About: energy efficiency in buildings

Health 26-03-2019

Lawmakers, stakeholders see delivering economics of well-being as next health challenge

The well-being of EU citizens should be made a priority and an intersectoral approach integrating policy areas such as housing, fighting pollution and digital transformation into health can also help bring about new economic models, MEPs and civil society representatives agree.
Energy 08-02-2019

Energy consumption continues to rise in Europe: Eurostat

Energy consumption in Europe rose for the third consecutive year in 2017, pulling the EU further away from its 2020 energy efficiency objective, according to official figures published on Thursday (7 February).
Energy 21-06-2017

EU will fail Paris climate challenge unless it tackles heating and cooling

The European Union’s fight against global warming is doomed to fail unless decisive action is taken to change the way we heat and cool our buildings.
Energy 12-05-2017

Latent demand, not funding, is biggest obstacle for building renovation

A lack of demand for housing renovation – not a funding shortage – is the biggest obstacle to reaping the benefits of energy savings, seen as an unexploited 'golden goose' to tackle climate change and improve energy security.
Energy 11-05-2017

Back to front: Struggle to renovate EU building stock persists

The renovation of the EU's building stock is seen as critical in achieving the bloc's climate change targets. Ahead of the revision of key EU legislation in the sector, EURACTIV takes a hard look at what's on the table, the challenges ahead and how they can be addressed.
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.
Energy 28-11-2016

Commission sets up EU’s next energy efficiency battle

The European Commission will announce increased EU energy efficiency targets on Wednesday (30 November). But it will face resistance from member states opposed to binding, more ambitious rules, and from the European Parliament, which has demanded much higher goals.
Energy 04-07-2016

Experts: Buildings should shield against climate change

Stakeholders want the European Commission to push for indoor climate quality requirements in the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) revision. Buildings may also help with adaptation towards climate change, experts say.
Energy 17-06-2016

Energy Union governance to include building renovation reporting

EXCLUSIVE/ The European Commission will likely revamp the reporting of national building renovation rates, bringing it under the future oversight framework of the EU’s flagship Energy Union strategy.
Energy 16-06-2016

Smart meters ‘not needed’ after all for European power grid

A transition to an intelligent electricity grid in Europe can take place without smart meters, industry players have said, in comments that will embarrass the European Commission, which pushed a Europe-wide plan to roll out smart meters years ago.
Energy 15-06-2016

Homeowners offered cheaper mortgages in return for energy efficiency renovations

EXCLUSIVE / Homeowners will qualify for reduced repayment rates on their mortgages if they undertake energy efficiency renovations, and lower interest rates on loans to pay for them, under “pioneering” plans being drawn up by lenders for consideration by EU and global regulators.

Climate Commissioner: Age of traditional energy consumers ‘almost over’

EXCLUSIVE / The age of traditional energy consumers is almost over, Climate Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete will say today (13 July), before outlining plans for Europeans to take control of consumption and production.
Energy 13-06-2016

High expectations for EU efficiency laws as Sustainable Energy Week begins

The European Commission is under pressure to keep its promise that 2016 will be the “year of delivery” for its Energy Union strategy to fight climate change and boost the import-addicted bloc’s resistance to shortages.
Energy 03-06-2016

Commission rapped for ‘cheating’ on energy efficiency finance

MEP Claude Turmes (Greens, Luxembourg), sharply criticised the European Commission for disregarding social aspects in energy efficiency and for not providing technical assistance for such projects.

Commission warmly welcomes benefits of industrial insulation

Industrial insulation could bring massive cost and emissions savings, industry-funded research has found, with energy efficient investments earning back their cost in two years at most.
Climate change 22-04-2016

Energy Union boss wants wave of public finance to spur building renovations

The European Commission's Energy Union chief Maroš Šefčovič is pushing for new public financing instruments to kick-start a wave of building renovation in Europe.
Energy 21-04-2016

Commission considering health rules in Energy Union efficiency bill

The European Commission will consider indoor climate rules in its forthcoming legislation on Energy Union, the Commission Vice-President in charge of the strategy yesterday (20 April) revealed.
Energy 20-04-2016

Building renovation can stop colds and coughs, says study

Europeans living in unhealthy homes suffer flu-like symptoms and fatigue more often, research published today (20 April) has found, but building renovations can prevent colds and coughs.
Energy 19-04-2016

54 million Europeans must choose between eating and heating

An estimated 54 million Europeans suffer from energy poverty, according to the European Commission analysis, which blames rising prices, low income and energy inefficient homes for forcing people to choose between eating or heating.
Climate change 18-04-2016

Can Energy Union build healthier homes?

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?

Energy efficiency is Taiwan’s answer to COP21 challenge

SPECIAL REPORT/ Energy efficiency has been identified as a central economic and environmental policy response to a series of challenges faced by Taiwan, including higher fossil fuel prices as a result of this week’s UN Climate Change Conference.
Agrifood 18-11-2015

Commission outlines Energy Union legislative path

Commission Vice-President Maroš Šef?ovi? unveiled the executive's plans for laying the foundations of the Energy Union, until the end of its term in 2019.
Energy 18-11-2015

Policy convergence hands opportunity to construction industry

SPECIAL REPORT / Europe’s construction industry can provide part of the answer to many of the European Union’ economic and environmental concerns.
Energy 10-11-2015

MEPs fail to boost EU renewables, efficiency targets before COP21

The European Parliament’s energy committee today (10 November) rejected a push by MEPs to increase the EU’s 2030 climate and energy targets and to make them legally binding.

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