Where does nuclear power belong in our concerns over sustainability?

Lobbying by pro-nuclear stakeholders and a new report that concludes “the fuel qualifies as sustainable” under green investments has led to Greenpeace Europe warning the European Commission against reinstating nuclear power on the list of activities deemed sustainable by the European Union. Kevin O’Sullivan discusses latest developments in an article on the Irish Times website. … Continue reading Where does nuclear power belong in our concerns over sustainability?

Industry at crossroads – reflections from recent EEFIG industry event

A vibrant and highly competitive EU manufacturing sector can provide the resources and many of the solutions for the societal challenges facing the EU, such as climate change, health and the ageing population, and the development of a healthy, safe and secure society and thriving social market economy.   The necessary transition to a more … Continue reading Industry at crossroads – reflections from recent EEFIG industry event

Example from Italy shows why more needs to be done to promote industrial energy efficiency in Europe

Audits were made mandatory to large industry in the EU’s 2012 Energy Efficiency Directive. Now the directive is under review and there have been many concerns that the Commission has proposed no new legislative changes to promote industrial energy efficiency. Silvia Zinetti, a sustainable energy expert based in California and a regular contributor to EiD, … Continue reading Example from Italy shows why more needs to be done to promote industrial energy efficiency in Europe

Local governments taking the lead to promote sustainable energy

We are increasingly appreciating how local governments are playing a key role in the low carbon energy transition. Silvia Zinetti, a previous contributor to EiD, is a sustainable energy expert and policy advisor, based in California. Many of you will remember Silvia when she was working in Brussels in sustainable energy. She brought her experience … Continue reading Local governments taking the lead to promote sustainable energy

San Diego showing real leadership

At the recent climate conference in Paris, much attention was given to cities. Yes, many were highlighted because of the severe air pollution problems but others were noted for the efforts they are making to promote sustainable energy – either renewable energy or improved energy efficiency. Matt Richtel writes a good article in the New … Continue reading San Diego showing real leadership

Short Takes

Important Comment On May 15th, at an event on Energy Efficient Buildings and Districts: Research to Accelerate Innovation at the European Economic and Social Committee, Ms. Silvia-Adriana, MEP and former rapporteur for the recast of the buildings directive said:  “Energy efficiency is important for each household and not just for the European Union.  We need … Continue reading Short Takes