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DecarbEurope partners in action at EUSEW Policy Conference

DecarbEurope partners are actively involved in one form or another (e.g. speaker, forum panellist, co-organiser) in 32 of the 92 sessions at the 3-day Policy Conference of the 2019 EU Sustainable Energy Week. Here’s a short overview of where you can listen to their interventions.

The very first decarbonisation solutions

The innovative decarbonisation solutions offered today by DecarbEurope’s partners owe a lot to the creativity, engineering skills and perseverance of inventors from the 19th and 20th centuries.

In this post we look back at the origin of some of today’s decarbonisation solutions by discovering the very first heat pump, wind turbine, solar panel, electric vehicle etc. The inventions are listed chronologically.

10 ways to kick-start energy storage

Energy storage is a key enabler of the energy transition. But how to start promoting it? The European Association for Storage of Energy (EASE) has come up with 10 ways.

Energy storage technologies allow us to store excess energy and discharge it when there is too little generation or too much demand. They provide flexibility at different time-scales – seconds/minutes, hours, weeks and even months.

Storage can help consumers increase self-consumption of solar electricity, or to generate value by providing flexibility to the system.

Industrial consumers can install storage to reduce consumption peaks, and to provide back-up power if there is a black-out. In addition, storage at any level can offer system services, safeguarding the secure and efficient operation of the electricity system.

INAIL: Smart AC control in data centre helps cut energy consumption by half

The INAIL office building in Rome houses a recently renovated 1,200 m² data processing centre. A key element of the new air conditioning concept is the building automation and control system (BACS), which introduces real-time management of relevant parameters. The renovation resulted in a 50% reduction in electricity use, a fall in emissions of 1,530 tCO2eq annually, and better reliability and scalability.

The importance of the European elections for climate action

The results of this week’s European elections could define the EU’s approach to the climate crisis for years to come.

Between 23-26 May, more than 400 million voters will go to the polls to elect their representatives for the European Parliament. This puts the European elections second only to the Indian election as the largest democratic exercise on Earth.

The results are likely to have a major effect on shaping the European political agenda on the climate for years to come. It’s easy to see why. Scientists say we have five years to change course on climate change. That’s exactly the term for the next European Parliament.

La Tour du Midi: The tallest building in Belgium and exemplary for high energy performance

In Belgium, Veolia is currently responsible for guaranteeing the energy performance of the Federal Pensions Service’s (FPS) building. In addition to modernizing the energy facilities, Veolia has raised the awareness of the FPS’s 1,867 employees regarding the improved-performance approach.

Industrial heat keeps 8000 Hamburg households warm

An innovative decarbonisation pathway and industrial heat project by Aurubis and enercity has been nominated for the EU Sustainable Energy Awards competition.

The potential award-winner is the largest industrial heat supply project in Germany. It involves multi-metal company Aurubis delivering CO2-free heat from its plant on the island of Peute to the energy service provider enercity through a newly constructed pipeline more than 3.7 km long. Destination for the heat is the residential district in Hamburg of HafenCity East.