Paying for a service to accelerate deployment of energy-efficient technologies

Although energy-efficient technologies are available and their economic benefits are clear, there are several barriers that prevent these from being deployed, including high up-front costs, perception of greater performance risk, and other investment priorities. Dimitris Karamitsos writes on the weforum website about a way to overcome those barriers through servitisation.   What is servitisation, and … Continue reading Paying for a service to accelerate deployment of energy-efficient technologies

A new type of air conditioning that uses much less energy

Chilled panels use less energy than conventional A/C and work in open spaces. The new technology is described in a news item on the University of British Columbia website. This ‘Cold Tube’ can beat the summer heat without relying on air conditioning Many people beat the summer heat by cranking the air conditioning. However, air … Continue reading A new type of air conditioning that uses much less energy

Post-Brexit energy performance standards: to be more ambitious?

The UK Government claims it wants to take the opportunity to set more ‘ambitious’ rules after the end of the post-Brexit transition period. This obviously means that the UK will not stay in ecodesign that is the directive for minimum energy performance standards for products or the energy labelling regulation. This will be quite a … Continue reading Post-Brexit energy performance standards: to be more ambitious?

International action to make cooling appliances more energy efficient and climate friendly could bring many benefits

Energy-efficient, climate-friendly cooling could prevent up to 460 billion metric tons of GHG emissions over the next 40 years. Tine Stausholm discusses a new report in an article on the r744 website.   Energy Efficient Cooling ‘Critical’ to Reach Climate Goals, UN Report International action to make cooling appliances more energy efficient and climate friendly … Continue reading International action to make cooling appliances more energy efficient and climate friendly could bring many benefits

Could this be the moment for refurbishing and reusing existing equipment?

As the pandemic has impacted supply chains, some electronics manufacturers have struggled to produce new equipment. Chetna Krishna writes on the Deutsche Welle website about the issues related to reusing existing equipment.   Can the pandemic help us to embrace refurbished electronics As the pandemic has impacted supply chains, some electronics manufacturers have struggled to … Continue reading Could this be the moment for refurbishing and reusing existing equipment?

New EEA briefing on importance of extending lifetime of electronics

Extending the lifetime and delaying obsolescence of electronics can significantly reduce their environmental and climate impacts and contribute to meeting the European Union’s (EU) environment, climate and circular economy objectives. According to a European Environment Agency (EEA) briefing, published this week, smartphones, televisions, washing machines and vacuum cleaners all are used on average for shorter … Continue reading New EEA briefing on importance of extending lifetime of electronics

Chemicals leaking from old equipment are delaying the recovery of the ozone layer, scientists say

Polluting emissions from old fridges, foam insulation and outdated air conditioning units are slowing the recovery of the ozone layer over Antarctica.  Madeleine Cuff discusses latest developments in an article on the inews website.   Emissions from old fridges and air conditioning units slowing recovery of ozone Polluting emissions from old fridges, foam insulation and … Continue reading Chemicals leaking from old equipment are delaying the recovery of the ozone layer, scientists say

New Ecodesign measures: adding new energy savings to reach 2030 target

The European Commission recently adopted new Ecodesign measures for 10 product groups. For the first time, the measures include requirements for repairability and recyclability, contributing to circular economy objectives by improving the life span, maintenance, re-use, upgrade, recyclability and waste handling of appliances. Industry, environmental and consumer groups welcomed these new requirements.  The Commission has … Continue reading New Ecodesign measures: adding new energy savings to reach 2030 target

Air conditioning: definite benefits but at a cost

More and more we are having to address cooling, particularly as high temperatures are plaguing many countries, as we have seen this summer in Europe. Carine Sebi, Assistant Professor – Economics at the Grenoble École de Management (GEM) provides a good review of the current situation and future possibilities in an article on The Conversation … Continue reading Air conditioning: definite benefits but at a cost

Buildings can be designed to keep the heat out and avoid air conditioning

In Europe we have gone through an incredibly hot period and there is every likelihood there will be more. Aurore Julien, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Design at the University of East London gives her views on The Conversation website about what design changes are need to cool buildings without air conditioning.   How to keep … Continue reading Buildings can be designed to keep the heat out and avoid air conditioning