Tagged with EU policies

A renovation strategy for Europe?

A renovation strategy for Europe?

It was in 1970 when the Beatles released The Long and Winding Road. With the onslaught of the first major oil crisis only four years later, it could be the anthem for energy policy ever since. The beginning of the road was a push to start with more insulation in our buildings in order to … Continue reading

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

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

New report from European Environment Agency

New report from European Environment Agency

The European Environment Agency shows that the energy transition is well underway in Europe in the deployment of renewable energy.   Renewables assuming greater role in the EU energy mix, helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions The EEA report ‘Renewable energy in Europe 2017,’ shows that renewables have become a major contributor to the energy … Continue reading

Blog from Louise Sunderland – We have a choice: more of the same for consumers, or a chance at really raising the building renovation rate

Blog from Louise Sunderland – We have a choice: more of the same for consumers, or a chance at really raising the building renovation rate

Having avidly read the Commission’s clean energy package documents at the end of last year (OK, so I admit, not every page but all of the important stuff from a buildings perspective) I am now reading the briefings and recommendations on changes to the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) and the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive … Continue reading

Britain’s sustainable energy transition

Britain’s sustainable energy transition

This coming week, the UK will be formally notifying the EU of its decision to leave. The “divorce” is not simple, there has been much hostility raised about the “interference” of EU directives, and there are many issues about what energy efficiency legislation makes sense to retain. Andrew Warren, chairman of the British Energy Efficiency … Continue reading

The Brussels Winter Package whirlwind

The Brussels Winter Package whirlwind

The European Commission’s clean energy – or ‘winter’ – package is producing a whirlwind of activity in its approval process. I have seen it at first hand over the past few weeks, at meetings, workshops and conferences reviewing impact assessments, addressing energy efficiency financing, and discussing the central role of consumers in the winter package. … Continue reading

New report by BPIE assesses readiness of EU countries in their transition to smart buildings

New report by BPIE assesses readiness of EU countries in their transition to smart buildings

Europe is gripped in the trend towards improving our buildings and infrastructure through “smart” techniques. The Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE) has recently published a report assessing how prepared EU member states are for this transition.   European countries are missing smart buildings opportunities Analysis by the on the readiness of EU countries to transition … Continue reading

European Commission’s latest proposals for improving energy efficiency policies seems to be incurring the ire of the departing Brits

European Commission’s latest proposals for improving energy efficiency policies seems to be incurring the ire of the departing Brits

Fourteen months ago, there was global agreement to raise the ambition of our energy and climate policies in order to significantly reduce the impact of climate change. Improved energy efficiency was seen as a major element in meeting those goals. That was before Britain voted to leave the European Union. Now, Andrew Warren, Chairman of … Continue reading