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  • Large gap between targets and installed solar heat capacity in Europe

    Large gap between targets and installed solar heat capacity in Europe

    According to a Eurostat press release published on 23 January, renewable energy sources made up 18 % of total energy generation throughout the European Union at the end of 2018, which means the EU’s target of 20 % by the end of 2020 seems well within reach. And yet, the above chart shows...
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  • Webinar series presents cost-effective industrial solar heat solutions

    Webinar series presents cost-effective industrial solar heat solutions

    Since the beginning of this year, Ata Insights has been running a monthly series of webinars about solar industrial heat (SHIP). The third webinar, titled Opportunities for solar heat in Europe, will be held at 12:00 CET on 19 March. The aim of this series is to illustrate the huge...
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  • How to reduce energy consumption in historic buildings?

    How to reduce energy consumption in historic buildings?

    Historic buildings make up 30 % of the European building stock and account for more than a third of the total energy consumption in the residential sector across the EU. However, architects and building owners are often lacking information about how to retrofit historic buildings while...
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  • Possible, but tricky: carbon pricing in the building sector

    Possible, but tricky: carbon pricing in the building sector

    Whether to include the building sector in the EU’s Emissions Trading System (ETS) was one of the key questions discussed at a workshop in Brussels in late January. Representatives from industry associations said at the event, organised by the European Heating Industry (EHI) association,...
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  • Solar Energy Buildings to make cities fit for the future

    Solar Energy Buildings to make cities fit for the future

    Buildings account for around 40 % of the world’s primary energy consumption. Hence, they are the number one cause of resource consumption on earth. Because not every urban neighbourhood all over the world can be connected to district heating, local governments and building owners may need...
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  • Role of life-cycle costs in NZEB projects

    Role of life-cycle costs in NZEB projects

    How much does it cost to construct, run and maintain a Nearly Zero Energy Building? What energy efficiency and renewable options could work best for a given project? Answering these and other questions is the aim of ...
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  • Where you can meet renewable heating specialists over the next six months

    Where you can meet renewable heating specialists over the next six months

    The European Green Deal has been the new EU Commission’s most striking announcement to date. Its aim is to make Europe the first carbon-neutral continent in the world by 2050. The commission announced it would propose a European Climate Act in the first 100 days of its term, which is why...
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  • Germany: “It makes sense to invest in renewable heating now”

    Germany: “It makes sense to invest in renewable heating now”

    The bill to implement Germany’s 2030 climate protection package was passed by the country’s parliament on 15 November 2019 and came into effect at the beginning of this year. It contains a wide variety of provisions that should support the implementation of the national climate action plan...
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  • Cities crucial to clean energy transition

    Cities crucial to clean energy transition

    The first edition of the Renewables in Cities Global Status Report was published by REN21, France, at the end of 2019. In all, 380 people, mostly volunteers, contributed to this report, supplying data on the progress of the renewable energy transition across municipalities, including...
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  • Solar heat champions

    Solar heat champions

    Last year brought the European solar heating and cooling sector back on track for growth, the Solar Heat Europe association based in Brussels, Belgium, emphasised in a press release published on 13 December. The newly installed collector area in the 28 EU member countries and Switzerland...
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    Sabine Putz: Solar Heat for Cities

    Europe follows the role model of Denmark were already more than 120 towns, villages and cities use solar district heating. Adapted seasonal heat storage concepts are the big challenge of the future, says Sabine Putz in an Interview at SHC 2019 conference in Santiago de Chile. Sabine Putz...
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  • Photo: RHC-ETIP

    All-renewable future for Europe

    Reaching a 100 % renewable heating and cooling target across Europe by 2050 will only be possible if there is strong and resolute political support to accelerate the market adoption of RHC technologies. This is one of the key messages of the 2050 Vision, which was presented at a one-day...
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