Solar cells (photovoltaics, PV) for electricity generation is forecasted to become one of the main contributors in the future energy system. Better building integration of PV (BIPV) is desired for aesthetical reasons and potentially also for cost savings. As of now, BIPV is generally more expensive than ordinary building applied PV installations (BAPV) or regular building components, which means there is a need to include other values in BIPV business models.
After the approval of the EU parliament last April, the new EPBD is now in force!
Check on BUILDUP (http://www.buildup.eu/en/news/commission-welcomes-final-vote-energy-perf...) the backbones of the future energy efficiency in EU building stock).
Peer-to-peer trading is a natural opportunity in a decentralised prosumer-driven energy market, with benefits to both sellers and buyers. Besides optimising the overall energy generation potential, it offers the opportunity for sellers to monetise their excess energy and improve the investment on their asset, while buyers benefit from lower cost electricity.
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With this special dossier, the “General Journal of Europe” aims to promote regions, energy and environmental agencies, community associations and their members as well as all decision-makers. It wishes to highlight innovations, exchanges of experience and project development. It is based on the observation that European institutions already have a privileged relationship with sub-state levels of governance by supporting and funding many local projects.
The trees which line city streets are playing a much greater environmental role than we might expect.
Researchers have found that urban forests have huge untapped potential to store carbon, equivalent to tropical rainforests.
A new study from University College London (UCL) measured every tree in the Borough of Camden using remote laser sensing techniques.
The use of laser pulses led to a complete 3D map which revealed the amount of carbon stored in the borough’s estimated 85,000 trees.
Climate change will negatively affect power generation in European countries regardless of the level of global warming.
This was concluded from an assessment of climate change impacts on wind, solar, hydro and thermoelectric power generation in 28 European Union countries. Southern Europe, in particular Spain and Portugal, will be more strongly impacted than northern Europe.
Green or Sustainable Finance? According to the UN, nearly 70% of the world's population will live in urban areas by 2050. As a result, spatial planning issues are closely linked to environmental, but also social and societal criteria that are increasingly present to ensure the coherence of urban development over the long term. In this context of transition, financing needs are considerable and new tools are emerging: Social Impact Bonds and Sustainable Bonds. Is this the end of Green Finance for Sustainable Finance? What special features for these new issues?