‘In 2011, for the first time, European investments in renewable energies were higher than for conventional fuels. Europe already produces over 3.8 GW from wind power alone!’ said Oettinger, adding that there would be ‘no sustainable economic growth without sustainable energy’. The Commissioner promised ‘more jobs in renewable energy, on top of the million we have already created’.
Post date: 30 jan 2013
One might ask why certify at all? The reasons vary from stronger branding with an environmental profile and ensuring a good indoor environment, to energy efficiency and “guaranteed” building quality leading to more tenants and higher occupancy rates which ultimately can give increased financial value of a building. All this leads to an important message which is to understand the certification systems and to be able to compare them on a good level.
Post date: 26 jan 2013
The main aim of REScoop 20-20-20, a new IEE-supported initiative (launched in April, 2012) according to Dirk Vansintjan, the project’s coordinator, ‘... is to bring to the surface all the renewable energy cooperatives around Europe; all the pioneers responsible for these initiatives, all their expertise, and all their experiences—both good and bad.’
Post date: 10 jan 2013
Published results of this project include so far:
Post date: 10 déc 2012
Published results of the project include:
Post date: 6 déc 2012
Terms like "net zero energy", "zero net energy", "net zero carbon" or "EQuilibrium" buildings are in widespread use. But these terms have different meaning and are poorly understood, even though several IEA countries have adopted them as goal of their building energy policies.
IEA SHC project "Task 40" aims at filling this gap with a clear definition and international agreement on the measures of building performance that could inform "zero energy" building policies, programmes and industry adoption.
Post date: 6 déc 2012
The website contains news, benefits, certification criteria, climate data, etc.
Post date: 29 nov 2012
A second round of grants is now being offered in the following programs:
Post date: 21 nov 2012
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Post date: 11 juil 2012
The cost implications of improving the energy efficiency of appliances is a vital input for those involved in developing sustainable energy policies. Residential appliances contribute 30% of all electricity generated in OECD countries, producing 12% of all energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. They are the second largest consumer of electricity and the third largest emitter of greenhouse gas emissions in the OECD. By 2020 it is estimated that residential appliance electricity consumption will have grown by 25% compared to current levels (OECD/IEA, 2003).
Post date: 6 juil 2012