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 discuss where we want to go in general terms we are much more uncomfortable talking about how to get there. For example, let’s look at the EU’s Renovation Wave. The objective is to renovate 35…

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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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New JRC report: Untapping multiple benefits: hidden values in environmental and building policies
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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How will energy look in 2030? My 10 predictions for the next 10 years!
Smart Cities & Buildings

How will energy look in 2030? My 10 predictions for the next 10 years!

  How will energy look in 2030? My 10 predictions for the next 10 years!   Predictions are fun aren’t they? Deep down you know even your boldest shot will be wrong - but that doesn't stop us…

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Electric cars better for climate in 95% of the world
E-Mobility, Mobility & Public Transport

Electric cars better for climate in 95% of the world

Fears that electric cars could actually increase carbon emissions are unfounded in almost all parts of the world, new research shows. Reports have questioned whether electric cars really are…

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Zero waste system: Rebuilding capital for a circular economy
Waste & Waste Water Management

Zero waste system: Rebuilding capital for a circular economy

Innovative zero waste projects in the public and private sectors provide an important opportunity to build local circular economies while avoiding serious environmental harm from plastic pollution and…

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Taking control of the energy transition… 5 ways our cities can tame the energy beast!
Smart Cities & Buildings

Taking control of the energy transition… 5 ways our cities can tame the energy beast!

The energy transition presents cities with unprecedented challenges in planning for the future. Electric Vehicles place an exponential demand on electricity infrastructure, gas is being potentially…

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