While energy efficiency via retrofitting old buildings and giving more control to citizens over their energy demand are part of the Cologne project, just as they are in many other European cities, the CO2 emissions produced by urban traffic are also a major headache.
Cologne has identified four possible solutions that, when implemented, should reduce traffic emissions by a targeted 60%:
Post date: 26 Aug 2019
The ExcEED platform provides different tools featuring building performance in operational conditions, allowing you, as a platform user, to visualise the energy and comfort data of your building; assess your buildings’ performance through 27 Key Performance Indicators (KPIs); benchmark your building with similar ones uploaded on the platform, or with another building from your own portfolio.
Post date: 21 Aug 2019
As part of the dissemination tasks of 4RinEU, training and skills development is a substantial component. Particularly, such tasks are devoted to developing the necessary skills for a new generation of practitioners in the energy retrofit of buildings.
Accordingly, last Spring, researchers from Eurac held a two-day training session on the software Early-RENo last 16-17 May 2019.
Post date: 12 Aug 2019
Climate change is driving Europe to transform its energy sector. As we transition from a fossil-based to a zero-carbon economy in the next few decades, we will use more renewable energy, and the electricity we generate won’t come from a central plant. Instead, it will come from multiple, decentralised renewable energy sources that are near to load demands. But is the existing networking capable of hosting this increase in capacity? And how would the electrical grids of the future work?
Post date: 31 Jul 2019
President Salomé Zourabichvili of Georgia has joined a high-level global commission that is studying how to quickly speed up energy efficiency progress through new and stronger policy action. The new panel is composed of senior government figures, top business executives and energy sector thought leaders from around the world. It will produce a concise list of clear, actionable recommendations next year for policy actions that can be taken by countries across the globe to rapidly accelerate progress on energy efficiency.
Post date: 30 Jul 2019
The University of Chester’s Energy Centre at Thornton Science Park is working with PowerHouse Energy to ‘turn off the plastic tap into the ocean’ to ultimately clean it up. The innovative technology turns waste plastic into electricity and low-cost hydrogen, which can be used for transport fuel. The process takes all mixed waste plastic in an untreated unsorted contaminated form and requires no sorting or washing. This ground breaking technology has the potential to not only create a green fuel but to clean up plastic from the world’s oceans.
Post date: 29 Jul 2019
Statistically, 40 percent of energy consumption and 36 percent of emissions come from buildings.
Although this has prompted energy efficiency to become one of the EU’s top priorities and led the EU to acknowledge that buildings are key to achieving its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80-95 percent by 2050, it is not always easy to encourage deep renovation.
Post date: 22 Jul 2019
SSPCR 2019 aims to answer the question on how can we maximize the impact of academic research, the scaling-up and replicability opportunities of pilot projects, and the added value of local bottom-up initiatives, in relation to complex challenges posed by the smart city/region approach?
Therefore, building projects that wish to put their work in a larger (urban or regional scale) will find in this conference the right audience.
Post date: 16 Jul 2019
ASSIST is a 3-year H2020 project that started in 2017. It is implemented in six countries: Italy, Spain, UK, Poland, Finland and Belgium.
The idea is to contribute to tackle energy poverty through operators with integrated competencies.
Post date: 15 Jul 2019
In a first step, the DGNB criteria for new buildings will be adapted to local peculiarities in Spain and tested in a pilot phase.
This adaptation should be completed by mid-2020. Other forms of certification of the DGNB, for example in the field of renovation, for buildings in use or for urban districts, will be available in Spain in the future as well.
Post date: 15 Jul 2019