Europe’s industry has significant challenges today. We are fortunate that the European Union provides a robust policy framework for industry that covers many themes: climate change, energy efficiency, renewable energy, air pollution, circular economy, energy security, resources efficiency, decarbonisation (or carbon neutrality) and competitiveness being the most relevant. Today, all Europeans also…

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Policy & Regulation Building Energy Management

New JRC report: Untapping multiple benefits: hidden values in environmental and building policies

The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) has recently published an important new research study on how we can untap the multi benefits from improved energy efficiency in our buildings…

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Energy System Data & Cyber Security

7 major challenges of a power grid and their solutions

Electricity is a powerful thing. In order to use its benefits, it is necessary that the amount of electricity in the grid corresponds with actual consumption needs. Due to the ever-increasing demand…

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Policy & Regulation National & Regional Policy Directives International Organisations ETS Climate Change

Defining Carbon Neutrality: Not as Simple as It Might Seem

How to understand the terms ‘decarbonization’ and ‘carbon neutrality’? It is not about removing carbon itself – it is the combination of carbon and oxygen (carbon-dioxide) which yields harmful…

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Energy System

Is the future synthetic? E-fuels and the future energy system

I’ve previously talked about the challenges of finding an energy source for industries needing a source of concentrated energy such as aviation or even space flight. In my discussion I highlighted the…

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Energy Efficiency Technology Energy Management Industry 4.0

How does COVID19 affect energy efficiency plans of industry?

How does COVID19 affect energy efficiency plans of industry? What framework(s) are effective to help decarbonise industry? Do companies plan to decarbonise? How/by when?

 

What are the short term…

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Energy System

The role of nuclear energy in the European decarbonization path

Last December the European Commission presented the European Green Deal, a plan which is at the core of the strategy to become a carbon neutral region by 2050. This ambitious plan requires significant…

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Finance

Europe’s steel industry and the need to decarbonise

A recent article by Ben Jones in the Financial Times (Europe’s steel industry needs a credible plan to go green, August 6, 2020) discussed the problems that the steel industry is having in reducing…

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Energy System Energy Efficiency Technology

What is the carbon footprint of space travel?

Who couldn’t have been wowed by the recent incredible crewed Space X launch on the 30th May? Two astronauts successfully left the earth’s atmosphere to dock with the international space station on a…

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Finance

How do we finance industrial energy efficiency?

After the first oil crisis, to minimise the risk of major shortages, the US federal government required large industry simply measure their energy use to better understand energy flows within their…

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