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Polluting emissions from old fridges, foam insulation and outdated air conditioning units are slowing the recovery of the ozone layer over Antarctica.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

Big push in India for energy-efficient air conditioning

The demand for air conditioning is growing for many reasons globally.  Lalatendu Mishra writes on The Hindu website about latest developments in India.   Demand for energy-efficient ACs rising’ The heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) sector is focusing on energy efficient product offerings to attract customers as well as to comply with energy efficiency … Continue reading Big push in India for energy-efficient air conditioning

Consumers “use vastly different amounts of energy to light our homes, watch TV and make toast”

We have a good American example that all of us should appreciate. Eric Williams, Professor of Sustainability at the Rochester Institute of Technology, Ashok Sekar, Postdoctoral Fellow, Energy Systems Transformation (EST) Research Group at the University of Texas at Austin and Eric Hittinger, Associate Professor of Public Policy also at the Rochester Institute of Technology … Continue reading Consumers “use vastly different amounts of energy to light our homes, watch TV and make toast”

The air conditioning challenge in the Mediterranean Basin

Frédéric Dubessy writes on the econostrum.info website about a recent study by the World Bank to address the increasing penetration of air conditioning with the need to promote energy efficiency and reduce energy consumption.   Solar power bringing energy efficiency to Mediterranean air-conditioning Faced with an explosion in the numbers of air-conditioners in the Mediterranean … Continue reading The air conditioning challenge in the Mediterranean Basin

Sustainable cooling urgently needed

Hannah Koh writes on the Eco-Business website about the role air conditioning is playing in our modern societies, responsible for 7 per cent of global carbon emissions. The market is dominated by inefficient, polluting systems and most governments allow the market to continue like this through weak regulations. However, there are options to have more … Continue reading Sustainable cooling urgently needed

Tax offices in India setting good example by implementing important energy efficiency measures

India is a major leader in the energy transition, both for investing in energy efficiency and in renewable energy. This is sending an important message to everyone. Bikash Singh writes in the Economic Times of India about an agreement signed by the Income Tax Office to have major appliances replaced by more energy efficient ones. … Continue reading Tax offices in India setting good example by implementing important energy efficiency measures