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17 Feb 2016

Europe finally gets a heating and cooling strategy

Europe finally gets a heating and cooling strategy

Heating and cooling consumes half of the energy consumption in Europe. Luckily the European commission  has created a  the EU strategy  on heating and cooling published the 16/02/2016. Heating and cooling consumes half of the energy in Europe and much of it is wasted. Therefore the European Commission has elaborated a strategy in order to prioritize the efficiency and sustainability in the heating and cooling system...

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23 May 2014

Geothermal District Heating has the potential to alleviate Europe’s energy security crisis

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Over 25% of the EU population lives in areas directly suitable for Geothermal District Heating (GeoDH) . There is a large potential in Central and Eastern Europe, with GeoDH systems in operation in 22 European countries including Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, and Romania, where existing heat networks are well developed. Geothermal district heating is a valuable and immediate option for the alleviation...

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18 Feb 2014

2030 climate and energy framework: the Parliament calls for heat strategy

Parliament’s joint Environment (ENVI) and Energy (ITRE) Committee recognised on January the 9th the importance of heating and cooling in today’s vote on a 2030 framework for climate and energy policies. Heating and cooling represent over 45% of the final energy consumption in the European Union compared to 20% for electricity, 26% transport and 9% for ‘non-energy’ use (IEA, 2011) yet they remain largely neglected...

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13 Nov 2013

Horizon 2020: energy

Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe’s global competitiveness. Running from 2014 to 2020 with a budget of just over €70 billion, the EU’s new programme for research and innovation is part of the drive to create new growth and jobs in Europe. Horizon 2020 provides major simplification through a single set of rules. It...

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02 Apr 2013

The Heat Coalition calls for a comprehensive European approach for heating and cooling

European Heating and Cooling Associations

“The debate must include heating and cooling ” urged the Heat Coalition as the Green Paper A 2030 framework for climate and energy policies was published on 27th March 2013. Shall we remember that last year they already claimed for a more ambitious European heating and cooling policy. According to the Heat Coalition, a platform gathering 11 European associations with a stake in the heating...

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11 Jan 2013

Hungarian EGS Demonstration project awarded NER300 funding

The European Commission published a draft decision awarding NER300 funds to the Geothermal South Hungarian Enhanced Geothermal System (EGS) Demonstration Project. The Hungarian project is one of the 23 innovative renewable energy technology projects funded according to the outcome of the first call for proposals under the NER300 programme. The funds were raised from the sale of 200 million allowances from the new entrants’ reserve (NER) of the EU Emissions...

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12 Dec 2012

European Technology Platforms (ETPs) are key to boosting the European Union “industrial policy”.

The European Technology Platforms (ETPs) are already an existing powerful tool and they could be the concrete solution for innovation and deployment of the industrial policy. ETPs have been active in implementation of the FP 7 for R&I of  the EU.and are now providing information and proposals to the ongoing work for the establishment of Horizon 2020 to bring it into line with the real...

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21 Jun 2012

Commission gives a boost to renewables, but more post-2020 ambition needed

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The European Commission’s communication on renewable energy issued on 6th June examines the current 2020 framework for the development of the sector and outlines policy options for the post-2020 phase. “The Commission is pushing for rigorous implementation and enforcement of the Renewable Energy Directive, and rightly so. We must make sure that, even in the current economic crisis, we meet our 2020 objectives, and most...

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