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Sustainable Energy Europe - awards competition 2010 - final deadline 15th December 2009

Awards are presented in 5 categories: Sustainable Energy Communities: Working together at a local, regional or national level, towards a genuine change in energy supply and energy use on the basis of a...

Saving energy with efficient Christmas illuminations

A study performed by the German energy agency (dena) has analysed the energy consumption and energy costs of christmas illuminations. Boundary conditions were:electricity price of 21 cent/kWh conventional fairylights with 140 W and 9 m...

UK Energy and Climate Change Department starts 'Pay as you save' pilots for refurbishment of homes

Homeowners in Birmingham, Sunderland, London Borough of Sutton and Stroud will be testing out new ways to finance whole house energy makeovers under the Government’s £4m Pay As You Save scheme. Following an open competition, Birmingham...

Number of signatories to Covenant of Mayors reaches 1000

This milestone marks ten months of exceptional growth for the Covenant of Mayors’ initiative, as the number of local authorities participating has almost trebled since the first signing ceremony in February 2009. “I welcome the commitment...

Test yourself: Climate change and Copenhagen

COP15 opening session: Let's get it done

Her speech included also the following words: "For a long time, Copenhagen was the name of a distant deadline. Next year, next COP, next month… But now it is now! Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the Danish capital! After 'B' for Bonn,...

Information and success stories about ground source heat pumps

Promoting the uptake of alternative energy systems

German Federal Environment Ministry sponsors climate action days at schools with 500 € and a "climate box"

UK energy system gets smart

Lord Hunt said: “A global climate deal in Copenhagen needs all countries to make the most ambitious commitments possible, but it will also require all of us to change how we lead our lives and how we generate our energy. ... Smart meters...

European Investment Bank funds for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects across South Africa

“This loan is part of the European Investment Bank’s continued strong commitment to promoting economic development across South Africa. Working closely with FirstRand Bank to increase electricity generation capacity and promote use of...

EU energy efficiency measures contribute to stabilise electricity consumption

The 'Electricity Consumption and Efficiency Trends in the European Union' report, issued on 30 November 2009 by the JRC Institute for Energy (IE), calculates the market share of energy-efficient appliances and equipment and the energy...

Energy efficiency winners of the European Aluminium in Renovation Award 2009 unveiled at the European Parliament

Residential winner: "Torenflat" in Zeist (NL), Frowijn de Roos Architecten The Torenflat (high-rise apartment block) contains 484 apartments on central corridors on 19 residential levels. One of the important objectives...

UK report says the country lacks skills to make the transition to a low-carbon economy

The Aldersgate Group is a strategic coalition of businesses, NGOs, think tanks and individuals, who believe in that high environmental standards are essential for future economic growth and competitiveness. Aldersgate Group Project Chair...

Study on energy saving user behaviour in British homes presents first results

With Copenhagen Climate Change Conference just a couple of weeks away, the environment is likely to remain a hot topic amongst the British public, says Professor Nick Buck of the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) at the...

New York: Municipal clean energy loan legislation passed Senate and Assembly

“By passing the municipal sustainable energy loan program bill during the extraordinary session, we are putting New York municipalities in a position to compete for $454 million in federal stimulus funds,” Congressman Israel said. “PACE...

Energy efficient Christmas illumination of the Champs-Elysees

A total of one million lighting points have been used to create a unique lighting scene along the 2.4 km from the Arc de Triomphe to Concorde. More than 415 trees, including for the first time the two rows of trees lining the avenue, will...

Six common indicators for Sustainable Buildings unveiled

The Sustainable Building Alliance is non-profit, non-partisan, international network of standard setting organizations, national building research centres and key property industry and construction sector stakeholders, that is intended to...

A common Carbon language for all

Just weeks ahead of COP15 in Copenhagen, this is a critical and timely step that will enable the world to realise the unparalleled, cost-effective carbon mitigation potential of buildings, which account for around 40% of the world's energy...

EPBD recast: paper documenting the agreement between Parliament and Council