Resources

 Is energy efficiency for hippies?

Yamina SAHEB

A few months ago, a German colleague of mine from the electricity supply division of the IEA introduced me to visitors as an expert on “that hippie thing”. I don’t know about you, but until that day I had never thought of energy efficiency as something “hippie”.

 Efficient building stock: luxury or necessity?

Yamina SAHEB

We hear all the time that one of the major barriers to an efficient building stock is the up-front investment cost and that the way to overcome this barrier is to provide incentives.

I don’t know about you, but I always have a hard time reconciling with the use of incentives to deliver what I think should be business as usual: low energy buildings.

 Back to the future: lifting a page from ancient architects' playbook

Yamina SAHEB

Some would have us believe that construction regulations are new. Have you ever heard of the Code of Hammurabi? It’s the very first code of laws known in history, dating back to 1750 BC. And guess what? Building codes were already included! Six out of 282 laws regulated construction safety, including penalties for builders of non-compliant homes. Quite visionary, indeed, even if some penalties could now seem  slightly stringent.

 If I had a hammer - How to do better at EU level for EPBD & EED reviews to deliver jobs & growth for CEE countries?

The EuroACE Informal Session gathered around 25 participants from all over Europe and was the opportunity for EuroACE to present .

Event Date: 
24/06/2016 - 13:00 to 16:00
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C4E Forum (Bulgaria)

 Could consumers tip the balance of the EU energy transition?

Yamina SAHEB

The 2016 edition of the EU Sustainable Energy Week was about empowering consumers. At the opening ceremony, Mr. Miguel Arias Cañete, the commissioner of climate and energy, made it clear that the energy transition is also about the active consumer engagement in the energy system. After centuries of relegating the energy consumer to a passive role, as simply a purchaser of (mostly) dirty energy sources, EU citizens will slowly move to a more active position by becoming energy producers: producers of energy savings and renewable energies.

 Energy Renovation – The real way to put citizens at the heart of the Energy Union

Renovate Europe held a breakfast briefing, hosted by MEP Theresa Griffin, on the theme of energy renovation and consumers on 15th June in the European Parliament in the context of the upcoming review of key buildings-related legislation in the autumn.

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Event Date: 
15/06/2016 - 08:00 to 09:30
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European Parliament

 Make the Paris Agreement a reality through effective evaluation for energy efficiency

Contribution to panel discussion on Target setting for energy use and efficiency up to 2050

Moderator: Robert Harmsen, Utrecht University

Event Date: 
07/06/2016 - 16:00 to 17:30
Venue: 

Science Centre NEMO, Amsterdam

 Holistic Approach to Accelerating Energy Efficiency Action

This workshop aims to provide participants with practical instruments and methodologies, which can support the acceleration of energy efficiency actions. The workshop is structured around four thematic blocks:

Event Date: 
06/06/2016 - 09:00 to 17:00
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Science Centre NEMO, Amsterdam

 EU Climate and Energy policies at risk of ‘’la pensée unique’’

Yamina SAHEB

I used to think that Western democracies protect their citizens from “la pensée unique” (a narrow and single way of thinking). My concerns relate to the “consensus” in the “energy efficiency community” about how the “Better Regulation Package” would impact negatively existing EU climate and energy policies.

 Industrialising deep retrofits in Europe - Driving transformational change in the construction value chain

Globalisation, disruptive technologies, emerging business models and growing sustainability concerns are putting unprecedented pressure on European industry to adapt, while also representing a significant opportunity for all players.

Event Date: 
12/05/2016 - 10:00 to 16:00
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European Climate Foundation, Brussels 

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