Tagged with Not-for-profit

An ecolabel for electricity

EKOenergy is a network of 21 European environmental NGOs promoting the use of renewable electricity. On February 23rd 2013, the EKOenergy Board approved criteria for the EKOenergy label, the first (and only) pan-European ecolabel for electricity. Consumers on the European electricity market are confronted with a variety of questions and doubts. “How do I change … Continue reading

Launch of new buildings network website

The Global Buildings Performance Network based in Paris has revamped its entire website and launched its participative global Knowledge Platform advancing best practice policies in building energy performance. The new GBPN web-based tool, will stimulate collective research and analysis from experts worldwide to promote better decision-making and help the building sector effectively reduce its impact … Continue reading

Gearing up for the autumn

Gearing up for the autumn

As our summer holidays come to an end and we are starting to focus on sustainable energy issues, some useful sites and news may provide some inspiration. EiD has been attracted to a site created by the Joint Research Centre’s Institute for the Environment and Sustainability on Life Cycle Analysis.  It is intriguingly called Life … Continue reading

Does UK really rank number 1 in energy efficiency?

Does UK really rank number 1 in energy efficiency?

After ACEEE’s league table of major economies on their progress on energy efficiency, there is growing scepticism on Britain’s leading status.  The articles and emails have been coming fast and furious.  Many are questioning the indicators that are used.  As one wrote this week: “The damage is done . . .” The ACEEE ranking contradicts … Continue reading

Canada is less energy-efficient than . . .

Canada is less energy-efficient than . . .

The survey from the American Council for an Energy-efficient Economy on how the top 12 economies are doing on energy efficiency has thrown the Canadians into a tizzy since it is doing even worse than its neighbour, the United States as well as China.  This article  by Mitch Potter of the Toronto Star explains the … Continue reading

New head for CLASP Europe

New head for CLASP Europe

Dr. Pernille Schiellerup has just been appointed Director of European Programmes of CLASP. CLASP provides technical assistance, training, and capacity building on all aspects of energy efficiency standards and labelling, and capitalises on opportunities to collaborate and disseminate research and best practice information.  The European office, based in Brussels, is part of a global network … Continue reading

GBPN Buildings Sector Summit and Symposium

GBPN Buildings Sector Summit and Symposium

The Paris-based Global Buildings Performance Network, funded by Climate Works of the US, held a series of meetings May 30 and 31st to essentially launch the Network.  The network has hubs in Europe, the US, China and India.  The meetings were designed to discuss two important research projects commissioned by the GBPN and released at … Continue reading

Neither sermons nor silence

Neither sermons nor silence

The Green Alliance in the UK has published a valuable report entitled “Neither sermons nor silence – the case for national communications on energy use”. The report examines previous Government-led national communication campaigns, including “Act on CO2” and argues that they lacked enabling policy to underpin them. There are behavioural barriers to uptake and the … Continue reading

Southern Voices on climate policy choices

Southern Voices on climate policy choices

This report from the Southern Voices programme provides an analysis of the tools and tactics advocacy groups use to influence policy responses to climate change at international, regional, national and sub-national levels. More than 20 climate networks and their member organisations contributed to the report with their experiences of advocacy on climate change, including over … Continue reading