By providing citizens with a bigger power and control over their personal information, the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) represents a challenge to smart cities, which use also personal data to offer intelligent services.
Post date: 14 Nov 2018
The World Energy Council’s Energy Trilemma Index tool, produced in partnership with Oliver Wyman, ranks countries on their ability to provide sustainable energy through 3 dimensions: Energy security, Energy equity (accessibility and affordability), Environmental sustainability. The ranking measures overall performance in achieving a sustainable mix of policies and the balance score highlights how well a country manages the trade-offs of the Trilemma with "A" being the best. Use this interactive Index to assess the sustainability of national energy policies.
Post date: 15 Oct 2018
The present document constitutes the Implementation Plan (IP) in actuation of the European Stakeholders Declaration for Action 4 “Increase the resilience and security of the energy system" (19 November 2016). It gathers the consensus of 15 country representatives about the R&I actions to be implemented in coordination, in order to achieve the challenging targets set in the Declaration.
Post date: 28 Aug 2018
Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and Internet of Things (IoT) have assumed a key role for energy efficiency in buildings: sensors (temperature sensor in a room, electrical power measuring device), actuators (HVAC room controller, motor), complex devices (PLC providing home, building or industrial automation), monitoring systems are a common standard that involves a wide range of stakeholders – from designers, to integrators, to operators and users.
Ae we ready to manage the risks and benefits of IoT in smart buildings?
Post date: 29 Jun 2018
The automated home and office market is predicted to grow quickly in the next few years. But as reports of cyber attacks increase, is it still possible for a home to be a castle in the age of smart buildings, or are we lowering the drawbridge to hackers?
Smart buildings offer better energy efficiency and the kind of futuristic mod cons that appeal to many consumers, but some experts warn our appetite for new technology is putting us at risk from increasingly sophisticated cyber attacks.
Post date: 14 Mar 2017
The 2016 Energy Efficiency Market Report by the International Energy Agency (IEA) presents the key indicators of energy efficiency progress and policy development worldwide.
To achieve the core objectives such as the reduction of energy bills, the increase of energy access, the improvement of energy security while addressing the climate change and air pollution, a strong energy policy is crucial.
Post date: 10 Oct 2016
A recent analysis from BPIE on the vulnerability to gas supply disruptions concludes that Central and South East European (SEE) countries are facing a strategic choice.
International developments over the past few years have intensified the energy challenges facing Central and Southern European countries. The interruption of Russian gas supply via Ukraine, volatile global oil prices and divergent interests of State actors have renewed Europe’s concerns about its energy dependency.
Post date: 7 Sep 2016
An analysis of the vulnerability to gas supply disruptions concludes that Central and South East European (SEE) countries are facing a strategic choice. The latest BPIE report finds that Slovakia and Hungary face a severe risk, and Bulgaria a substantial risk to be unable to heat the national building stocks. The report presents a new Building Vulnerability Indicator and offers an alternative solution to mitigating supply risks through building renovation.
Post date: 7 Sep 2016
Climate change and energy cooperation were high on the agenda at the meeting of the world's major advanced and emerging economies in Hangzhou, China, on 4 and 5 September 2016. The Group of 20 (G20) reiterated their commitment to sustainable development, strong and effective support and actions to address climate change.
Post date: 7 Sep 2016
European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete participated in the second ever G20 Energy Ministerial meeting in Beijing, China. At the meeting, energy ministers agreed on a communiqué reaffirming their commitment to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.
Post date: 6 Jul 2016