Practices

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Low-carbon energy finance: new insights for modelers and policy makers

While many studies analyse the innovation, diffusion, and cost developments of low-carbon energy technologies, little research is dedicated to analysing the financing dynamics of these technologies. On November 27, 2018, Prof. Tobias...
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Energy Efficiency accelerating the shift to a decarbonised Europe

Companies call for net-zero emissions by 2050 to help transition to low-carbon economy.   Climate change is defining our era. If our behavior doesn’t change, we risk missing the moment when we can avoid the disastrous consequences of...
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A new book on Building Performance Simulation and Characterisation of Adaptive Facades

The unique feature of adaptive facades is their capability to adapt physical properties (i.e. thermooptical, structural, etc.) in a reversible way as a response to and/or to adjust to transient boundary conditions (either external, such as...
This book is based upon work from COST Action TU 1403 adaptive facade network, supported by COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology). COST is a pan-European intergovernmental framework. Its mission is to enable break-through...
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Research&Innovation enabling the EU's energy transition

The SET Plan promotes cooperation amongst EU countries, companies, research institutions and the EU itself. It has confirmed its role as a platform for knowledge exchange and for partnership creation, evolving and adapting to address low-...
The European Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET Plan) aims at accelerating the development and deployment of low-carbon technologies, at improving new technologies and at bringing down their costs, by coordinating national research...
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Ex-post assessment of Public Private Partnership: a guide for public authorities

The purpose of this report is to help public authorities who are responsible either for implementing and monitoring Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) or for devising PPP policy to define and plan ex-ante those performance indicators that...
News

Finance and investment challenges presented in the 8th edition of Renovate Europe’s REDay

The Club of Rome’s first report and early whistle-blowers’ calls from the late 1960s on the Earth’s environmental stress, are today backed by concrete facts and data on the need for change. A significant 40 % of energy use relates to...
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Fostering local fiscal policies to promote renewable energy sources at a municipal level

The aim of the LOCAL4GREEN project is to help local authorities to establish and implement innovative local fiscal policies which are geared towards promoting renewable energy sources in the public-private sector and in homes especially...
The LOCAL Policies for GREEN Energy initiative (LOCAL4GREEN, 2016-2019 execution period) is a project financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) within the framework of...
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Spatial representation of low-voltage network hosting capacity for photovoltaic roof-top installations using an open-source tool

Just as solar cadastres have become the norm to assess the roof-top PV potential in the last years, assessing the hosting capacity of the low-voltage network for electrical production is on the path to becoming a necessity for an efficient...
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Scalable innovative financing for smart buildings

The clean energy transition represents a key opportunity for public authorities, investors and businesses to unlock financing for Smart Buildings and address the needs of European citizens while driving the energy transition forward.  ...
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The European EPC market

Within H2020 guarantEE project, 14 experienced partners will develop innovative business and financing models for performance-based ESCO (Energy Service COmpanies) projects. For rented facilities, the aim is to develop and test solutions...
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Italian white certificates: the new rules

The Italian white certificates scheme (WhC) has been facing in the last years serious issues, related to the lack of certificates to cover the scheme’s target, skyrocketing market prices, frauds with simplified (standard) energy saving...
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Guaranteed savings through EPC in Sports & Fitness Centres of Dublin

Dublin City Council awarded its first Energy Performance Contract (EPC) project to Noel Lawler Green Energy Solutions in July 2016, working closely with Dublin’s Energy Agency Codema in procuring this contract to upgrade three of its...
Dublin City Council awarded Ireland’s first local authority Energy Performance Contract (EPC) project to Noel Lawler Green Energy Solutions. Working closely with the Dublin Energy Agency Codema, the project will save the council up to €100...
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The Project ENLARGE: 31 best practices to renovate governance in Europe

ENLARGE aims to generate and disseminate knowledge on participatory governance -- with focus on sustainable energy -- through a process of dialogue and exchange involving policymakers, civil society actors and practitioners.   The report...
ENLARGE is a two-year project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. It aims to generate and disseminate knowledge on participatory governance with focus on sustainable energy, through a process of...
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Aligning district energy and building energy efficiency

This report supports the Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA) and the District Energy in Cities Initiative, two initiatives under Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL). While the focus is on the City of Belgrade, the aim of this report is...
BPIE supported the UN Environment Programme and the City of Belgrade, as part of the Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA) Initiative under the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Initiative, by exploring the synergies between aligning...
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Are smart cities ready for Europe's new privacy measures?

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.  ...
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Public Authorities, how to implement energy efficiency policies and stimulate investments?

Based on needs assessments and good practices analysis, the PUBLENEF partners developed policy roadmaps in 12 cities and regions from across Europe to implement energy efficiency pathways towards sustainability. In the frame of the...
PUBLENEF’s final conference was the ideal frame to take stock of the current energy efficiency policies and discuss the upcoming changes and potential enhancements. The PUBLENEF Horizon 2020 project since February 2016 has been focusing on...
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European energy efficiency services markets and quality: a report from QualitEE project

Funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme, the QualitEE project aims to increase investment in energy efficiency services in the building sector within the EU and improve trust in service providers. This will be achieved by developing...
This report has been developed as part of the "QualitEE – Quality Certification Frameworks for Energy Efficiency Services" project supported by the EU's Horizon 2020 programme.
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Application of IoT and Machine Learning techniques for the assessment of thermal comfort perception

Abstract:   Thermal comfort is traditionally assessed by using the PMV index defined according to the EN ISO 7730:2005 where the user passively interacts with the surrounding environment considering a physic-based model built on a steady-...
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Heat Pumps to decarbonize heating and cooling

Heat pump technology can deliver major economic, environmental and energy system benefits to Europe. Heat pumps use renewable energy and may be the single most efficient technology for heating and cooling, particularly when both services...
Case

Vacuum Insulation Panel technology used in façade insulation of the Grand Tower Frankfurt

VIPA International Case study: Vacuum Insulation Panel technology used in façade insulation of the Grand Tower Frankfurt The Challenge   The population in many large cities has been exploding for years. At the same time, there is limited...