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Europe’s Policy Advocacy: Don’t Miss Opportunities of Solar Heating and Cooling

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 30, 2015

The European Solar Thermal Industry Federation is expanding its services in policy advocacy and communication. In October 2014, the Brussels-based association set up a new information tool for members called ESTIF Policy Briefing, which is a regular newsletter gathering links to the most recent news from the EU commission and other international organisations relevant to the solar heating and cooling sector. In July, ESTIF started a new series of Webmeetings with national trade associations in form of webinars. During the first online meeting, ESTIF´s policy officer, Stefano Lambertucci, informed the association representatives about major policy topics from the European Commission and suggested actions at national level. Lambertucci joined ESTIF in 2014 after previous jobs in the Permanent Representation of Italy and in the European Commission. He graduated in International Relations and created and manages the new policy communication tools, such as the ESTIF Twitter account and the Policy Briefing newsletter.

Energy [R]evolution. A Sustainable EU 27 Energy Outlook (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on November 20, 2012

This report was commissioned to the German National Centre for Aerospace, Energy and Transport Research by Greenpeace and the European Renewable Energy Council (EREC). It concludes that around half a million jobs could be created in Europe by 2020 if renewables energies and energy efficiency were to be given priority in the political agenda over nuclear power and fossil fuels. This would require a drastical change in the way we produce, consume and distribute energy which encompasses the following 5 principles:

Albania: New Draft Law to Support Solar Water Heating

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 20, 2012

Albania is taking further steps towards implementing the European Union’s legal framework in terms of solar water heating (SWH) systems. In May 2012, a round-table discussion on the new draft of Albania’s National Renewable Energy Action Plan (NREAP) and the draft law proposal on promoting SWH systems brought together experts in the field, investors, representatives of interest groups, and officials from the Albanian Ministry of Economy, Trade and Energy (METE), as well as the UNDP Climate Change Programme in Albania. UNDP’s Project Leader in Albania, Mirela Kamberi, believes that the “RES law will get approved by the end of 2012”. Some uncertainty, however, remains because the Renewable Energy Sources (RES) law will go to Parliament as part of a package of four laws. Two of these, such as the Law on Power Sector and the amendment of the existing Law on Concessions, deal with rather sensitive issues.
Photo: UNDP Albania

Applications of Solar Thermal Energy in the Mediterranean Basin –ASTEMB (2004)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 22, 2011

This is a presentation made during the International Conference for Renewable Energies which took place in Bonn, Germany, in June 2004. The presentation provides an overview of the project ASTEMB (Applications of Solar Thermal Energy in the Mediterranean Basin).

The project’s objective was to transfer the concept of Guarantee of Solar Results (GSR) to seven countries (Lebanon, Tunisia, Palestinian National Authority, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Algeria) and hereby help them boosting their solar thermal market.

Solar Heating Plants (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 20, 2011

This is a presentation made by Jan Olof Dalenbäck, Professor at Chalmers University of Technology, during the International Solar District Heating Workshop that took place in Graz, Austria, in March 2011.

The presentation provides a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) analysis of solar heating in Europe. The main threat is the lack of incentives and knowledge from decision makers and consumers about this technology.

Solar Thermal Energy Plant Applied to District Heating (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 15, 2011

This is a presentation by Ing. Franco Buscaroli and Ing. Roberto Amidei from AIRU, the Italian Association of Urban Heating, made during the International Solar District Heating Workshop that took place in Graz, Austria, in March 2011.

Solar Heating and Cooling of Buildings (2007)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on February 3, 2011

This document includes detailed information about solar heating and cooling technologies for buildings. The document is one of the deliverables of the BRITA in PuBs project (Bringing Retrofit Innovation to Application in Public Buildings). This FP6 funded project involves different countries (Norway, Denmark, Italy, Greece, Germany, UK, Lithuania and Czech Republic). The aim is to develop demonstration projects in selected public buildings to demonstrate how renewable energies could be used.

The Quality Label for Solar Thermal Products in Europe (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on January 21, 2011

This brochure produced by ESTIF, the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation, provides a complete overview of the solar keymark, a certification mark for solar thermal products in Europe.

Solar Energy Cools Milk (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on January 6, 2011

This paper summarises the results of a study made in the framework of the European Commission co-founded project MEDISCO (Mediterranean Food and Agro Industry Applications of Solar Cooling Technologies).

The MEDISCO project (2006-2009) involves countries such as Italy, Spain, Germany, France, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia. The objective is to assess (at a technical and economical level) the most appropriate solar thermally driven systems to tackle the current and future demand of the food and conservation industry sectors in the Mediterranean region.

NREAPs: Only 8 countries to plan with significant Area and Growth Rates

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 29, 2010

  NREAP targets” Clear-cut concepts and mandatory targets to protect the climate was what the European Commission requested from the 27 EU members as they created their National Renewable Energy Action Plans (NREAPs). On 30 June 2010, 23 states delivered their national version – with meagre success for solar thermal technology. Carried out by the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF), an analysis of the presently available NREAPs shows that only the 8 countries displayed in the figure above included significant collector area and growth rates in their plans lasting until 2020.
Source: ESTIF

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