March 20th, 2013
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Improving energy efficiency has long been advocated as a way to increase the productivity and sustainability of society, primarily through the delivery of energy savings. The impact of energy efficiency measures can go far beyond energy savings, and energy efficiency improvements can be an important contributor to economic growth and social development.
The energy performance of buildings is key for reaching the European Union’s very ambitious climate targets. “Nearly zero energy building (nZEB)” is the term for a building standard that complies with this ambition. Living in 2013 we have 8 years to go until every single Member State will have to build every single new building as nearly zero energy building, and even only 6 years to go for nearly zero energy public buildings.Read full article
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With a 75% share, hydroelectricity is by far the main contributor to electricity generation from renewables in Europe. In 2011, it accounted for 16% of total electricity production and more than 20% of the total installed generation capacity. With 220 GW of installed capacity, hydroelectricity still dwarves wind power that stands at 96 GW. Read full article
Energy efficiency has been a key topic for many years now, yet there still remain opportunities to reduce energy use in existing buildings. With existing buildings making up a significant proportion of Europe’s building stock, reducing the energy they consume can help make inroads to meeting carbon reduction targets.Read full article
The year 2013 was a year with both positive and negative elements for the Implementing Agreement on Demand Side Management.
We have drafted a strategic plan for the upcoming years, and are busy finalising the
The umbrella for the strategic plan is the concept of Integrated Demand Side Management.
Three pillars working together to achieve optimal use of energy produced:Read full article
Electromagnetic processing of materials (EPM) provides significant opportunities for saving primary energy and reducing carbon emissions in industrial thermal processes. The use of electricity for industrial thermal processes has a current market share of around 10% in Europe and is divided in numerous different applications and industrial branches, where today the share between fossil fuel and electricity used as the end energy carrier is absolute different.Read full article
December 27th, 2012
In the wake of the financial crisis, global unemployment rates have hit 6% with no improvement projected until after 2016. Recent estimates suggest that the most severely affected are today's youth, with their global unemployment rate reaching 12.7%. Even the most educated generation in terms of higher degree attainment, the Millennial Generation born between early 1980s and mid-90s, are struggling to secure employment.Read full article
Power quality is important when market liberalization focuses on electricity price and regulators are focused only on energy efficiency. Lack of power quality may cause damage and the total cost of using electrical energy can be thus doubled.Read full article
Transmission losses in European networks vary between 1 and 2.6% of electricity generated. Distribution losses can be as high as 11.7%. On average, 7% of electricity is lost in T&D networks, making losses the single biggest electricity use in any member state.Read full article