commission earlier this year, proposed a new energy efficiency target of 30% for 2030, a figure that has caused some debate among stakeholders. EU Member States have already signed up to a voluntary objective of reducing the EU's primary energy use by 20% by 2020, measured against 2005 levels.
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Energy 24-10-2014

EU leaders set climate, energy targets

EU leaders agreed on Thursday to reduce greenhouse emissions by 40% by 2030. They also agreed to increase renewables and energy efficiency by at least 27%.
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Energy 23-10-2014

Stubb: We will get 40% emissions reduction

On his arrival at the December 2014 EU Summit, Finnish Prime Minister Alexander Stubb said that he is 'optimistic' a deal on climate and energy targets will be agreed on Thursday. “We will get 40% emissions reduction and we are looking at 27% in both renewables and energy efficiency,” Stubb said.
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Energy 24-07-2014

Commission wants a 30% energy reduction target by 2030

The European Commission proposed on Wednesday to reduce Europe's energy consumption by 30% by 2030.
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Energy 17-07-2014

Smart metering implementation in Europe: A year on

Report following the high level policy conference "Smart metering implementation in Europe: A year on" about the latest developments of the smart metering implementation front as well as the consumer awareness campaign that ESMIG and EDSO for Smart Grids have launched.
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Energy 22-01-2014

Green MEPs, NGOs protest Commission’s new 2030 climate and energy targets

Chanting “Frack off  Barroso” and “Climate SOS”, Green MEPs and NGOs gathered on Wednesday in front of the European Commission in Brussels to protest against the EU's new climate and energy targets for 2030. Dubbing the new proposals 'ambitious, affordable and realistic', the EU's executive is pushing for a binding 40% reduction in carbon emissions from 1990 levels.
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Eickhout: Days of economy vs. ecology are over

The buildings sector is one of the largest contributors to global greenhouse gas emissions. Moreover, buildings account for about 40% of the total amount of energy consumption in the EU. The European Commission acknowledged this in its Energy Efficiency Directive stating that "the greatest energy savings potential lies in buildings". The chemicals sector has already significantly reduced its emissions, but there is still potential to reduce them further.
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Renovate Europe Day 2013 – Highlights

The Energy Efficiency Directive (EDD), which entered into force in December 2012, aims to help Member States achieve the EU climate and energy targets through, among other things, renovation of the existing building stock.   It has been estimated that when applied the Directive will stimulate investments and create jobs. If 2050 targets are to be met, the energy demand of the existing EU building stock must be reduced by 80% as compared to 2005 levels.
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Energy 21-10-2013

Energising tomorrow’s world: one year after the approval of the energy efficiency directive

Europe aims to reduce its primary energy use by 20% by 2020, although the target is not legally binding. The policies and measures taken to achieve this target will continue to deliver beyond 2020 helping to reduce emissions by approximately 40% by 2050, according to the Energy Roadmap 2050. While trying to achieve the 2020 goals, the EU will have to find ‘flexible’ resources in the power system.

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Danfoss top five priorities for a successful DWD revision:

  1. Unlock investments in energy efficiency and digitalization
  2. Increase transparency about energy use and water losses in the European water sector
  3. Enforce reduction of water leaks to de-risk contamination through leaky pipes
  4. Make information easy to understand by the public and comparable between member states
  5. Think circular economy

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