New JRC report: Untapping multiple benefits: hidden values in environmental and building policies

The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) has recently published an important new research study on how we can untap the multi benefits from improved energy efficiency in our buildings policies. The untapped / hidden benefits of environmental policies are huge. This piece of research showcases and places a monetary value on the added benefits … Continue reading New JRC report: Untapping multiple benefits: hidden values in environmental and building policies

New report from BPIE on progress by EU member states to provide their renovation strategies

A new report from the Buildings Performance Institute Europe assesses the compliance of the 14 available long-term renovation strategies (as published on the website of the European Commission on 8 September 2020) against the provisions in Article 2a of the amended 2018 Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD). EiD earlier this summer wrote about the … Continue reading New report from BPIE on progress by EU member states to provide their renovation strategies

The first assessment of EU National Energy and Climate Plans raise concerns about how targets will be met

A news item on the renews.biz website highlights the challenges the EU has in achieving long-term climate and energy targets.  The article only discusses renewable energy but one can imagine the same would hold true for energy efficiency. One would think by now that member states would be giving a higher priority to the energy … Continue reading The first assessment of EU National Energy and Climate Plans raise concerns about how targets will be met

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?

European Commission has launched the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance with industry leaders, civil society, national and regional ministers and the EIB

It has taken a long time for a major push to promote hydrogen but the EU came out with its new hydrogen strategy this week. The priority is to produce hydrogen from renewables and hopefully only renewables if it is to be truly sustainable. The renews.biz website provides a news item on developments this week. … Continue reading European Commission has launched the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance with industry leaders, civil society, national and regional ministers and the EIB

Revised EU Energy Efficiency Directive now requires effective implementation

The EU’s Energy Efficiency Directive was recently revised to reflect a more ambitious approach that is definitely needed. The transposition of the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) into national law will be a measure of Member State resolve to honour their Paris Agreement commitments, writes Miroslav Poche, the European Parliament’s rapporteur on energy efficiency and the … Continue reading Revised EU Energy Efficiency Directive now requires effective implementation

EEA report shows progress on increasing the use of renewable energy and improving energy efficiency is slowing across the European Union

Progress on increasing the use of renewable energy and improving energy efficiency is slowing across the European Union, putting at risk the EU’s ability to achieve its energy and emissions reduction targets. Rising energy consumption, particularly in the transport sector, is to blame for the slowdown, according to preliminary data released today in the European … Continue reading EEA report shows progress on increasing the use of renewable energy and improving energy efficiency is slowing across the European Union

Reflections on the current negotiations to revise the EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive

Andrew Warren has been an astute observer of energy efficiency policies throughout Europe and his own country, the United Kingdom, for a considerable time. He has seen energy efficiency policies evolve significantly over the past couple of decades and he has never failed to give us his views. Andrew, who chairs the British Energy Efficiency … Continue reading Reflections on the current negotiations to revise the EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive

New focus on energy demand and competitiveness can improve EU mandatory energy audits: new eceee report

The European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy has just published an important new report on one of the important elements of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive: mandatory energy audits for large enterprises. A new eceee review of EU’s mandatory energy audit schemes points at improvements that would help make EU industry more competitive. The … Continue reading New focus on energy demand and competitiveness can improve EU mandatory energy audits: new eceee report

Showing the benefits of Europe’s investment in renewable energy

Cassie Werber writes on the Quartz website to show how renewable energy investment in Europe has played a big role in reducing emissions. She provides an excellent diagram that shows this graphically.   One chart that shows the success of Europe’s investment in renewable energy Europe has spearheaded the drive to change from a system … Continue reading Showing the benefits of Europe’s investment in renewable energy