Europe’s heating and cooling is a climate time bomb, with the sector responsible for almost half of the EU’s energy consumption and a third of its CO2 emissions.
Ageing buildings bear much of the blame, with a large part of the energy used to heat our homes going to waste due to poor insulation. A wave of deep renovation is desperately needed, but that is not the whole story.
Post date: 29 Jul 2020
In the EU, air pollution is responsible for around 400,000 premature deaths every year. Poor air quality can lead to lung cancer, strokes, heart attacks and acute respiratory diseases in children.
Poland’s Małopolska region, along with parts of Czechia and Slovakia, is one of Europe’s most polluted areas. Pollution is particularly heavy in winter when, to keep their homes warm, people burn coal and sometimes waste, releasing smog into the air that threatens people’s health.
Post date: 9 Sep 2019
European researchers are developing a device that stores and uses solar energy to provide both hot water and mechanical ventilation for multifamily houses. Moreover, an app linked to the machine monitors the users’ energy consumption
Nowadays households wanting to switch to solar energy have to deal with variability over time. In addition, if they are part of a condominium, the ability to store solar energy in an apartment without taking up significant living space is a big issue.
Post date: 14 Jun 2019
“We will co-finance the procurement and installation of biomass boilers and heat pumps by individuals with HRK 12 million. Depending on the location of the house, it is possible to get co-financing of between 40% and 80% of the project value, but not more than HRK 35,000 including VAT, to install a biomass system or up to HRK 45,000 for heat pump systems,” FZOEU Director Dubravko Ponoš said.
Post date: 6 Nov 2018
This document, produced by Cegibat, the information center of the French gas distribution company GRDF (Gaz réseau distribution France), provides a detailed list of the operations that need to be performed during the annual maintenance of a domestic gas boiler, from 4 to 400 kW. It presents the operations required by the French regulation (heating systems inspection) and gives further recommendations. It covers checks, cleaning and adjusting of the appliance.
Post date: 14 Sep 2016
Two European Directives – the Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Directives – and their accompanying regulations have introduced new requirements for fossil fuel boilers, as well as a label to inform about their performances. This article presents these requirements and the foreseen label.
The Ecodesign Directive for gas and oil boilers
Post date: 31 Aug 2016
This scheme is now closed.
“RYŚ” programme – Grants for thermo-renovation of single-family residential buildings in Poland
The “RYŚ” programme is administered by the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management WFOŚiGW. The fund was initiated in 2015 and is due to continue until 2023 with a total budget of €95M, that includes €29M for non-refundable forms of support.
Post date: 30 May 2016
Banking on renewables: Energy storage for prosumers - The role of energy storage in enabling consumer self-generation and consumption of electricity from renewables
Post date: 30 May 2016
The Slovak Innovation and Energy Agency (SIEA) has been established by the Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic as a professional state subsidy organisation which makes an important contribution in the achievement of governmental energy policy objectives, principally by promoting energy efficiency, new energy technologies and renewables.
Among the many tasks that SIEA performs is the provision of professional competence for energy auditors, boiler inspectors and air-conditioning system inspectors.
Post date: 18 Mar 2016
Through the new Energy Efficiency Incentive programme, a total of €165 million in the form of low-interest loans and interest subsidies will be available each year for a period of 3 years starting in 2016, for householders who would like to replace their heating system or install a ventilation system.
The Economic Affairs Ministry's new Energy Efficiency Incentive Programme provides important assistance in four areas in order to make the heating of buildings more efficient.
Post date: 14 Jan 2016