Energy efficiency

20 February 2018

Dutch ‘Energiesprong’ low carbon housing expands across Europe

Energiesprong is an innovative, whole house refurbishment system developed in the Netherland which incorporates a practical and effective funding approach. In the past two years the approach has been launched in France, Germany, the UK and also New York State. It originated as a government-funded innovation programme and has set a new standard in this […]

29 January 2018

Is your home the power plant of the future?

With the price of solar power falling dramatically in the past four decades, this development has empowered individuals to install solar panels in their homes and produce their own energy. Individuals with home solar have become more independent and can avoid potential increases in electricity bills from utilities. Moreover, it allows homeowners to better control […]

19 January 2018

Skanska launches solar glass ‘revolution’ for energy-neutral buildings

Swedish construction giant Skanska has teamed up with Polish solar tech firm Saule Technologies to make perovskite solar cells available for use in commercial-scale construction. Saule Technologies, which has been developing the semi-transparent perovskite solar cells cells since 2014, uses ink jet technology to ‘print’ solar cells to any size and shape needed to cover […]

10 January 2018

2018 sets off race to renovate Europe’s building stock

2018 looks set to be a defining year for energy and environment policy in Europe, as important legislative files move towards becoming EU law. The new year will see EU lawmakers, officials and member states meet to negotiate and hammer out laws that will take the bloc all the way up to 2030. Clean Energy […]

9 January 2018

Low carbon electricity generation overtakes fossil fuels in UK for first time

In 2017, more than half of the electricity generated in the UK came from low-carbon sources for the first time according to Carbon Brief. The combination of nuclear and renewables generated more electricity in 2017 than all fossil fuels combined. Within this total, wind alone generated more than twice as much electricity as coal. WWF […]

16 November 2017

COP23: IEA report points to global shifts in the energy system

The latest World Energy Outlook report published by the International Energy Agency to coincide with the COP23 conference in Bonn, points to four large-scale shifts in the global energy system. The report highlights the rapid deployment and falling costs of clean energy technologies, the growing electrification of energy, the shift to a more services-oriented economy […]

10 November 2017

COP23: world leaders urged to strengthen renewables action plans

At the COP23 Summit in Bonn a wide-ranging coalition of businesses, NGOs, and energy industry experts have presented a raft of new measures designed to accelerate the roll out of renewable energy technologies globally. To mark the Summit’s Energy Day The Climate Group, IEA, IRENA and Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) initiative came together to put […]

24 October 2017

Worldwide investment in energy efficiency continues to grow

In 2016, global investment in energy efficiency increased by 9% to $231bn, maintaining the upward trend of recent years. The savings mean that in 2016, the world would have used 12% more energy had it not been for energy efficiency improvements since 2000 – equivalent to adding another European Union in the global energy market, […]

26 September 2017

Office building renovation could generate USD 1.5 trillion in efficiency savings

Businesses around the world could reduce office costs by up to $1.5 trillion through state-of-the-art refurbishment and retrofitting. A report released by Philips Lighting at the World Green Building Week show the impact that could be made on rents across the world’s offices if business owners replicated the efficient usage of space achieved in a […]

15 September 2017

WGBC plans week of global action to promote net zero buildings

From 25 September to 1 October, hundreds of businesses, NGOs and individuals around the globe will joinyly celebrate the positive role green buildings play as part of World Green Building Week 2017. The event organised by the World Green Building Council (WGBC) is highlighting the need for net zero buildings under the banner #OurHeroIsZero. When […]

13 September 2017

IFC teams with architects to promote zero energy buildings worldwide

International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, is partnering with the international architecture and building community to promote the design of zero net carbon (ZNC) buildings worldwide.  IFC, which is the largest global development institution, has created EDGE, a green building certification system for emerging markets. EDGE is a measurable way for builders to optimize their designs, leading to […]

1 September 2017

Growth of solar power soon to challenge nuclear

Solar photovoltaic capacity (PV) will soon match and even overtake nuclear energy’s global capacity, according to new US research. High demand means PV could even become the globe’s dominant energy source by 2050. By the end of 2017, solar power plants around the world are predicted to have an installed capacity of 390GW, according to […]

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