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Pre-commercial procurement for 100% renewable retrofits

The EU Horizon 2020 project procuRE is offering €7.68 million for RandD services in building technology and renewables. It is financed by the cities of Nuremberg (Germany), Istanbul (Turkey), Velenje (Slovenia), Eilat (Israel) and Barcelona (Spain) The project will pave the way for the decarbonisation of the 21,000 buildings owned by the participating cities through replicable solutions and showcase the examples of best practice to be implemented elsewhere. All relevant stakeholders are invited to participate local Open Market Consultation in April and May. Public and private property owners Owners are also invited to the Open Market consultations and to become Preferred Partners free of charge to receive detailed information about the project and its results. The results of the project can be found on: Website twitter LinkedIn newsletter and the planned events can be seen on: (herell €768.com and the project.

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

The EU's Renovation Wave aims to renovate 35 million buildings between now and 2030. That means about 3.5 million buildings annually. Adrian Joyce says there is an annual green investment gap of up to €275 billion. But he says.

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Contribution of startups to the energy transition in the building sector
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Contribution of startups to the energy transition in the building sector

An energy turnaround in the heating market requires greater efficiency and the greatest possible reduction in the use of fossil fuels. The energy supply of buildings accounts for around 30 percent of Germanys greenhouse gas emissions. About a quarter of companies can be assigned to .

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How do we get the renovation wave rolling in Germany?
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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. Efficient new buildings are important, but they contribute little to achieving climate protection targets. If no additional measures.

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

New report by European Commissions Joint Research Centre. It aims to understand how to handle energy performance targets. This is a relatively new endeavour in both scientific research and realised projects. There are several ‘zero energy and ‘energy community concepts that.

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

Findings show that green policies can improve both our health and the economy. Study provides guidance to policy and decision-makers in developing a methodology for the inclusion of multiple benefits in a cost/benefit assessment of energy efficiency policies. It is envisaged that.

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

Ten years ago Matt Cardle was Christmas number one (anyone remember Mr Cardle?) and David Cameron had just started his 6 years in office. The UK Government predicted in its base case energy scenario that in 2020 electricity generation would be delivered with 75T.

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Electric cars better for climate in 95% of the world
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Electric cars better for climate in 95% of the world

Study by universities of Exeter, Nijmegen and Cambridge found that electric cars lead to lower carbon emissions overall. Under current conditions, driving an electric car is better for the climate than conventional petrol cars in 95% of the world. Study projects.

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Zero waste system: Rebuilding capital for a circular economy
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Zero waste system: Rebuilding capital for a circular economy

The number of zero-waste city projects is growing in Asia. But traditional development capital for waste systems is often misaligned with zero waste approaches. Incineration is the most expensive waste treatment system for construction, maintenance, and operations.

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

Cities of any size need to draw a line in the sand and assess where they are today. Assess what is the cities current consumption, what infrastructure assets already exist, how is energy already used? Take small steps now in the direction you want.

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