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Investigating Business Models for Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV)

1 month 1 week ago

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.

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Peer-to-peer energy trading

1 month 1 week ago

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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The General Journal of Europe launches a dossier on energy in partnership with FEDARENE

1 month 1 week ago

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.

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The trees in our cities can store as much carbon as rainforests

1 month 1 week ago

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.

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Reduction European power generation under 1.5°C, 2°C and 3°C warming

1 month 1 week ago

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.

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Social Impact Bonds and Sustainable Bonds: new financial leverage?

1 month 1 week ago

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?

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SUSTAINABILITY … FROM RESTORATIVE TO REGENERATIVE

1 month 2 weeks ago

As part of the European Research programme, COST (Cooperation in Science and Technology), since 2017 a network of researchers and experts from industry, academic and technological development organisations have been actively addressing the question of what would a paradigm shift in sustainability in the built environment sector look like. A new paradigm calls for a more comprehensive and holistic approach to sustainability, one that focuses less on energy, but rather on actively contributing to the regeneration and improvement of people, society and planet health.

Roberto Lollini

How to take ESG criteria into account in real estate?

1 month 2 weeks ago

2018: a year of transition for Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) applied to real estate? The integration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks into real estate investment strategies is evolving, as evidenced by the 11% increase in the level of participation of European real estate players in the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB).

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‘Urgent action’ needed to boost renewable heat and transport

1 month 2 weeks ago

A new report has highlighted the continued dominance of renewable power to the detriment of other clean energy sectors, which seriously lag behind.
The non-profit REN21 has released data compiled from official government sources, international organisations, and hundreds of surveys to build a picture of the renewable energy sector over the past two years.

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Huge change in energy investment needed to meet climate targets

1 month 2 weeks ago

Investment in clean energy must increase by up to 50 percent in some economies to limit global temperatures to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
This is one of the findings from a new scientific study on the financial requirements of the Paris climate agreement.
Researchers from the Austria-based International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) used six different modelling techniques to calculate the costs and consequences of meeting the world’s climate goals.

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Watch the first ManagEnergy Talk with Rob Hopkins

1 month 2 weeks ago

As stakeholders of the sustainable energy field gathered in Brussels for the EU Sustainable Energy Week, they had the chance to end the second day of the Policy Conference on an inspirational note.

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Mission Innovation Champions - recognition programme for clean energy innovators

1 month 2 weeks ago

Mission Innovation has launched a new recognition programme Mission Innovation Champions to celebrate and support innovative individuals who are accelerating the clean energy revolution. The programme was launched at the occasion of the Third Mission Innovation Ministerial (MI-3) on 22-23 May 2018 at Malmö, Sweden, and is currently accepting registrations.
 

Karin-Liis Lahtmäe

Citizens Leading the Energy & Climate Transition Conference

1 month 3 weeks ago

This conference is a partnership between the European Covenant of Mayors Initiative, The Irish Government’s dialogue on climate action and the Tipperary Energy Agency. It will focus on how citizens can lead the energy & climate transition in their regions. It will share success stories about citizens (whether employees of local authorities or working in their communities) leading the change through personal and professional leadership.

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[Webinar recordings] A common language to boost non-residential renovation

1 month 3 weeks ago

Non-residential building renovation is a complex topic involving different actors such as asset managers, building professionals, manufacturers, public administrations and, of course, building occupiers. Speaking a common language, understandable by all of these actors, is a fundamental step towards the effective and large-scale deployment of renovation plans. This is indeed the aim of the ALDREN project.

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[avniR] conference: call for contribution has been extended until 29 June 2018

1 month 3 weeks ago

[avniR] platform is pleased to invite you to participate in the call for contributions for the 8th international [avniR] Conference in Lilliad, Lille, France, on 7th & 8th of November 2018.

 

This 8th edition: Circular economy, innovate with Life Cycle Thinking, aims to bring together industrials, researchers, public authorities, NGOs, international experts and policy makers of a wide range of sectors: textile, construction, food, etc. over 2 days.

 

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Reports: Germany set to miss 2020 climate targets

1 month 3 weeks ago

An official Government report will show that Germany has missed its 2020 target to cut carbon emissions.
The revelation, reported in the German magazine Der Spiegel, will put pressure on Chancellor Angela Merkel to address the country’s faltering low-carbon economy.
According to the magazine, the 2017 Climate Protection Report shows that Germany is on course to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 32 percent by 2020, falling short of its intended target of 40 percent, compared to 1990 levels.

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A breakthough has been made in lowering cost carbon capture technology

1 month 3 weeks ago

Planting trees is a simple way to offset some of the carbon emissions we pump into the atmosphere. But alone it is not enough to prevent the runaway impacts of climate change.

 

New research claims to have made a major step forward in the economic viability of directly removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, using a new type of technology. A Canadian company, called Carbon Engineering, has published peer-reviewed findings, which show the process can now be done for less than $100 per ton. This is a major improvement on current estimates of $600 per ton.

 

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