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Make or break for EU Industry

The Energy Efficiency Financial Institutions Group (EEFIG) has just published its final report from its working group on industry. It is a wake-up call that action needs to be taken urgently. Europes industry must decarbonise to unprecedented levels at a high pace. The EU is taking leadership in the efforts to meet its Paris climate obligations through the European Green Deal and the recently published ‘Fit for 55 package. Achieving energy efficiency improvements, reducing GHG emissions and decarbonising industry becomes a higher priority. The Working Group included a wide range of experts from the financial community, industry representatives, technology and service suppliers, academics and policy analysts. There were six lively meetings for the group to look at the sector from every perspective. As team lead, representing EEIP, it was an invigorating and motivating experience because everyone knew more had to be done if Europe was to meet - or surpass - the Paris climate commitments.

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New IEA report on energy efficiency published
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New IEA report on energy efficiency published

The IEA examines the full spectrum of energy issues including oil, gas and coal supply and demand. The report stresses that more efficient use of energy is the first and best response. In 2022 the global economy used energy 2% more efficiently than it did in 2021.

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Regulatory Barriers for Energy Service Companies
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Regulatory Barriers for Energy Service Companies

The Global ESCO Network has conducted a series of interviews with partner associations in order to map barriers for ESCOs that can be characterized as regulatory in nature. The interviews have been open and explorative, but structured with the aim to facilitate a categorization and benchmarking across countries.

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World Energy Outlook 2022 - global energy crisis: a historic turning point towards a cleaner and more secure future
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World Energy Outlook 2022 - global energy crisis: a historic turning point towards a cleaner and more secure future

For the first time, global demand for each of the fossil fuels shows a peak or plateau across all WEO scenarios. Russian exports in particular falling significantly as the world energy order is reshaped. The biggest tremors have been felt in the markets for natural gas, coal and electricity.

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Is REPowerEU able to accelerate transition to renewable energies and improve energy security?
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Is REPowerEU able to accelerate transition to renewable energies and improve energy security?

REPowerEU is a plan for saving energy, producing clean energy and diversifying the European energy supplies. It is backed by financial and legal measures to build the new energy infrastructure and system that Europe needs.

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The EU Coordinated Plan on AI: Expectations for the Energy Transition
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The EU Coordinated Plan on AI: Expectations for the Energy Transition

The EU is aiming for a net-zero and eco-friendly AI which is reflected in its latest set of actions and regulations for managing the development of Artificial Intelligence in the EU. The Coordinated Plan on Artificial Intelligence is a joint commitment issued by the the European Commission and Member States.

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EU plan to boost green energy
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EU plan to boost green energy

EU needs €210bn over next five years to pay for phasing out Russian fossil fuels based on a plan drawn up in response to the Kremlin-ordered invasion of Ukraine. The plan proposes upgrades to the EU green deal, the blocs flagship policy to confront the climate crisis. Officials also want to cut energy consumption by 13% by 2030 (compared with 2020), too.

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Cracking the Hydrogen Egg! How can consumers understand where their Hydrogen has come from?
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Cracking the Hydrogen Egg! How can consumers understand where their Hydrogen has come from?

In a global interconnected system understanding where hydrogen has come from will become incredibly important. The temptation for some to make hydrogen from coal and release the carbon dioxide into the atmosphere may be too great, however as international trade develops the risk increases.

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Does the public's view of Hydrogen matter?
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Does the public's view of Hydrogen matter?

A recent survey in the United Kingdom assessed public perception to be largely ambivalent to hydrogen. Over 64% of participants were unable to demonstrate even a basic knowledge of hydrogen technology or its potential to contribute to the energy system.

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A systems approach to energy end use
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A systems approach to energy end use

The optimization of energy use in buildings and industry requires a systems approach to harvest its full potential. This idea is winning ground, as it is shown by the proposal of the ITRE committee of the European Parliament to include a definition of ‘system efficiency'.

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