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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

German energy check for free results in every second building being retrofitted

According to this ratio the 70000 energy checks of 2009 will result in about 840 Mio Euro for investments into climate protection. A survey at bulding owners that have not participated in the energy checks resulted in considerably lower...

Construction Law in Poland amended again

The text of the Act is available in PDF format.

EU Commissioner Piebalgs welcomes political agreement on energy performance of buildings

Commissioner Andris Piebalgs said: "Energy performance of buildings is key to achieving our EU Climate & Energy objectives for 2020, namely the reduction of Greenhouse gas emissions and the achievement of a 20% of energy savings. By...

European Parliament and Council agreed on Energy Efficiency Package

“I am very pleased that the Swedish Presidency today has reached an agreement with the European Parliament on these two directives. Buildings account for 40 % of Europe’s energy use and are therefore an important piece of the puzzle to...

EPBD recast: Agreement reached between the Council and the Parliament

By the end of 2020 EU Member States must ensure that all newly-constructed buildings have a "very high energy performance", under new rules agreed in Brussels on Monday 16  November 2009 night. And their energy needs must be covered to a...

UK Department of Energy and Climate Change signs up to 10:10 campaign

The Department’s London headquarters also published today its latest monthly energy efficiency rating for October which is a ‘D’. Compared to this time last year, DECC has reduced its use of gas by 90% and its use of electricity by 22%....

IEA's "World Energy Outlook 2009" confirms EU energy and climate policies are on the right track

The WEO 2009 sets out a timetable of actions needed to limit the long-term concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere to 450 parts per million of carbon-dioxide equivalent and to keep the global temperature rise to around 2 °...

Summary of the first District Energy Climate Summit

The obligations on municipalities and cities around the world to lower their CO2 and to increase their energy efficiency while still maintaining reliability are increasingly pressing; however, district energy is proving to be a solution to...

WWF publishes report on climate friendly national policies

A Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system in Mexico has shown that green solutions have strong potential to increase comfort and quality in life - important considerations for fast-growing, emerging economies. China's programme of targets for the...

EU database on legal issues concerning electricity generated from renewable energy sources completed

For further information go to RES-LEGAL.eu or RES-LEGAL.de. The website also contains a search function and a glossary.

European prototype tool for the evaluation of building performance

The tool includes the following features:Data handling: General features for storing time series data. Data visualization: “Intelligent” data visualisation on the basis of the minimal data set that reveals “operation patterns”. Building...

Greece has a new independent Ministry for the Environment, Energy and Climate Change

According to Ms. Birbili, a new draft law for Renewable Energy Sources has already been prepared and will be put out on public consultation in November. The new draft law focuses on: Radical reorganization of the regulatory framework...

The Danish Government takes the lead in energy saving

The circular letter states that governmental institutions are obliged to:  Reduce energy consumption by 10 % Energy consumption determined as the total annual energy consumption measured in kWh within the ministry's...

US Vice President Biden unveils report focused on expanding green jobs and energy savings for middle class families

Existing techniques and technologies in energy efficiency retrofitting can reduce energy use by up to 40 percent per home and lower total associated greenhouse gas emissions by up to 160 million metric tons annually. Retrofitting existing...