Europe's proposed 30% energy savings objective means less savings in the period 2020-2030 than in 2010-2020 and are in direct contradiction with the spirit of the Paris Agreement
The flagship energy proposal by the European Commission, the "Clean Energy Package for All Europeans", to be discussed at the upcoming Energy Council meeting, calls for a 30% binding energy savings target.
The myth about the negative impact of high-efficiency ambition on the competitiveness of EU member states is dismantled by the European Commission's modelling results.
The Commission's November 2016 clean energy package is going through a gruelling approval process where practically every comma is being challenged. Yet, this approval process is ignoring (or unaware of) some important evidence.
The Clean Energy for All Europeans package projects buildings to play a pivotal role in the EU energy transition. The Commission sees the non-legislative initiative "Smart Finance for Smart Buildings (SFSB) as a major driver in the transformation of the emerging energy renovation market from a market of shallow renovation financed by grants towards a self-sustained market delivering zero energy buildings.
I am not sure if this is good news - or scary news! Here we have two Directives related to buildings under revision in the EU, and their messages are confusing at best. Let's take a closer look at them.
Russia's warning of a looming gas crisis in Europe challenges the claimed ambition of the "Clean Energy for All Europeans" package. In fact, the Commission's proposal, released on November 30th, falls short in securing Europe's energy future with energy savings and renewables -the only two clean energy sources available in Europe and at an affordable price.
Build Upon is an EU funded project, under Horizon 2020 initiative. The project aims at co-creating national renovation strategies by empowering 1,000 key stakeholders - from governments and businesses, to NGOs and householders - across 13 countries. The objective is to shape the paradigm shift needed to renovate Europe.
The 1st industrial revolution was fuelled with coal, the 2nd with mainly oil, gas and to some extent nuclear energy while the 3rd one experienced a shy introduction of renewables in the energy mix. The 4th industrial revolution might well be fuelled first with energy savings if countries from all over the world implement the Paris Climate Agreement.
L'efficienza energetica applicata agli edifici consente di consumare meno energia per soddisfare i bisogni legati all'abitare; inoltre, molto spesso, gli interventi di efficienza energetica migliorano sensibilmente il comfort.