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Deutschland: Bundesweiter Heizspiegel 2010 gestartet

Der neue Bundesweite Heizspiegel zeigt: Im vergangenen Jahr haben die Haushalte in Deutschland durchschnittlich 718 Euro für das Heizen ausgegeben. Das entspricht einer Minderung um 14 Prozent gegenüber dem Vorjahr. Der Rückgang der...

European Parliament adopts EPBD recast

Buildings are responsible for 40% of energy consumption and 36% of EU CO2 emissions. Energy performance of buildings is key to achieve the EU Climate & Energy objectives, namely the reduction of a 20% of the Greenhouse gases emissions...

UK: Cutting central government emissions by 10% in 12 months

A government steering group will be established to ensure the delivery of this emissions target. The steering group will be chaired by the Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne, and comprise representatives from key departments...

German Bundestag adopts modification of solar power feed-in tariffs

These corrections were necessary as market prices dropped by around 30 per cent last year. Therefore the amendment now provides for further reductions of the feed-in tariffs in addition to the original degression rate stipulated in the EEG...

South Africa goes green for World Cup, or does it?

According to the Feasibility Study for a Carbon Neutral 2010 FIFA World Cup, offsetting the domestic carbon footprint of the 2010 World Cup could cost between €5.0 and 8.8 million, and this does not include offsetting international flights...

Edinburgh council homes investment hitting the mark

This year £30m is focused on continuing the city's progress on SHQS which includes:£11.2m invested in the Council's flagship kitchen and bathroom programme benefiting around 1,500 householders £1.3m of rewiring to make homes comply with...

IEA sees great potential for solar, providing up to a quarter of world electricity by 2050

"It is particularly appropriate to present the two solar roadmaps in Valencia today, given that Spain has taken a leading role globally in promoting solar power and other forms of renewable energy," said Mr. Tanaka. "The combination of...

Climate change: Commissioner Hedegaard invites EU business heads to round table on maintaining low-carbon leadership

"It is of the utmost importance that the EU maintain its global lead as the world shifts towards a low-carbon economy," says Commissioner Hedegaard. "This is critical for Europe's future economic growth, our competitiveness, the creation...

Decentral heating pump system tested in practice

The reduction of the heating energy is made possible through a new basic principle of the heating system allowing to distribute the heat more efficient than conventional systems. Each radiator is supplied with heat only in case of demand....

Dezentrales Pumpensystem im Praxistest

Die Ersparnis bei der Heizenergie wird durch ein neues Grundprinzip der Heizung ermöglicht, das die Wärmeverteilung effizienter als das herkömmliche System organisiert. Jeder Heizkörper wird nur bei Bedarf mit Wärme versorgt – nicht von...

Deutsch-chinesisches Kooperationsprojekt: Innovationspavillon auf dem Gelände des German Centre in Pudong/Shanghai

Der auf dem Gelände des German Centre in Shanghai errichtete Pavillon demonstriert auch den Einsatz regenerativer Energieträger wie Luft, Sonne und Erdwärme. Zur Heizung und Kühlung wird oberflächennahe Erdwärme zur Wandtemperierung und...

Expo leading the way to a greener, cleaner future

"Green, low-carbon and environmental protection are the themes of the World Expo," said Shou Ziqi, director of the commission. "The whole process of Expo designing, construction, operation and after-Expo use are all in line with the...

EXPO Shanghai: Opening of German Pavilion “Balancity”

On the first day after opening, Commissioner General Dietmar Schmitz already welcomed a host of high-ranking guests to the German Pavilion. In addition to Lady Catherine Ashton, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy...

Canada: New act powers British Columbia forward with clean energy and jobs

The new Clean Energy Act sets the foundation for three areas of priority:1. Ensuring Electricity Self-Sufficiency at Low Rates The act will strengthen B.C.’s legislated goal of electricity self-sufficiency by 2016 with a...

In vier Schritten zur Solaranlage - Was bei der Installation einer thermischen Solaranlage beachtet werden muss

Schritt 1 - Der richtige Zeitpunkt Wer jetzt eine neue Heizung mit Solaranlage installiert, spart dauerhaft Energiekosten und hat schon in diesem Sommer genügend Solarenergie für warmes Wasser. Thomas Kwapich,...

Deutschland: Gute Beispiele für Energieeffizienz in Kommunen gesucht

Energieeffizienzprojekte entlasten die öffentlichen Kassen und schaffen Handlungsspielräume für Kommunen. Möglichkeiten zum Energiesparen gibt es viele, von der Neustrukturierung des öffentlichen Nahverkehrs über die Schulung von...

Deutschland: Bundestag beschließt Änderung der Solarvergütung

Die Korrektur der Vergütungen wurde notwendig, da im vergangenen Jahr die Marktpreise um rund 30 Prozent gesunken sind. Deshalb werden nun, zusätzlich zur ohnehin im EEG angelegten Degression, die Vergütungssätze zwischen 11 Prozent für...

New information paper on recommendations to policy makers to improve the quality and impact of EPBD regulations

The EPBD requires Member States to define building energy performance requirements... but did the Member States take this opportunity to strengthen their existing legislation? Member States are free to define their calculation methods and...

EU conference: 500 cities pledge to reduce CO2 by more than 20%

Günther Oettinger, Commissioner responsible for energy said: "The Covenant of Mayors has become a key element of the EU sustainable energy policy. Regions and cities are demonstrating that climate mitigation is one of the best economic...

Introduction of energy performance certificates for buildings in South Africa

When buying a car or appliance, an energy efficiency label, usually indicating energy efficiency classes, is displayed to inform the consumer of the product's energy efficiency. When talking about energy efficiency in the built environment...