Energy & Environment

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Energy 29-11-2021

The Energy balance and the thermal properties of glazing

To ensure a proper assessment of the energy performance of windows, heat gains (g-value) have to be considered and balanced with heat losses (u-value), to both minimize heating demand and limit cooling needs. This is the energy balance of windows.
23-11-2021

On the road to a greener economy in Kazakhstan – How can the EU help?

Watch this EURACTIV Virtual Conference to see how close relations between the EU and Kazakhstan can help the greening of the Kazakh economy and transport sector.  
16-11-2021

NGO’s ‘set fire’ to protest use of forest biomass

On Monday (November 15) a group of activists gathered in front of the European Parliament in Brussels to protest against production of bioenergy in Europe by burning wood.
16-11-2021

Fit for 55: How to deliver ambitious climate targets while protecting consumers?

The EU Commission “Fit for 55” places Europe as the global leader on climate ambition. The EC package has charted a path to reach further decarbonisation in 2030, with a special focus on decarbonising transport and buildings.
15-11-2021

The role of electrolytic hydrogen in the clean energy transition

Today, 95% of the hydrogen produced in Europe is of fossil origin and a major emitter of CO2. For the EU to achieve carbon neutrality, hydrogen must be produced in a way that emits low amounts of CO2.
12-11-2021

Media Partnership – Cracking the decarbonization code: How to put buildings at the core of the Fit for 55 package?

Buildings are at the center of our daily lives, where we work, live and rest. On average, people spend 80% of their lives inside buildings – from office buildings, schools, hospitals, to homes. With the Covid 19 crisis, we have never spent so much time indoors since the last 18 months.
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10-11-2021

5 Areas of Improvement in the CBAM proposal

Because of the aluminium industry’s unique challenges, the current Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) proposal will not contribute to reducing global CO2 emissions across our sector, but will accelerate the investment and employment leakage trend European industries have experienced over the past decades.
Circular economy 09-11-2021

Working towards a stronger Circular Economy – How much regulation is needed?

In order to achieve the EU’s 2050 climate neutrality target, the European Commission is planning to announce new initiatives addressing the entire life cycle of products.
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29-10-2021

Media Partnership – Waste-to-Energy: The Beauty or The Beast?

On Monday, 25 October, ESWET organise an online event to discuss the issue of non-recyclable waste and the role of Waste-to-Energy as a sustainable waste management option, gathering supporters and opponents of the technology around the same table.
Climate change 28-10-2021

What is a ‘net’ climate target?

Over 100 countries worldwide, including the United States, Japan and the UK, have pledged to hit net zero emissions by 2050 - a goal which also became law across the European Union this year. But what is a net target and how does the EU plan to get there?
27-10-2021

Closed loop recycling in Europe: What helps and what hinders?

The new EU Circular Economy Action Plan is one of the main building blocks of the European Green Deal for a climate-neutral, resource-efficient and competitive economy.
18-10-2021

COP26 – Can it be a game-changer?

Climate change remains an imminent threat at the core of many discussions between heads of state, industry and civil society. These stakeholders see recovery from the COVID-19 crisis as an opportunity to build back better by creating greener and more sustainable economies.
12-10-2021

Climate protestors take to Brussels streets ahead of COP26 climate summit

Tens of thousands of protestors marched through Brussels on Sunday (10 October). They called for more ambition at the COP26 climate summit, due to be held in Glasgow in November.  
08-10-2021

NGOs call for ban on waste shipment out of the EU

NGOs protested outside the European Commission with a giant dragon towering over a map, showing the impact of Europe's waste shipped to the rest of the world.  
Batteries 07-10-2021

Responsible sourcing: The case of batteries

An industry that is particularly susceptible to the issue is battery manufacturing, as it is largely dependent on critical raw material imports. In the past few years, stakeholders have highlighted supply chain risks related to raw materials in batteries, comprising environmental, social and governance risks.
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04-10-2021

COP26 – Can renewed political will result in concrete actions?

Rewatch this EURACTIV Virtual Conference to find out what partnerships, commitments and innovative solutions are needed to achieve emissions cuts globally.
29-09-2021

Is green hydrogen really carbon-neutral?

As the EU moves away from its dependency on fossil fuel, hydrogen is expected to play a key role in our future energy systems, and for delivering on the aim set out in the European Green Deal of achieving carbon-neutrality in the EU by 2050.
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Climate change 28-09-2021

Life Terra – Forestry across generations

Life Terra speaks to Wulf Böhmcker who is a 92-year-old forester. He has seen forests change over the years in Germany and expressed his concern. “We need to convince people to help and also to live more sensibly.” Want to...
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Climate change 21-09-2021

Life Terra’s first “Klimawald” takes roots in Germany

Life Terra spoke to Stift Ehreshoven about their castle and estate situated near Cologne, Germany, with 1,500+ ha of forest land that is managed sustainably and the effects of climate change on German forests.
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20-09-2021

Aluminium makes cars lighter AND fully and economically recyclable!

Today, approximately 95% of the aluminium contained in an End-of-Life Vehicle (ELV) is recycled into new aluminium products.
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20-09-2021

The countless properties of glazing

Glass is a high-tech material vital to the energy performance, safety, security and comfort of buildings and cars.
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13-09-2021

Large glazed surfaces deliver more than we think

By providing access to natural daylight and a visual connection with the external environment, glass ensures health and well-being in all type of buildings.
10-09-2021

Media Partnership – The road to COP26: what is the role of biofuels?

According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), of all direct CO2 emissions from fuel combustion, transportation accounts for 24%.
09-09-2021

Carbon removal strategy – Is it needed and will it make a difference?

European Union Member States have agreed to reach climate neutrality by 2050 and increase their level of ambition for 2030. This means that Europe needs to amend many of its climate policies.