The Central Europe Programme has published three tenders for thematic studies on “Energy efficiency and renewable energies", “Demographic change and knowledge development” and “Cultural heritage and creative resources”. The deadline for submitting non-binding offers is 19 July 2013 at 17.00 pm (Vienna local time).
International Energy Agency (IEA) Report
The rapid expansion of renewable technologies is one of the few bright spots in an otherwise bleak assessment of global progress towards low-carbon energy, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said in an annual report to the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) here today.
The new (2013) call for proposals has been published under Intelligent Energy Europe Programme (IEE), which objective is to contribute to secure, sustainable and competitively priced energy for Europe. There will be € 65 million available for funding in 2013. The deadline for submission is 8 May 2013.
All the necessary links, documents and guidance to help potential applicants are available at IEE website.
The European Commission gave out over 1.2 billion euro ($1.59 billion) in grants this week to 23 “highly innovative” renewable energy demonstration projects in a bid to boost the development of clean technologies in the European Union.
The funds were taken from revenues obtained from the sale of 200 million emissions allowances from new participants’ reserve of the E.U. Emissions Trading System.
The European Commission has finalised its working plan for energy-using products to be covered under the European Ecodesign Directive for 2012-14. It has established an indicative list of twelve broad product groupsto be considered for the adoption of implementing measures designed to increase resource efficiency and cut greenhouse emissions. The list includes water-related products such as showerheads and taps, steam boilers, windows, computer servers, smart meters and wine coolers.
The 2012 edition of the World Energy Outlook was released on 12 November and presents authoritative projections of energy trends through to 2035 and insights into what they mean for energy security, environmental sustainability and economic development. Oil, coal, natural gas, renewables and nuclear power are all covered, together with an update on climate change issues. Global energy demand, production, trade, investment and carbon dioxide emissions are broken down by region or country, by fuel and by sector.
Between the rising cost of living and concerns about protecting the environment, homeowners have become increasingly interested in finding ways to cut down on energy use. A new ISO International Standard gives a framework for taking into consideration the design process in buildings that will lead to greater energy efficiency – and lower energy bills.
Investing in regions and renewable energy sources will help deliver EU's ambitious Energy Roadmap 2050
The Committee of the Regions (CoR) has backed the European Commission's plans to reduce energy consumption and commit to shifting towards more sustainable energy resources, but has urged that far more needs to be done to support local and regional authorities if these objectives are to be achieved. The European Commission unveiled its Energy Roadmap 2050 in December last year which seeks to achieve the EU's target of reducing greenhouse emissions to 80-95% below 1990 levels by 2050 while protecting energy supply and maintaining competitiveness.
The South African economy is largely based on minerals’ extraction and processing, which is very energy intensive. The country’s unique energy mix and challenges have required a multi-pronged public and private sector response. The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS), ISO member for the country, plays a pivotal role in developing relevant standards to enable the implementation of energy efficiency.
From Johannes Fresner, STENUM:
PATRES is a project within Intelligent Energy Europe. The main objective of PATRES is supporting local authorities, public utilities and social housing bodies in implementing effective regulations and policies concerning minimum levels of energy from Renewable energy (RE) sources in their building regulations and codes for new or refurbished buildings or in the public procurement for their facilities or social housing.