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How do we get the renovation wave rolling in Germany?

The European Union announced a major renovation wave last fall. It wants to double the rate of renovation in existing buildings over the next ten years. This is urgently needed, because buildings play an important role in climate protection. We have been discussing increasing the renovation rate in Germany for many years, but not much has changed in that time. Is the European renovation wave what…

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Defining Carbon Neutrality: Not as Simple as It Might Seem
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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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Investing in improving energy efficiency is industry's chance to be part of the post-pandemic economic recovery
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Investing in improving energy efficiency is industry's chance to be part of the post-pandemic economic recovery

In January 2020, the European Commission presented its European Green Deal investment Plan. The European Green Deal Investment Plan will mobilise EU funding and create an enabling framework to…

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Russia's hydrogen for Japan
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Russia's hydrogen for Japan

Russia is all set to gain a foothold in the global hydrogen sector in what looks like a bid to be a key supplier for Japan, which has ambitious targets for adoption of the fuel by 2050. Japan's plans…

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Pandemic upends commercial renewable energy demand
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Pandemic upends commercial renewable energy demand

The covid-19 pandemic is disrupting industries around the world, including renewable energy. With so many workers stuck at home, experts caution that corporate renewable energy demand could drop off. …

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Uruguay, Latin America’s renewable champion
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Uruguay, Latin America’s renewable champion

Uruguay lies between Argentina and Brazil on the Atlantic Ocean and is home to about 3.5 million people. But this small country has made it to the top 5 in wind and solar energy producers worldwide.  …

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India's electricity upgrade
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India's electricity upgrade

India’s national transmission grid must urgently modernise to increase the rate of renewable energy adoption. This is a key prerequisite for achieving India’s renewable energy investment ambitions…

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New decade opens with cascade of US coal plant closures
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New decade opens with cascade of US coal plant closures

The new decade is opening with a mounting cascade of plant closures in the United States coal industry, with investors abandoning ship, revenue being driven down by record-low gas and renewable energy…

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More national climate policies expected, but how effective are the existing ones?
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More national climate policies expected, but how effective are the existing ones?

Author: European Environment Agency In 2019, EU Member States reported that they had already adopted or were planning to adopt 1925 national policies and corresponding measures to reduce greenhouse…

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