Call for an EU buildings energy renovation strategy

Call for an EU buildings energy renovation strategy

The Joint Research Centre of the European Commission this week launched a new report Energy Renovation: The Trump Card for the New Start for Europe. The report highlights that a more comprehensive approach to energy renovation is instrumental for reaching the EU 2020 goals for energy savings. Furthermore there are important implications for growth and … Continue reading

Rethinking energy efficiency

Rethinking energy efficiency

Andrew Warren of the UK’s Association for the Conservation of Energy provides an excellent article in Building Magazine about how the European Commission is now treating energy efficiency as the first fuel. He commends this approach and contrasts this with the latest UK position to put old-fashioned supply-side solutions first. What can you say about … Continue reading

What is the driver behind our environmental values?

What is the driver behind our environmental values?

Have you thought about why you have a certain attitude towards environmental issues? Chris Mooney writes in the Washington Post about new that it helps us better understand why different people respond differently to the environment. This is a must read for EiD followers.   The surprising psychology behind why some people become environmentalists The … Continue reading

What is the future of carbon capture and storage?

What is the future of carbon capture and storage?

Arthur Neslen writes a good article in The Guardian about the grim reality of deploying carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology. As Neslen argues, in Norway capturing and burying carbon emissions has brought down one prime minister, been likened to a national ‘moon landing’ by another and left the country’s highest-emitting gas plant as a … Continue reading

The Road to Paris: focus on Canada

The Road to Paris: focus on Canada

Canada has a very complicated attitude towards addressing climate change. Once a strong proponent of a global approach through the Kyoto Protocol, it changed completely and has confused the global community about what its true priorities are. In Europe, it is now better known for promoting the export of its oil from its tar sands … Continue reading

Can we “justify” wasting energy?

Can we “justify” wasting energy?

This is a must read for all followers of EiD. Chris Mooney writes a very good article in the Washington Post about how we justify our wasteful actions. What do you think about this?   The bizarre way that we justify actions that waste energy and are bad for the environment Maybe you are familiar … Continue reading

Nationally recognised standards for competency-based certification programs important for improving energy performance of buildings

Nationally recognised standards for competency-based certification programs important for improving energy performance of buildings

Lauren Zullo, a staff member of the US Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) writes an important article on the NRDC staff blog website about the importance of better training and certification of building energy professionals. Hopefully we are seeing the same attention to workforce guidelines in Europe.   New Workforce Guidelines Will Promote Energy Efficiency … Continue reading