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The dominating idea has for a long time been that taking action against climate change is risky business for a country and its industry. An idea underpinned by some economic thinking saying that unilateral action is at best useless and that policy measures must be strictly targeted – one problem requires one measure only. Otherwise… » read more

Posted by Hans Nilsson

President Barroso announced an interesting shift in the Chinese attitude to the post-Kyoto agreement when visiting Beijing last week. The Chinese premier Wen Jiabao is said to have indicated that China could participate fully in an international agreement provided that the old industrialised nations promised to reduce their emission till 2020 and that a financial… » read more

Posted by Hans Nilsson

In countries like Germany, Denmark, or the Netherlands, wind power is already so widespread that few on-shore sites are left on which new units can be built. Two main paths are being followed to further increase the electrical power generated by wind: building off-shore wind parks, and replacing existing wind turbines with new and larger… » read more

Posted by Hans De Keulenaer

This webinar discusses energy efficiency labelling and performance standards. Possible discussion topics are: Is ‘enlargement’ of the labeling scheme beneficial? How to accommodate the continuous improvement in technology? How to design schemes to phase-out old appliances? How to certify and harmonize testing centers? Financial incentives to stimulate efficient products in the market. The role of… » read more

Posted by Hans De Keulenaer

A report by a UK Parliamentary Committee on Communities and Local Government criticises the UK Government’s concentration on improving the energy performance new homes and paying too little attention to existing housing stock. The report highlights the energy deficiencies of existing stock, which, on average, emit twice as much carbon per home as one constructed… » read more

Posted by David Chapman

Based on a Discussion Webinar, Friday 7 March 2008 Without significant feed-in tariffs or other types of government support, photovoltaic energy is not yet competitive with fossil fuel or nuclear power generation. But the technology is on a learning curve and the so called “grid parity” – competitiveness with conventional electricity generation is approaching. But… » read more

Posted by Hans De Keulenaer

This discussion webinar takes place on Friday, March 21th, from 14h30 to 15h30. Content 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… » read more

Posted by Hans De Keulenaer

A new survey issued in the Eurobarometer investigates the attitudes of the Europeans to the environment. The survey is interesting and encouraging reading. The Europeans are distinctly prepared to rise to their responsibility towards environment and climate, and for a sustainable future. Not less than two thirds say that they consider that environmental protection to… » read more

Posted by Hans Nilsson

Based on a Discussion Webinar, Friday 29 February 2008 The EU’s Energy End-use Efficiency and Energy Services Directive came into force in April 2006. The directive prescribes that all Member States should present a series of National Action Plans of which the first one was due for June 2007. These 27 action plans produce for… » read more

Posted by Ingenheiro