Cultivating a Circular Culture

DecarbEurope partner APPLiA has developed a Circular Culture initiative. It aims to promote a societal change to move towards a circular economy.

APPLiA is a Brussels-based trade association that provides a single, consensual voice for the home appliance industry in Europe. Its members manufacture a wide variety of home appliances:

  • Large appliances such as refrigerators, freezers, ovens, dishwashers, washing machines and dryers;
  • Small appliances such as vacuum cleaners, irons, toasters and toothbrushes;
  • Heating, ventilation and air conditioning appliances such as air conditioners, heat pumps and local space heaters.

One of their initiatives is Circular Culture, aimed at promoting a societal change that involves all of us, as citizens, in the shift towards a circular model.

Join the Smart Energy Summit 2019

Register now for what promises to be an outstanding event. DecarbEurope partner smartEn is organising the Smart Energy Summit 2019: Prosumers in the Lead.

Active energy consumers, often called ‘prosumers’ because they both consume and produce electricity, are dramatically changing the European electricity system.

Various types of prosumers exist:

  • Residential prosumers who produce electricity at home, mainly through solar photovoltaic panels on their rooftops
  • Citizen-led energy cooperatives or housing associations
  • Commercial prosumers whose main business activity is not electricity production
  • Public institutions such as schools or hospitals.

The rise in the number of prosumers has been facilitated by the fall in the cost of renewable energy technologies, especially solar panels, which in some Member States produce electricity at a cost that is the same or lower than retail prices.

BACS requirements are key to the success of the recast EPDB

New report confirms that Building Automation & Control Systems are absolutely indispensable for the cost-effective decarbonisation of the EU building stock

Specific requirements in the new Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) concerning Building Automation and Control Systems (BACS) will ensure that the European Union reduces building energy consumption significantly further and faster than if the Directive was implemented without BACS.

This is the clear message from a study carried out by Waide Strategic Efficiency on behalf of eu.bac, the voice of European manufacturers in the home/building automation sector.

Deploying energy storage as transmission

Storage as virtual transmission is poised to change the way utilities and planners draw transmission network maps, allowing them unprecedented flexibility in how they design and augment their networks.

Throughout the world, big changes are happening as to how and where electricity is generated, where it needs to be sent, and how it is to be used. The result is that the transmission network map is constantly being redrawn. Unfortunately, no matter how many times it’s redrawn, planners and utilities seeking to accelerate upgrades on unexpectedly busy corridors are faced with the same challenges. These include long permitting times and disputes with communities over placement of projects.

Irish cities to get their local parcels delivered at zero-emissions

An Post (national postal service operator Ireland) is replacing all 220 local delivery diesel vehicles in the cities with electric vehicles by 2020, and a total of 750 EVs will replace its urban fleet by 2022.

Where Blockchain and Energy intersect

Two DecarbEurope partners are independently investigating the potential positive and negative consequences of Blockchain in the energy community.

EEIP: Blockchain will be the next GDPR

As stated recently by Eurelectric: “Blockchain enabled solutions can be implemented and unlock huge opportunities to have everyone participate and derive economic benefits in the new energy world using ‘simple’ interoperable and convenient platforms”.

With this in mind, an article entitled Blockchain will be the next GDPR on the EEIP (Energy Efficiency for Industrial Processes) website looks at what the potential applications of blockchain technologies could be, and how Blockchain could affect the provision – and the value – of energy services.