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ClientEarth responds to the Commission’s decision on the interpretation of the Energy Efficiency Directive Attempts to weaken the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) have been blocked by a Commission decision which matches ClientEarth’s legal analysis. The Commission confirmed that the EED’s temporal scope is limited to the defined period of 2014-2020. This means early action in… » read more

Just as Bankwatch published a new infographic juxtaposing the European Investment Bank’s beneficial and harmful energy lending, Europe’s political leaders have set a priority for energy investments to phase out fossil fuel subsidies and focus on clean energy instead. posted on the Bankwatch blog by Sven Haertig-Tokarz, Bankwatch web editor One of the agenda points… » read more

What exactly is an energy efficient home? Provided it meets with it’s owner’s energy demands, an energy efficient home is one that reduces energy waste by reducing unnecessary consumption of energy; consequently, energy efficient homes reduce their environmental impact by reducing emissions of greenhouse gasses. Comparing an energy efficient home with a conventional home, one… » read more

A recently published European Commission Report found that investments in energy efficiency are increasing. However, the report noted that there is limited information on the effectiveness of the different financial support measures, both at EU and national level. Few member states have provided details on the effectiveness of national support measures, making it difficult to… » read more

Beyond 2020

Already Brussels is looking beyond 2020 for its climate and energy targets, with the European institutions in recent weeks endorsing 2030 goals and opening public consultation on the 2030 policy framework. Leading questions include – what type, nature and level of climate and energy targets should be set for post-2020? How can coherence between different… » read more

The European Parliament yesterday chastised the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development for its explicit interest in financing a new lignite-fired power plant in Kosovo. NGOs hope the bank will pay more attention to the Parliament than it did to civil society and energy experts so far. posted on the Bankwatch blog by Ionut Apostol,… » read more

The final results of the public consultation on INTELLIGENT ENERGY – EUROPE III IN HORIZON 2020 have been published on the DG Energy website, with responses identifying the public sector and local and regional authorities as priorities in the next funding period. The objective of the consultation was to seek the view of relevant stakeholders… » read more

By Christian Kjaer, EWEA CEO Investing in wind energy makes absolute economic sense. Europe’s ageing power plants need replacing. It makes economic sense to replace a growing proportion of those conventional power plants with wind energy. This is because wind energy does the following:   Creates jobs and economic growth in Europe. 238,000 people worked… » read more

By Managenergy Despite – or perhaps because of – the acute economic recession in Ireland, the Irish government has earmarked €35m million in seed capital for a new energy efficiency fund to help reduce the cash-strapped nation’s energy consumption by 20%. var addthis_config = {“data_track_clickback”:false,”data_track_addressbar”:false,”data_track_textcopy”:false,”ui_atversion”:”300″}; var addthis_product = ‘wpp-3.0.2’;

After a fake press release in which the EIB ‘announced’ its divestment from coal, activists stroke again the next day during the Bank’s annual press conference. In name of EU citizens, President Werner Hoyer received the 2013 ‘World Coal Down’ award. Unfortunately he had to enfeeble the rumours of the EIB’s coal divestment, saying it… » read more

A Bankwatch competition for ideas for EU funds investments that benefit the sustainable development of European communities could offer inspiration for EU and national decision makers. At the final award ceremony in Brussels, the winners told us about their ideas and how EU funding could benefit their countries. Posted on the Bankwatch blog by Patrycja… » read more

At the World Economic Forum The Green Growth Action Alliance published – The green Investment report some weeks ago.The Green Investment Report is the first report from the Alliance. It aims to inform and inspire policy-makers and public and private finance providers to close the gap in delivering inclusive, sustainable growth. As I can see… » read more

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