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
Could you tell us about EPEC’s work, especially how it relates to investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy?EPEC was established in September 2008 as a unique cooperative initiative of the EIB, the European Commission and EU Candidate Countries and Member States. We have an international team of 18 professionals working on a range of PPP issues alongside Member States.
Post date: 26 jan 2013
Mentioning a '20% increase in energy efficiency' as one of the main priorities set out in the Europe 2020 strategy for 'smart, sustainable and inclusive growth,' Hahn spoke firmly about the important role of cities in acheiving these ends:
'There has been much talk in Brussels in the past couple of years about these objectives and how to achieve them,' said Hahn. 'I can tell you one thing very clearly: we will never achieve them without Europe's cities.
Post date: 15 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
Hannover, 22.11.2012 – More than half of the overall world population is living in urban areas - with rising tendency. The permanently increasing urbanization can be driven to more sustainability by ecological concepts for mobility, energy-efficient buildings and intelligent energy supply. Intelligent energy supply had also been the main subject of the well-attended “Sustainable Energy in Buildings and Urban Areas” Symposium (SEBUA 2012) which took place in Kusadasi near Izmir/Turkey from October 14 – 20, 2012.
Post date: 4 déc 2012
Energy Community Energy Efficiency Task Force is an expert group which supports various aspects of implementation of energy efficiency directives (including EPBD) in the Contracting Parties of the Energy Community (Western Balkan countries, Moldova and Ukraine).
Post date: 9 nov 2012
Energy efficiency in buildings is at the forefront of this effort. Inter alia:
Post date: 8 oct 2012
Energy security, economic development and efficiency of environmental protection, have long been the main objectives and correlated to national economies. Particularly when even after more than 30 years since the first energy crisis is not fully resolved the most important equations of the global world - providing sufficient energy, in economic, and environmentally friendly way, because the demand for energy is constantly increasing.
Post date: 4 sep 2012
In 2010, UNECE (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe) member countries have developed an Action Plan for Energy-efficient Housing in the UNECE Region.
The present National Action Plan of Montenegro for Energy-efficiency Measures in the Residential Sector is the first spin-off of this Action Plan. It aims at assisting the Government of Montenegro in enhancing its energy-efficiency policy for residential buildings.
Post date: 24 mai 2012
Post date: 22 mai 2012