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Smart and electric: Dresden goes climate neutral
Smart and electric: Dresden goes climate neutral
17 th November 2022 - The city of Dresden – the second most populated city in Germany – has an important historical significance in the country.
Wearing wood for a low-carbon life
Wearing wood for a low-carbon life
“Wood may be present in people’s life more than we think”, says Mariana Hassegawa, a researcher at the European Forest Institute . She is one of the authors of a case study on new wood-based products by the BioMonitor EU project.
Too much demand for the existing infrastructure. The renewables communities’ paradox in the energy crisis era
Too much demand for the existing infrastructure. The renewables communities’ paradox in the energy crisis era
“ At the end of last year, we were so overwhelmed that we had to start rejecting new membership demands .” Dirk Vansintjan is a board member of EcoPower , a Belgian renewable energy cooperative, founded in 1991.
Refusing to fold: can paper manufacturers face down energy challenges?
Refusing to fold: can paper manufacturers face down energy challenges?
The world of online digital media marches forward relentlessly, but many of us still prefer the feel and enjoyment of a good book in our hands, or a newspaper to while away a quiet moment.
Mining a rich seam of creativity: how the minerals sector is contributing to climate action
Mining a rich seam of creativity: how the minerals sector is contributing to climate action
Minerals are an indispensable part of modern life, but their extraction and use has shadowed the development of human society for thousands of years.
Shielding the Grid to Foster Renewables: the Cybersecurity Challenge
Shielding the Grid to Foster Renewables: the Cybersecurity Challenge
In the mid-90s, when he was 9 to 12 years old, Tommy DeVoss broke into the computer systems of global fast-food and pharmaceutical companies. He also hacked into organisations such as the US government, the US military, and NASA .
Transformation in Antalya for a smarter, low-carbon future
Transformation in Antalya for a smarter, low-carbon future
The Turkish city of Antalya, on the country’s southwest coast, is perhaps best known internationally as a holiday destination. But as one of Turkey’s largest cities, Antalya is home to around 2.
Taking the heat: how innovation could slash emissions from oil and gas refining
Taking the heat: how innovation could slash emissions from oil and gas refining
The global transition from an economy underpinned by fossil fuels to an economy powered by renewable energy is well underway. The pace of that transition, however, has come under scrutiny – especially at the recent COP26 climate summit in Glasgow.
Joining forces to finance renewables: the investment platform model
Joining forces to finance renewables: the investment platform model
Santa Casa da Misericordia de Serpa is a well-established Portuguese social institution that runs hospitals, nursing homes and housing projects for elderly.
Modular facades for tailored retrofitting
Modular facades for tailored retrofitting
Innovative solutions are required to improve the energy efficiency of the existing residential building stock in Europe. But combining such innovation with better management and new business models creates unique retrofitting opportunities .
Magdalena Karolina Rozanska – Face-lifting buildings to save energy
Magdalena Karolina Rozanska – Face-lifting buildings to save energy
Buildings are responsible for 40% of Europe’s total primary energy consumption. Residential buildings represent about 80% of the total building stock.
Energy efficient building in the public eye
Energy efficient building in the public eye
The heating and cooling of buildings take a large share in the energy consumption in Europe . The average energy consumption in the non-residential sector, such as public and industrial buildings, is estimated to be at least 40% greater than in the residential sector.
Global solar radiation map
Global solar radiation map
Renewable energy sources play an important role in securing future energy supply and mitigating climate change.
Restore History and Save Energy
Restore History and Save Energy
Restoring historic buildings and saving energy at the same time is now a reality. Passive house window expert Franz Freundorfer developed the heat-saver for the Waaghaus in Bolzano, a building from the 13th century .
Making Europe’s cultural heritage more energy efficient
Making Europe’s cultural heritage more energy efficient
A well-accepted measure for climate protection involves reducing greenhouse gas emissions . And buildings have the greatest energy saving potential, according to the official EU Energy Efficiency Plan 2011 .
Alexandra Troi: Retrofitting of historical buildings requires multiple expertise
Alexandra Troi: Retrofitting of historical buildings requires multiple expertise
Historical buildings and town quarters are an integral part of the European cultural heritage. However, such buildings are often not very energy efficient and thus contribute substantially to the emission of greenhouse gases.
Screening eco-innovation level
Screening eco-innovation level
Going green is one of the fastest growing trends, particularly in industry. But smaller size companies are often left wondering how best to become more environmentally friendly .
Jorge Marx Gómez: Putting environmental performance into practice
Jorge Marx Gómez: Putting environmental performance into practice
Jorge Marx Gómez is professor and chair of business information systems at the Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg , Germany. He was the scientific manager of the EU-funded project OEPI , completed in 2012.
Michael Krause: Reconciling energy efficiency and comfort
Michael Krause: Reconciling energy efficiency and comfort
The NuOffice in Munich is an office building and one of the showcases of the EU-funded project DIRECTION . The first building phase was completed in 2012, the second and third will be completed in 2014 and 2015.
Most Sustainable Office in the World
Most Sustainable Office in the World
Much effort has been put into its planning and construction to reach this high-level of sustainability, which makes it the most sustainable newly erected office building worldwide , according to LEEDS standards.
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