Smart Cities & Buildings

Digital financing platforms - a solution to finance smart city projects?

A few month ago I was starting to look a bit closer to the world of Fintech with the aim to identify new digital financing platforms providing access to finance for smart city projects, especially for small and mid-sized cities. Over the time it became more clear that there is no easy solution available. What was clear from the beginning is that such solutions could only be applied to a certain…

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EV supply chain majors pilot Re|Source, a blockchain solution for end-to-end cobalt traceability
E-Mobility, Mobility & Public Transport

EV supply chain majors pilot Re|Source, a blockchain solution for end-to-end cobalt traceability

Hi y’all! We have some electrifying news to share: Once again in the mining and metals space but this time revolving around the battery supply chain for Electric Vehicles. Tirelessly involved since…

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Eurovision – how energy efficiency became a showstopper
Lighting

Eurovision – how energy efficiency became a showstopper

This week Europe is enjoying three evenings of the Eurovision Song Contest, two semi-finals and the final on Saturday evening. This has been a wonderful way of bringing Europeans together to watch…

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A catalogue of energy efficiency measures for supermarkets
Building Energy Management

A catalogue of energy efficiency measures for supermarkets

The SUPER-HEERO project, co-funded by the European Commission under Horizon 2020 Programme, aims at providing a replicable financial scheme for energy efficiency investment in small and medium…

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Pre-commercial procurement for 100% renewable retrofits
Smart Cities & Buildings

Pre-commercial procurement for 100% renewable retrofits

The EU and the USA increased ambitions to reduce carbon emissions. A green recovery from the pandemic should address the buildings sector, since 90% of buildings will still exist in 2050 being…

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35 million time bomb: what’s up with the EU Renovation Wave?
Smart Cities & Buildings

35 million time bomb: what’s up with the EU Renovation Wave?

I feel like a broken record. Every time I’m with a group related to energy and climate, the discussion obviously gets to meeting our long-term objectives. That is quite understandable. But while we…

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Contribution of startups to the energy transition in the building sector
Building Energy Management

Contribution of startups to the energy transition in the building sector

In collaboration with theVdZ Leading Association for Building Technologyto the ISH digital 2021 (cover photo: VdZ e.V.) An energy turnaround in the heating market requires greater efficiency and the…

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How do we get the renovation wave rolling in Germany?
Smart Cities & Buildings

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…

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How smart cities could use digital finance platforms
Smart Cities & Buildings

How smart cities could use digital finance platforms

Financing is often stated as one of the biggest challenges to implement a smart city strategy. This is not only due to pressure on public budgets but also to inherent complexity of smart city projects…

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New report from JRC: Enabling Positive Energy Districts across Europe: energy efficiency couples renewable energy
Smart Cities & Buildings

New report from JRC: Enabling Positive Energy Districts across Europe: energy efficiency couples renewable energy

From an energy perspective, zero or positive energy districts (PED) provide opportunities to achieve cost-effective levels of high-energy efficiency and renewable energy systems. This newly published…

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