Sustainable Energy

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Energy Commissioner Piebalgs joined the blogosphere last Friday with his first weekly post. He’s actually the 9th Commissioner starting up a blog. The initiative could be significant for various reasons: Participation of policy makers to the energy blogosphere  has been lagging other sectors. Mr Piebalgs’ example hopefully inspires other policy makers to reach out beyond… » read more

Posted by Hans De Keulenaer

This webinar will discuss the EU’s policy on energy efficiency, focusing on the recent National Energy Efficiency Action Plans (NEEAPs) submitted in the context of the Energy Services Directive. These NEEAPs from the 27 Member States offer for the first time a unique panorama on energy efficiency in Europe, as well as an ultimate compendium… » read more

Posted by Ingenheiro

Based on a Discussion Webinar, Friday, 18 January 2008 How best to heat a house is a question that is often hotly debated. On one side, it is a purely personal choice affecting our daily life and personal comfort and productivity. But on the other side, given the enormous amount of heating energy the global… » read more

Posted by Hans De Keulenaer

Does energy efficiency come at the cost of lower reliability? Or does reliability reduce energy efficiency? Considering efficiency and security of power as a tradeoff may be the wrong perspective. The need for reliability can be driven by safety concerns (e.g. airport traffic control), social considerations (e.g. healthcare facilities) or an economic rationale (e.g. internet… » read more

Posted by Hans De Keulenaer

UK sets example, will California be next? The UK is taking the lead in sustainable building. In 2007, new housing regulations were agreed upon and go into full force in stages over the upcoming years. The regulations stipulate that from 2016 on, all new homes in the UK will have to be zero-emission for heating,… » read more

Posted by Bruno De Wachter

Energy Efficiency (EE) efforts have fallen off The International Energy Agency (IEA) compiled an interesting graph, based on information about 10 European countries plus the U.S., Canada, New Zealand and Japan. It can be found on the Executive summary of the book ‘Energy Use in the New Millennium: Trends in the IEA countries’, published on… » read more

Posted by Bruno De Wachter

The super-efficient society

At Leonardo ENERGY, we’re starting a reflection about the elements of the super-efficient society. Many of you have heard of Factor 4, and the derived Factor 10 or even Factor 20 schools of thought. In the milestone book ‘Factor 4’, many solutions are more like an incremental improvement rather than a step change. The building… » read more

Posted by Hans De Keulenaer