Heat pumps show there is life beyond gas boilers

Heat pumps and solar thermal systems are keeping users all across Europe well in their comfort zones –  physically, financially, and environmentally. The latest Coolproducts analysis reveals that 88% of European users are satisfied with the switch to renewable heating.   Heat pumps perform successfully across Europe – New consumer analysis There is life beyond … Continue reading Heat pumps show there is life beyond gas boilers

How to stay cool – sustainably

Rising temperatures are leading to a surge in demand for cooling. But, ironically, the more we rely on energy-intensive air conditioners, the more the planet warms. Natalie Muller and Neil King discuss the options in an article on the Deutsche Welle website.   Climate emergency: Keeping homes cool on a warming planet In many places, … Continue reading How to stay cool – sustainably

US has monumental task to update energy efficiency standards

Nearly three dozen efficiency standards are overdue for an update, and further delays could undercut Biden’s climate goals. Anna Phillips discusses latest developments in an article on The Washington Post website.   Biden faces delays in undoing Trump’s war on efficient dishwashers, dryers and lightbulbs that made him ‘look orange’ Before Donald Trump launched his … Continue reading US has monumental task to update energy efficiency standards

New EEA report on EU’s progress of phasing down the use of F-gases

The supply and use of climate-warming fluorinated greenhouse gases (F-gases) rose slightly across the European Union and United Kingdom in 2020, according to the latest annual update on the EU’s progress of phasing down the use of F-gases published by the European Environment Agency (EEA) this week.   EU remains on track to phase-down use … Continue reading New EEA report on EU’s progress of phasing down the use of F-gases

Circular economy: no silver bullet but the benefits could be significant

Tim Schauenberg writes on the Deutsche Welle website about the issues relating to moving to a circular economy. What are your views?   Circular economy: Could rethinking design transform the world? Some argue that switching to a "circular economy" is crucial when it comes to climate protection and sustainability. But what would it entail? And … Continue reading Circular economy: no silver bullet but the benefits could be significant

The future of air conditioning in a world marked by rising temperatures has come sharply into focus

A new study published on Wednesday in Nature provides valuable insights on the world's energy use as our weather gets more extreme. Molly Taft discusses the study in an article on the Gizmodo website.   Rising Temperatures Will Change Air Conditioning Use—But Not How You Might Expect After a summer of deadly heat, the future … Continue reading The future of air conditioning in a world marked by rising temperatures has come sharply into focus

UK manufacturers legally required to make spare parts available for all electrical products

Right to repair rules will extend lifespan of products, the UK government says. Products such as washing machines, TVs and fridges should become easier to repair and cheaper to run under new rules coming into force. Lois Mackenzie discusses latest developments in an article on The Manufacturer website.   New right to repair rules for … Continue reading UK manufacturers legally required to make spare parts available for all electrical products

It’s time for another generation of cooling equipment that is much gentler on the climate system

Scott Denning, Professor of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University writes on The Conversation website about efforts in the US to eliminate hydrofluorocarbons used as coolants in refrigerators, air conditioners and heat pumps.   How cleaning up coolants can cool the climate – why HFCs are getting phased out from refrigerators and air conditioners The U.S. … Continue reading It’s time for another generation of cooling equipment that is much gentler on the climate system

Tackling “planned obsolescence” of electric goods

Britain is considering how it can tackle the number of products that end up in landfill. Ministers are also looking at laws to force manufacturers to make spare parts available for at least seven years and encourage repairs rather than replacement of broken products. Andrew Ellson discusses latest developments in an article on The Times … Continue reading Tackling “planned obsolescence” of electric goods

Europe’s energy transition: coalition calls for avoiding hydrogen for heating homes

Frédéric Simon writes on the EURACTIV website about efforts by a coalition of business and civil society groups to prioritise renewables and energy efficiency and not  hydrogen when addressing the buildings sector.   Avoid hydrogen for heating homes, urges energy efficiency coalition A coalition of 33 business and civil society groups have urged the European … Continue reading Europe’s energy transition: coalition calls for avoiding hydrogen for heating homes