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Energy 27-08-2021

Sustainable living space in a world of limits: a need for dialogue

Challenges to ecological and social sustainability require us to integrate limits to resource consumption into all areas, including residential space, write Doris Fuchs, Sylvia Lorek, Pia Mamut and Nils Blossey.

What will be the cost of including transport and buildings in the EU ETS?

The EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) has proven to be an effective tool in driving emissions reductions. Installations covered by the ETS reduced emissions by about 35% between 2005 and 2019.

An ETS for transport and buildings is essential

An EU-wide emissions trading system for the transport and building sectors would secure the financing of low carbon solutions and support lower-income households and member states through the redistribution of carbon pricing revenues, argue Matthias Buck and Andreas Graf.

Von der Leyen’s ETS extension to buildings and transport would do more harm than good

As European leaders meet today to discuss the share of emissions reductions across Europe, they must focus on how to do this effectively and avoid the possible repercussions of expanding the emissions trading scheme, writes Marcin Korolec.
OpinionPromoted content

A green vision for a sustainable urban future

I want you to take a minute to visualise the ideal urban landscape of the future. How does it look? Full of flying cars and soaring glass skyscrapers? I doubt it. Jure Šumi is the Representative and Spokesperson of the...
Energy 25-03-2021

ETS revision will include buildings and road transport, EU Commissioner says

The European Commission's upcoming June package of energy and climate laws will “propose the extension of the emission trading scheme to sectors such as building and road transport,” the EU's energy commissioner Kadri Simson said on Thursday (25 March).
Agrifood 21-01-2020

French bio-waste finds second life in building insulation

By using hemp, brewers grains and spelt husk, many French SMEs are starting to manufacture natural insulation materials based on bio-sourced materials and biowaste, which have not previously been 're-purposed'. In other words, they are using 'green' alternative to conventional insulation. EURACTIV France reports.
Health 28-05-2018

Unhealthy buildings need political and public attention, says report

EU negotiators hope to wrap up talks on the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) this week, which will significantly affect the building sector. A new report released on 28 May says buildings have a crucial but often overlooked impact on health and renovation can be beneficial to our quality of life.
Energy 02-06-2017

Health activists join EU building renovation crusade

Health campaigners have called on European lawmakers to impose an EU-wide indoor air quality performance certificate for buildings to prevent mould and dampness from poisoning the air people breathe inside their homes and offices.
Energy 08-05-2017

Trillions of euros of energy efficiency investment up for grabs

European Union policymakers have made energy efficiency, particularly in buildings, central to their plans to create an Energy Union. But they must convince private investors to unlock trillions of euros of capital.

Circular Economy package to regulate construction sector

The future Circular Economy Package will aim to create a market for reused construction materials salvaged from demolition sites. EURACTIV France reports.

Investor confidence to meet Europe’s energy efficiency challenge

The European Commission puts the size of the investment required for building energy efficiency retrofits at around €100 billion per year. This is a significant opportunity for investors and businesses, writes Panama Bartholomy.