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Energy 10-10-2017

Renewables loophole threatens to dilute EU buildings law objectives

An oversight in the revised text of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) risks undermining the European Commission’s promise to place "efficiency first" across all EU energy legislation ahead of a defining vote in Parliament this week.
Energy 06-07-2017

Energy performance of buildings: Time to put efficiency first

Ever been too hot at work on a sunny June day? Too cold in your sitting room on a January evening? The energy performance of buildings affects all our lives directly, every day, writes Arianna Vitali.
Climate change 25-11-2016

Innovation and industrialisation can speed up deep energy renovation

With the pending Winter Package, including an Accelerating Clean Energy Innovation strategy, the European Commission has a chance to show that the EU has reached a crossroads, write Oliver Rapf and Julia Reinaud.
Climate change 07-09-2016

France will issue the first state ‘green bond’ in 2017

France will become the world's first state to issue "green bonds" in 2017, as part of its effort to finance environmentally friendly investments. EURACTIV's partner La Tribune reports.
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Reforming the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive
Energy 07-04-2016

INFOGRAPHIC: Reforming the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive

Four essential priorities to put Europe back on the energy-efficiency track.
The EUs new heating and cooling strategy
Energy 16-02-2016

INFOGRAPHIC: The EU’s new Heating and Cooling Strategy

The European Commission announced a Heating and Cooling Strategy aimed at reducing energy waste.
Regional Policy 01-12-2015

Paris teams up with Johannesburg to draft climate strategy

SPECIAL REPORT / South Africa’s economic capital wants to develop an ambitious climate strategy, following in the footsteps of Paris, the first French city to adopt a similar strategy in 2007. EURACTIV France reports
Climate change 17-11-2015

Half of French climate finance spent on building renovation

Building renovation absorbed half of France's energy transition finance in 2013, or €36 billion, while the country spent €54 billion on oil and gas. EURACTIV France reports
Climate change 12-11-2015

French Senate highlights the role of local authorities in fighting climate change

Despite the international nature of the climate negotiations, decisions taken at local and regional levels can have a big effect on climate change. EURACTIV France reports
Energy 15-10-2015

Renovation could save billions in grid investment, say researchers

EXCLUSIVE / Renovating the European Union’s building stock for energy efficiency will save €80 to €153 billion of investment costs into the bloc’s power system by 2050, new research obtained by EURACTIV has found.
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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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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.
Trade & Society 16-07-2012

Industrial revival hinges on new soil rules

SPECIAL REPORT/ A soil framework directive necessary to boost industrial regeneration is creeping back onto the European agenda after years of being shelved by reluctant EU member countries.
Energy 08-06-2012

Europe takes ‘baby steps’ to revamp public buildings

A year-long fight over renovation rates for public buildings in Europe has resulted in "a brilliant architecture" for revamping the existing stock, the European Parliament's chief negotiator has announced. But only central government "owned and occupied" buildings will be concerned, leaving whole sections unaddressed.
Energy 27-04-2012

Danes ring the alarm over EU energy savings bill

Denmark, the country currently holding the rotating EU Presidency, has hit out at EU countries for defanging the proposed Energy Efficiency Directive, and called for ring-fencing a key article imposing an annual 1.5% energy savings target on power companies.
Energy 13-01-2012

Ambitions watered down on energy savings in buildings

The proposed Energy Efficiency Directive, hailed as the most important piece of EU legislation on energy savings so far, is being heavily criticised for "considerably" watering down the measures initially foreseen for the renovation of public buildings.
Energy 12-10-2011

Building efficiency: The ‘two stage’ solution

Renovating Europe’s buildings for deep efficiency in two stages would result in 71% energy savings across Europe by 2050 and create 800,000 clean energy jobs - at less than two thirds the price of one-off deep renovations, a new report says.
Energy 23-06-2011

Brussels slaps opt-outs on efficiency plan

EU member states have been granted an opt-out from efficiency plans that would force energy companies to make savings among final customers of 1.5% a year.
Energy 23-12-2010

Top official: ‘EU unlikely to meet energy-efficiency goals’

The EU is unlikely to meet its target of reducing energy consumption by 20% by 2020, but the decreasing cost of renewables means that an EU-wide approach to its funding could be envisaged, says Marie Donnelly, director of energy efficiency and renewable energy at the European Commission.

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