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20 Mar 2014

Development of renewable energy sources in Germany in 2013

Development of renewable energy sources in Germany in 2013

The German Environment Ministry has set up the Working Group on Renewable Energy – Statistics (AGEE-Stat) to ensure that all statistics and data relating to renewable energy sources are part of a comprehensive, up-to-date and coordinated system. Based on statistical data from the AGEE-Stat on the following link you find an overview in brief (graphics and tables) about the current development of renewable energies (electricity, heat and...

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18 Feb 2014

2030 climate and energy framework: the Parliament calls for heat strategy

Parliament’s joint Environment (ENVI) and Energy (ITRE) Committee recognised on January the 9th the importance of heating and cooling in today’s vote on a 2030 framework for climate and energy policies. Heating and cooling represent over 45% of the final energy consumption in the European Union compared to 20% for electricity, 26% transport and 9% for ‘non-energy’ use (IEA, 2011) yet they remain largely neglected...

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22 Jan 2014

Medium Combustion Plants Directive: publication and next steps

The proposal for a Directive on the limitation of emissions of certain pollutants into the air from medium combustion plants (MCP Directive) was published by the European Commission on 18th December 2013. This concerns installations with a capacity between 1 and 50 MW. All related documents are available here. Next steps in the institutional process: the proposal is now going to be sent to the Council...

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13 Nov 2013

Horizon 2020: Energy + bioeconomy

Horizon 2020: Energy + bioeconomy

Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe’s global competitiveness. Running from 2014 to 2020 with a budget of just over €70 billion, the EU’s new programme for research and innovation is part of the drive to create new growth and jobs in Europe. Horizon 2020 provides major simplification through a single set of rules. It...

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02 Apr 2013

The Heat Coalition calls for a comprehensive European approach for heating and cooling

European heating&cooling assosiations

“The debate must include heating and cooling ” urged the Heat Coalition as the Green Paper A 2030 framework for climate and energy policies was published on 27th March 2013. Shall we remember that last year they already claimed for a more ambitious European heating and cooling policy. According to the Heat Coalition, a platform gathering 11 European associations with a stake in the heating...

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12 Dec 2012

European Technology Platforms (ETPs) are key to boosting the European Union “industrial policy”.

The European Technology Platforms (ETPs) are already an existing powerful tool and they could be the concrete solution for innovation and deployment of the industrial policy. ETPs have been active in implementation of the FP 7 for R&I of  the EU.and are now providing information and proposals to the ongoing work for the establishment of Horizon 2020 to bring it into line with the real...

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