Heating and cooling

Climate change 11-11-2020

F-gas manufacturers brace for tougher EU climate goals

The fluorinated gases industry is gearing up for a transformation as tighter supply restrictions are due to be implemented in the coming months and an upcoming EU legislative review next year is expected to push the EU market even further towards greener alternatives.
Energy 06-11-2020

Energy-efficient building renovation: a Franco-German challenge

To achieve climate neutrality by 2050, the question of renovating buildings to be more energy-efficient is of crucial importance. More than ever before, it is the subject of debate on both sides of the Rhine. EURACTIV France and Germany report.
Energy 05-10-2020

Energy performance in buildings is key to meeting 2030 emissions target

Ursula von der Leyen and Frans Timmermans have pledged to kick-start a Renovation Wave across Europe. This is a management challenge with three aspects that have to be met, write building industry CEOs.
Energy 26-06-2020

COVID-19 means tackling energy poverty is more urgent than ever

The COVID-19 crisis is hitting European consumers in the pocket, causing rising unemployment and falling income for those who have kept their jobs. Spending more time at home as a result of lockdown measures could make matters worse for energy...
Energy 05-06-2020

Policy brief: Energy system integration

“Sector coupling” is the new energy buzzword in town. In essence, it means bringing different energy carriers, infrastructure and consumption sectors closer together in search of more renewables, greater efficiency, and lower carbon emissions. With its European Green Deal, tabled...
Energy 26-05-2020

The case for green buildings in the COVID-19 recovery

By supporting green buildings, the European Commission can simultaneously cut down energy bills and greenhouse gas emissions while improving comfort and health, and supporting Europe’s 18 million construction workers, writes Peter Sweatman.
Energy 21-05-2020

Heating electrification amplifies need for efficient buildings, experts say

Electrification is key to decarbonising the residential heating sector, but it needs to be done smartly, by using heat pumps flexibly in houses that are efficient enough to act as “thermal batteries,” experts argue.
Electricity 20-04-2020

Austria becomes second EU country to exit coal

Austria officially closed its last coal-fired power plant on Friday (17 April), becoming the second EU country to exit coal after Belgium in 2016.
Energy 14-04-2020

Dublin MEP pushes ‘neighbourhood’ approach to building renovation

Ciarán Cuffe, a former Irish minister now turned MEP, has urged the European Commission to take a locally integrated approach to building efficiency, saying it will be “critical” to the success of the upcoming renovation wave announced as part of the European Green Deal.
Energy 09-04-2020

EU countries dragging their feet on building renovation plans

Only five EU member states have submitted long-term renovation strategies that were due last month under the revised energy performance of buildings directive: Belgium, Denmark, Finland, The Netherlands and Sweden.
Energy 16-03-2020

Energy ‘sector coupling’ requires 75% more electricity, study says

Direct and indirect electrification of transport, buildings and industry could deliver a 60% reduction in carbon emissions across Europe by 2050 – but that will require a massive upsurge in clean power output, according to BloombergNEF, a research company.
Energy 27-02-2020

Cooling down Europe’s heating system

If we want Europe to go carbon neutral, we must stop manufacturing and selling technologies based on oil and gas – starting with heating systems, write Davide Sabbadin and Melissa Zill.
Air Quality 02-12-2019

Cash for clean air: Between unbankable projects and unpopular measures

EU cohesion funding for environmental measures has not been spent as planned and EU member states are reluctant to apply the “no environmental harm” principle. EURACTIV Slovakia reports. “If you think the economy is more important than environment, try holding...
Air Quality 29-11-2019

‘Heat our homes, not the planet’: EU clean air forum takes heating to task

Heating’s huge impact on the EU’s air quality and greenhouse gas emissions needs new focus and attention, according to policymakers and activists gathered in Bratislava on Thursday (28 November).
Air Quality 28-11-2019

Implementing clean air rules the eternal problem, as EU countries told to raise game

Industry, agriculture and transport were asked to decrease air pollution at a high-level EU forum in Slovakia on clean air but the responsible ministers and new Commissioners were absent from the Bratislava event.
Air Quality 27-11-2019

How air quality rules stack up across Europe

Air quality is rapidly becoming more and more of an emotionally-charged subject as the health implications become more explicit. Here is how things stand at both EU and national level.
Energy 19-11-2019

Heat networks in focus as EU cities confront building emissions

Last year, the European Union embarked on a mission to decarbonise the building sector, currently responsible for 40% of the bloc’s energy use. And cities with district heat networks have a head start when it comes to integrating new low-carbon energy sources.

EU bank brokers late-night deal to phase out fossil fuels

The European Investment Bank (EIB) decided on Thursday (14 November) to end financial support for fossil fuels from 2021, after marathon talks ended in a compromise that has been hailed as “a significant victory” for green policies.
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Energy 21-10-2019

Our buildings are making our children sick

The youngest generation is losing healthy life years due to the poor state of the homes and schools that they spend much of their youth in. Its imperative that legislators across Europe implement the EU’s new building directive before the deadline in March 2020.
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Energy 18-10-2019

Decarbonising district energy for our cities

Euroheat & Power has come forward with a commitment to full decarbonisation of Europe’s district heating and cooling networks before 2050 but Managing Director Paul Voss wants everyone to know he’s not proud of it.
Energy 04-10-2019

European cities share heating decarbonisation tips

Cities with decades-old combined heat and power systems are emitting less carbon than others, and EU policymakers are looking at how to emulate this across the bloc.
Energy 04-10-2019

Intelligent building technologies are critical to a low-carbon future

Rapid urbanisation and climate change are intertwined, making decarbonisation of the built environment paramount to stabilising the future. The technologies that will deliver significant emissions reductions there will deliver benefits for all those involved, writes Casey Talon.
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 25-09-2019

Finnish official: ‘Heating is far from being just a local issue’

Achieving climate neutrality by 2050 requires decarbonising the whole economy, including the energy-hungry heating sector, says Finland's Riku Huttunen. And that will involve cooperation at all levels of government, including local and EU authorities, he argues.
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