New EU rules on ecodesign and energy labelling for boilers, heat pumps and water heaters have come into effect.
Old street lighting systems can account for 30-50% of municipalities’ total electricity consumption. Yet, current technologies offer 30-70% energy savings potentials. These savings potentials have been recognised and incorporated into European policy: EU Regulation 245/2009 sets phasing out requirements for nearly 80 % of all currently used lamps types between 2012 and 2017. This means that these lamp types will no longer be available on the market for purchase.
Take part in the ongoing call for contributions to unlock the potential of energy efficiency in buildings as a global asset. Open until 2 October 2015. The next ICP Europe Technical Forum web meeting will take place on Thursday 24th September at 1500 CET.
Representatives from towns and cities leading the way on climate mitigation and adaptation will meet in Brussels on Thursday 15 October 2015 to launch a new Covenant of Mayors at a high-level ceremony.
STEP UP (Strategies Towards Energy Performance and Urban Planning) is a European FP7 project focused on sustainable energy planning in urban areas.
The upcoming Open Days (12-15 October) feature a session dedicated entirely to the multiple benefits of non-motorised transport in cities. Walking and cycling improve mobility and public health while mitigating the negative impacts of motorised transport such as noise and air pollution.
Klimaschutz Made in NRW, a campaign of the German state North Rhine-Westphalia, has announced its accomplishments in reaching private households to contribute to the German state’s energy and climate goals.
The competition to become Europe’s greenest town is now open. Cities with a population between 20,000 and 100,000 inhabitants implementing outstanding environmental and sustainable energy policies are encouraged to apply for the European Green Leaf 2016. Applications are open until 19 October 2015.
23/8/2015. More than 720 cities have confirmed their participation in the 2015 edition of the European Mobility Week to take place next 16-22 September. Since its first edition in 2002, sustainability is the guiding principle. This year, the main theme is multimodality, referring to a combination of different means of transport within the same journey.
20/8/2015. London is going ahead with its green policies to cut energy consumption, reduce C02 emissions and improve air quality. From the Business Energy Challenge to the Mayor’s Street Tree Initiative, the city is combining adaptation and mitigation measures for the benefit of more than 8 million Londoners.
18/8/2015. JESSICA, the EU-funded programme for sustainable urban development is to deploy EUR 68 million to refurbish 350 multi-apartments in Lithuania. The European Investment Bank (EIB) is partnering with AB Šiaulių, a Lithuanian bank with a proven track record in renovation loans.
By now, the majority of world leaders have Paris marked in their agenda. From 30 November to 11 December, the City of Light will host the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, most commonly known as COP21.
50 million smart meters are to be fitted in 26 million homes over the next 6 years across England, Wales and Scotland.
The EU-funded project 50000&1 SEAPs has launched a call to take part in a coaching program for the development, implementation and monitoring of sustainable energy actions plans at the local level.
Irish Minister for Energy Alex White paid a visit to the Aran Islands this month to see how the community accomplished significant energy and cost savings.
Sixty mayors have met with Pope Francis to discuss climate change, resulting in a joint declaration.