The European Academies Science Advisory Council Perspective on Transformative Change

This pandemic reminds us how vulnerable this planet, and in particular humanity, really are. Another striking reminder is the latest publication of the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC) available on its website. For more on the report see also: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q90lDeis7-o and https://youtu.be/5Gk9prsjmEg.   Resistance and Challenges to Green Deals should not be underestimated “Scientific knowledge of climate … Continue reading The European Academies Science Advisory Council Perspective on Transformative Change

New EEA report on the pollution challenge in Europe

What is pollution and how does it affect us and the environment? Europe is taking action to reduce pollution and, as part of the European Green Deal, the European Commission put forward a zero-pollution ambition for Europe. A new European Environment Agency (EEA) report, published recently, looks at the pollution challenge in Europe from different … Continue reading New EEA report on the pollution challenge in Europe

New report from JRC: Enabling Positive Energy Districts across Europe: energy efficiency couples renewable energy

From an energy perspective, zero or positive energy districts (PED) provide opportunities to achieve cost-effective levels of high-energy efficiency and renewable energy systems. This newly published report by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) aims to understand how to handle energy performance targets by moving beyond individual buildings towards a district level. This is a … Continue reading New report from JRC: Enabling Positive Energy Districts across Europe: energy efficiency couples renewable energy

Guidelines and best practices for micro-, small and medium enterprises in delivering energy-efficient products and in providing renewable energy equipment

In response to the Covid-19 crisis, a study Guidelines and Best Practices for micro-, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in delivering energy-efficient products and in providing renewable energy equipment has been developed by the UN-Economic Commission for Europe. It is described in a UN-ECE press release.   UNECE guidance for the energy efficiency and renewables … Continue reading Guidelines and best practices for micro-, small and medium enterprises in delivering energy-efficient products and in providing renewable energy equipment

New EEA report shows average CO2 emissions from new cars and vans registered in Europe increased in 2018

Average carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from new cars registered in the European Union (EU), the United Kingdom (UK) and Iceland increased in 2018 for the second year in a row, according to final data published this week by the European Environment Agency (EEA). For the first time, average CO2 emissions from new vans also increased … Continue reading New EEA report shows average CO2 emissions from new cars and vans registered in Europe increased in 2018

New RAP report: The clean energy transition must be socially fair for everyone

The Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP) has recently published a report that the energy transition must be socially fair for everyone. If directed effectively, the transition to a clean energy system in Europe through the European Green Deal will not only limit the worst impacts of the climate crisis but will deliver Europe’s energy services at … Continue reading New RAP report: The clean energy transition must be socially fair for everyone

IEA welcomes Luxembourg’s ambitions to shift to a low-carbon economy

In its latest in-depth review of Luxembourg’s energy policies, the IEA notes that Luxembourg faces challenges in achieving its energy objectives but welcomes their approach. These are described in an article by the Newsroom on the Modern Diplomacy website.   IEA support Luxembourg’s ambitious energy transition goals Luxembourg is targeting a sharp reduction in emissions … Continue reading IEA welcomes Luxembourg’s ambitions to shift to a low-carbon economy

Book review on energy fables

Mithra Moezzi applauds this short, powerful book for revealing how many current energy discourses are framed and their limitations. The authors provide constructive, inspiring approaches that will help us to better understand and reframe energy practices, research and policies. The review was on the Buildings and cities website.   Energy Fables: Challenging Ideas in the Energy Sector … Continue reading Book review on energy fables

New analysis from the European Environment Agency on air quality

Europe’s air is getting cleaner but persistent pollution, especially in cities, still damages people’s health and the economy. The European Environment Agency’s (EEA) new analysis on air quality shows that exposure to air pollution caused about 400,000 premature deaths in the EU in 2016.   Cutting air pollution in Europe would prevent early deaths, improve … Continue reading New analysis from the European Environment Agency on air quality

New report from OECD linking climate action and well-being

In energy efficiency we are often discussing the so-called multiple benefits that include health, jobs and other social benefits.  Now the OECD Secretariat has released a report that tries to look at climate action with a social focus. The OECD publication Accelerating Climate Action: Refocusing Policies through a Well-being Lens builds on the OECD Well-being … Continue reading New report from OECD linking climate action and well-being