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.

KL University: Technical monitoring during commissioning leads to additional energy savings and multiple benefits

A gap between predicted and actual building performance is often identified. The Karl Landsteiner Privatuniversität for Health Science (Austria) implemented a technical monitoring process that checks the performance of the technical systems and therefore enables to identify deficiencies during the early operation phase.

The green revolution starts at home

Attend this seminar to discover the opportunities, tools and technologies available for the decarbonisation of the heating and cooling sector in Europe

It’s clear that more needs to be done to decarbonise the household heating & cooling sector. After all, it’s here that Europe consumes most (51%) of its energy. Yet over 80% of the heat delivered to domestic buildings comes from inefficient and polluting boilers. These need to be replaced with more efficient models, and the use of renewables needs to be significantly increased from the current 20% share.

The way ahead seems clear

There’s no shortage of solutions. Just think what’s available in this sector: district heating, cogeneration, heat pumps, biomass boilers and stoves, solar heat, geothermal energy …

Bioland Energy: Spain’s first biomass plant used for self-consumption reduces emissions with 1.4 tCO2eq/year

In May 2018, the University of Jaén (UJA) and Bioland Energy signed a contract to carry out an analysis of the feasibility and viability of a biomass gasification plant using olive by-products, with the aim of obtaining electricity and thermal energy of renewable origin, thus enabling energy self-sufficiency.

AVERE brings electromobility to DecarbEurope

A short introduction to the objectives and activities of ­AVERE, the European Association for Electromobility, which is the latest DecarbEurope partner.

Operating under the slogan of “Electromobility is environmentally, humanly and economically sustainable,” AVERE seeks to build a strong network of expertise and knowledge that helps foster the best environment for innovation. It aims to help support the transition to electrification and establish the right policy frameworks throughout Europe to ensure that effective business models can take advantage of this development.