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01 Mar 2018

For the first time, wind, sun and biomass overtook coal in supplying European electricity

For the first time, wind, sun and biomass overtook coal in supplying European electricity

According to new report The European Power Sector in 2017, from London-based Sandbag and Berlin-based Agora energiewende think tanks, for the first time, the European Union generated more electricity from wind, solar and biomass than from coal in 2017. The report confirms that this is incredible progress, considering just five years ago coal generation was more than twice that of wind, solar and biomass. The...

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21 Feb 2018

BIOMASA-AP, a project for the improvement of the R&D capacities in biomass, optimizing its management and use

BIOMASA-AP, a project for the improvement of the R&D capacities in biomass, optimizing its management and use

On April 2017 the Biomasa-AP project started, this project has the objective of creating a cross-border cooperation network in order to optimize the exploitation and use of biomass of pruning, scrub, vines and kiwi in the regions of Galicia and North Portugal. The project aims to improve the capacities of the R&D centers of this euroregion with the objective of applying innovative methods and technologies...

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03 Nov 2017

The European Commission publishes the EU research and innovation funding programme Horizon 2020 during 2018-2020

The European Commission has presented the final Work Programme for Horizon 2020, covering the budgetary years 2018, 2019 and 2020 and representing an investment of around €30 billion. (Press Release) The 2018-2020 Work Programme will focus efforts on fewer topics with bigger budgets, directly supporting the Commission’s political priorities: A low-carbon, climate resilient future Circular Economy Digitising and transforming European industry and services Security Union...

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28 Jun 2017

RHC sector still requires dedicated policies in order to accelerate innovation in the EU

The Annual Event “Innovation in the Renewable Heating and Cooling sector” of the European Technology and Innovation Platform on Renewable Heating and Cooling (RHC-ETIP) was successfully held on 20 June in Brussels, Belgium. Over 50 experts attended the event at CENELEC with the aim to discuss the conditions to increase innovation in the renewable heating and cooling (RHC) sector in the European Union as well as...

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27 Jul 2016

The European Biofuels Platform published its Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda

In 2016, the European Biofuels Platform (EBTP) published its Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA). A stakeholder consultation on the SRIA enabling stakeholders and the interested public to give feedback on the draft SRIA was carried out between 24 March 2016 to 24 April 2016. A PDF version of the final version was made available for download in June 2016. The final version of the...

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17 Feb 2016

Europe finally gets a heating and cooling strategy

Europe finally gets a heating and cooling strategy

Heating and cooling  consumes half of the energy consumption in Europe. Luckily the European commission  has created a  the EU strategy  on heating and cooling published the 16/02/2016. Heating and cooling consumes half of the energy in Europe and much of it is wasted. Therefore the European Commission has elaborated a strategy in order to prioritize the efficiency and sustainability in the heating and cooling...

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25 Sep 2015

New Directive (UE) 2015/1315 about ILUC – changes in biofuels regulation

Recently, the Directive (EU) 2015/1513 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 September 2015 amending Directive98/70/EC relating to the quality of petrol and diesel fuels and amending Directive 2009/28/EC on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources has been published. Below you can find a schematic summary about he main elements of this Directive (EU) 2015/1513 regulating the indirect...

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10 Sep 2015

New EurObserv’ER Biofuel Barometer: EU-consumption of biofuels picked up again during 2014

European Union (EU-28) biofuel (liquid and biogas) consumption trends for transport trend (in ktoe)

The EurObserv’ER Barometer regularly publishes indicators reflecting the current dynamics in renewable energy (solar, wind, hydropower, geothermal and biomass, biogas, biofuels) worldwide and within the European Union. A new EurObserv’ER renewable energy Barometer has been released:  Biofuels Barometer 2015 (with data for 2013 and 2014) After a year of uncertainty and decline the consumption of biofuel for use in transport in the European Union (EU-28)...

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09 Jan 2015

New EurObserv’ER solid biomass barometer 2014

New EurObserv’ER solid biomass barometer 2014

The new EurObserv’ER solid biomass barometer has been released. Consumption of solid biomass in the European Union increased once again in 2013, this time by 2.9 Mtoe year -on-year to 91.5 Mtoe. However there was no straight out trend as the increase in demand for solid biomass energy was particularly sharp in France and the UK and to a lesser degree in Spain and in Italy, in deep contrast with the needs of a number...

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