Upcoming event: EEFIG 2021 Plenary, February 9-10th

This year’s most important event in energy efficiency financing is coming up in two weeks. Make sure to register (see below). The Energy Efficiency Financial Institutions Group (EEFIG) organises annual plenary meetings that are open to all members and interested parties. The next plenary is taking place on 9-10 February 2021 in virtual format. This … Continue reading Upcoming event: EEFIG 2021 Plenary, February 9-10th

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

Addressing Britain’s energy-inefficient building stock: a system-wide perspective is needed rather than passing the buck down to homeowners or housebuilders

Sankar Sivarajah, Head of School of Management and Professor of Technology Management and Circular Economy at the University of Bradford provides his views in an article on The Conversation website on how to improve Britain’s energy-inefficient housing stock. What are your views? The UK has some of the least energy-efficient housing in Europe – here's … Continue reading Addressing Britain’s energy-inefficient building stock: a system-wide perspective is needed rather than passing the buck down to homeowners or housebuilders

Working at the district level will bring many benefits to combat climate change

It is good to see an article on the important role of districts. Laurie Stone & Matt Jungclaus,  from the Rocky Mountain Institute write on the CleanTechnica website discuss released report, A Guide to Energy Master Planning of High-Performance Districts and Communities. It reminds EiD of a recent report by Sophie Shnapp for the EC … Continue reading Working at the district level will bring many benefits to combat climate change

New report on zero energy buildings

The global energy demand from the building and construction sector continues to rise, mainly due to rapid expansion of buildings’ floor area and global climate change. Ambitious, yet compelling, zero energy buildings (ZEB) are deemed to directly and effectively address the global issues on climate change and energy scarcity. ReportLinker discusses its new report on … Continue reading New report on zero energy buildings

Helsinki’s housing industry has launched a project to try to make residential buildings as energy-efficient as possible

It is encouraging to see the importance the city of Helsinki is giving to promote energy efficient construction. Anton Stoyanov discusses a pilot project in an article on The Mayor website.   Helsinki on the lookout for the builders of the city’s most energy-efficient building Helsinki’s housing industry has launched a project to try to … Continue reading Helsinki’s housing industry has launched a project to try to make residential buildings as energy-efficient as possible

The energy performance of Britain’s buildings will be monitored from space

Cambridge University’s Institute of Astronomy was awarded a grant to use high-resolution thermal infrared space telescopes to monitor the energy performance of buildings.  Paul Brackley explains in an article on the Cambridge Independent website.   University of Cambridge to use space telescopes to measure energy efficiency of homes The energy efficiency of buildings will be … Continue reading The energy performance of Britain’s buildings will be monitored from space

Apple’s co-founder Steve Wozniak backing blockchain-based cryptocurrency to promote energy efficiency

Apple’s co-founder Steve Wozniak is backing a new cryptocurrency. Through his new company WOZX, clients buy a proxy for a stake in an energy efficiency project: typically upgrades to infrastructure, from LED lights and window glazing to thicker insulation and more efficient power generators. Michael J. Coren discusses latest developments on the Quartz website.   … Continue reading Apple’s co-founder Steve Wozniak backing blockchain-based cryptocurrency to promote energy efficiency

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

Comparing France and Germany in their building renovation strategies

To achieve climate neutrality by 2050, the question of renovating buildings to be more energy-efficient is of crucial importance. More than ever before, it is the subject of debate on both sides of the Rhine. Lucie Duboua-Lorsch and Lukas Scheid report on the EURACTIV website.   Energy-efficient building renovation: a Franco-German challenge Even before the … Continue reading Comparing France and Germany in their building renovation strategies