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Clear guidance is needed more than public assurances to make the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) be indeed a vehicle for energy efficiency. Counter to public statements, the current set-up does not promise to be effective. by Anna Roggenbuck, cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog. In a press release today, the European Commission expressed great… » read more

Building the Energy Union, the European Commission pretends that all is well for renewables in Croatia and unnecessarily fixates on diversifying gas supply instead of managing demand. by Toni Vidan, Energy programme co-ordinator at Zelena Akcija, Croatia; cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog In a series of blog posts, Bankwatch campaigners are weighing in on the… » read more

To make sure Latvia’s energy path does not lead into a dead end for sustainability, the Energy Union should facilitate alternatives to unsustainable fuelwood. by Juris Dilba, cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog (Image by Artis Pupins – CC BY 2.0) In a series of blog posts, Bankwatch campaigners are weighing in on the implications that… » read more

Hungary needs to transform its energy sector. But can the Energy Union kickstart such change? The vision presented by the European Commission’s Vice President Maroš Šefčovič includes a few promising nuggets, but overall risks reinforcing the status quo. by Alexa Botár, cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog. In a series of blog posts, Bankwatch campaigners are… » read more

More clarity is needed regarding the Energy Union’s priorities for the Czech Republic. by Ondrej Pasek, cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog. (Image by epp group – CC BY-NC-ND 2.0). The European Commission has been hard at work devising the EU’s new energy strategy. It is touted as an ambitious new path for a unified, sustainable… » read more

EU energy ministers are meeting in Brussels today to discuss the implementation of the Energy Union. Looking at what has been discussed so far, the strategy may not prioritise energy efficiency enough to help Europe become climate-friendly. by Petr Hlobil, cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog EU energy ministers are meeting in Brussels today to discuss… » read more

ManagEnergy caught up with Claudia Carani of the Modena Energy Agency (AESS) at its recent capacity building workshop in Sardinia where she described recent developments in the municipality’s €54 million ELENA-funded energy efficiency project. The city council of Modena joined the Covenant of Mayors in January 2010. The city developed a Sustainable Energy Action Plan of the… » read more

The Energy saving in municipal building (ENSAMB) project was launched in 2012; it aims to achieve at least 25% energy savings in 120 municipal buildings—representing 11 GWh/year and an estimated investment of €11.2 million. The project partners are 5 small municipalities in rural Norway—Elverum, Engerdal, Stor-Elvdal and Åmot—all of whom have also signed the Covenant… » read more

Orgalime and CEEMET have responded to the Commission’s recent Communication ‘A stronger European Industry for Growth and Economic Recovery’ with their joint manifesto ‘Manufacturing a Stronger and Greener Europe’, which was presented to the European Commission President José Manuel Durão Barroso at an event attended by industry, MEPs and EU officials (28 Nov 12). The… » read more

The definition of zero-energy-home or zero energy building is often misunderstood as a building having zero energy consumption. A zero energy building simply refers to a building producing the same (or more) amount of energy than what it consumes within a single year. Establishing a measurement term-period for zero-energy homes on an annual basis is… » read more

On the 24th April in Hannover, the follow-up to the Electra report – launched in June 2008 – will presented to Commission Vice-President Tajani. In ‘The Smart World’, the electrical engineering and electronics industry represented through Electra aims to a) briefly analyse the results of the first Electra report, looking at those areas where progress… » read more

More colours in car adverts?

On the streets just outside the European Parliament in Brussels we’ve asked people about the information in car adverts, showing two versions of our imaginary MOTOKA car advert. In the first advert fuel consumption and CO2 info is very similar to the way it is currently displayed on car adverts. In the second advert the… » read more

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