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Heating of buildings and warm water production are two major causes of energy consumption in Europe, and account for a significant proportion of overall European CO2 emissions (between 25% and 30% of the total). To read the full article, —————————————- Post written by Laurent ZIBELL. Founder of the political association “Forum Civique” (1995-1999) and of… » read more

Rail is a highly sustainable mode of transport that is well-adapted to the medium population densities present in Europe. However, the European rail networks need to be transformed deeply. To read the full article, —————————————— Post written by Laurent ZIBELL, founder of the political association “Forum Civique” (1995-1999) and of the association “European Citizens’ Seminars… » read more

In a recent interview with the Financial Times the new US Secretary for Energy, CHU, has ruled out the chances for raising the federal gasoline tax as not being politically feasible. That is regrettable, though no surprise to those familiar with US politics. US action against climate change, as envisaged by the Obama Administration, focuses… » read more

Needless to say, it is the innovation pipeline — from blue-sky research to entrepreneurial development to the markets — that transforms basic ideas into new economic building blocks safeguarding our prosperity and all that comes with it including the future of the European project. Now, while in the United States a discussion has been launched… » read more

Phenomenon of geothermal energy is not the discovery of our generation. At the very beginning of it, in 1852, Lord Kelvin focused his attention on natural heat as an enormous source of power at disposal for human being. On the other hand, knowledge on field of physics had been not enough developed in order to… » read more

Winds of change

We northern Europeans often complain about the blustery, rainy, windy weather that batters our shores, but this climate also offers us great potential to face the economic and environmental storms overhead. That’s because on our very coastlines we have a resource which can provide more energy than the Gulf oilfields and create thousands of jobs,… » read more

In a letter to all MEPs, Orgalime has expressed it’s concerns with respect to the upcoming votes of the European Parliament on the draft Podimata report and draft energy labelling implementation measures for refrigerators and TVs. Orgalime requests their support for resolving, what in our view, are major issues in the establishment of the European… » read more

Sir, Regarding ‘EU lawmakers reject revised energy labels‘: The current dispute concerning the Energy Labelling Directive between the Parliament on one hand and the Commission and the Council on the other, is taking a theological course along the lines of ‘how many angels can dance on the head of a pin?’. All parties agree that… » read more

On April 23, 2009, the European Parliament has called for all new buildings respecting zero energy and emission standards, as of 2019. This would be feasible through super-insulation combined with renewable energy covering the remaining energy needs, e.g. for heating, cooling and warm water. Buildings account for 40 percent of global energy consumption and C02… » read more

Coal industry can begin deploying CCS technology now: WCI chief Copenhagen (Platts)–18Mar2009–Carbon capture and storage technology has developed to the point where it can now deliver up to 55% of the emission reductions needed to fight global warming worldwide up to 2100, World Coal Institute CEO Milton Catelin said Wednesday on the sidelines of a… » read more

The biggest European automobile manufacturer has announced its intention to introduce a new extra high fuel-efficiency model as of this autumn. Its consumption would be 3.3 litre/100 km, or the equivalent of 87 grammes C02 emissions per km. This news has to be on the background of aconfirms swing in the automobile market away from… » read more

Is this fine by the Flemish government appropriate? As of January 2009, all new residential houses in Flanders must be audited by the Flemish Energy Agency (VEA). This is to ensure that energy use is kept within appropriate limits. Houses are rated according to their so-called E-level, which must be less than 100 to receive… » read more

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