The digitisation of the EU’s construction industry is an oft-overlooked area of technological development, both politically and socially. EURACTIV.com has interviewed Milena Feustel to shine a light on the sector and explore the direction the digital construction is going in across Europe.
As co-chair of the EU BIM Task Group, Milena Feustel gave her views, among other issues, on:
Post date: 15 May 2019
The European Commission has backed a 30% energy efficiency target for the 2030 Framework.This target has been called ¨achievable¨and ¨ambitious¨ by the Commission. It also says that it is ¨the right balance between benefits and costs¨.
Post date: 24 Jul 2014
EurActiv exclusive (original source). A bloc of 35 Ukrainian cities has sent an urgent plea for European help in scaling up the efficiency of their buildings, district heating and transport networks in a bid to curb Russian energy dependence.
Post date: 15 May 2014
A Commission review of energy efficiency measures this summer will prioritise heating measures as a way of transforming Europe’s energy performance, according to a top Commission adviser.Heat makes up nearly half of the world’s final energy consumption, but the heat industry says that it is routinely and unfairly overlooked in energy and climate debates.That could be about to change, as the Commission studies its calculators for ways of toting up savings to meet its energy efficiency objectives.
Post date: 29 Apr 2014
The EU’s climate establishment rigged the debate on 2030 targets with stacked projections for energy efficiency savings discounts, and wildly optimistic assumptions about the carbon market, according to buildings efficiency industry and NGO sources.
Post date: 13 Mar 2014
EU countries see energy savings as a "luxury", neglect building sector roadmaps, and are producing national action plans unlikely to meet a 2020 energy efficiency target, according to government officials and advisers surveyed by EurActiv.The bloc’s 28 states have a raft of obligations, ranging from ecodesign measures to public building renovation targets, intended to cut projected energy use 20% by the decade’s end, and so lower greenhouse gas emissions.
Post date: 6 Mar 2014
The EU’s energy and environment ministers will today (3 March) begin two days of talks under the shadow of divisions on greenhouse gas cuts, renewable energy targets and efficiency objectives.Efficiency targetsMore dramatically, Berlin will push for a binding energy efficiency target, in a challenge to the established orthodoxy in Brussels that such measures should wait until after a review of lagging progress towards the non-binding goal set for 2020.
Post date: 4 Mar 2014
Unlocking the energy saving potential of the continent’s ageing building stock will be “absolutely central” to a key review of EU policy this summer, the EU’s top energy efficiency official has said.But Paul Hodson, the head of the EU’s energy efficiency unit, flagged "micro" public action, dampening hopes of major policy advances in the review which will stock-take progress towards meeting 2020 energy saving goals and mull 2030 objectives.The paper will now be published in July, during the EU’s summer vacation period.
Post date: 5 Feb 2014
Global energy saving investments - and their effects on energy demand - are now equal to the net contribution of other fuel sources, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on 16 October, as it launched its inaugural Energy Efficiency Market Report. The IEA valued worldwide energy efficiency investments in 2011 at $300 billion (€221bn), a level on a par with global funding of renewable energy and fossil fuel power sources.
Post date: 22 Oct 2013
Environmentalists fear that the European Commission’s energy department is launching a new push for business-friendly climate goals for 2030 which could advance buildings efficiency action at the expense of measures in the industry, power and transport sectors.Debate on whether Europe needs binding 2030 targets for energy efficiency and renewables – as well as greenhouse gas emissions – is heating up ahead of an EU communication on the subject later this year.
Post date: 15 Oct 2013