10 Mar 2014
The EU SME Centre is a Support Service Provider for European Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) facilitating market access in China. The Centre provides free of charge, practical information, advice and business tools to better equip SMEs to develop their business and tackle challenges faced in the Chinese market. To help European SMEs considering to enter the Chinese market to make an informed decision, the...
18 Feb 2014
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...
12 Dec 2012
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...
21 Jun 2012
The European Commission’s communication on renewable energy issued on 6th June examines the current 2020 framework for the development of the sector and outlines policy options for the post-2020 phase. “The Commission is pushing for rigorous implementation and enforcement of the Renewable Energy Directive, and rightly so. We must make sure that, even in the current economic crisis, we meet our 2020 objectives, and most...
11 May 2012
Combating climate change and ensuring the security of energy supply represent profound challenges for Europe. Adapting the current energy scenario into a truly sustainable one will require realising the full potential of renewable energy sources to satisfy the heating and cooling demand– which accounts for around half of the EU’s final energy consumption. The European Technology Platform on Renewable Heating & Cooling (RHC-Platform) brings together stakeholders from...
16 Apr 2012
Within the BfN-sponsored project “Implementation of biodiversity targets in sustainable bioenergy use“, the Öko-Institut in cooperation with the Dutch Agentschap NL and the Joint Research Centre held the 2nd Joint Workshop on Extending the RED Sustainability Requirements to Solid Bioenergy on March 12, 2012 in Den Haag (Netherlands). The presentations and further information is given here.
13 Mar 2012
On 6th March, eleven European heat&cool sector related associations published the joint statement “Energy Roadmap 2050: Neither Hot nor Cool“ calling for an ambitious European heating and cooling policy and showing that despite its huge potential, the heating and cooling sector remains misinterpreted in the EU Energy Roadmap 2050.
10 Mar 2011
The Biomass Panel of the European Technology Platform on Heating and Cooling, RHC-ETIP has published its Vision Document where it is highlighted the importance of looking beyond 2020 as many challenges are in front of us like the rising population and their needs for energy or the global warming threat. Also, the need to continue more than ever to improve our efforts towards more efficient and environmentally...