Category Archives: Climate Change

Jogging away from commitment: the Energy Efficiency Directive

Horsens, located on the Danish coast and set against a backdrop of rolling hills and valleys, is a particularly charming … Continue reading...

The not-so-little differences? A transatlantic divide over Passive House standards.

It isn’t just the Royale with Cheese, as famously quoted by Vincent Vega in Pulp Fiction, that seems to … Continue reading...

Negotiations for EU energy savings deal to start on April 11

Today, the Council published two very important documents. The first one is the Council’s comments and “preliminary position” on the … Continue reading...

Conservatives claim victory over EU Energy Savings Bill

Last night, we guessed that a deal had been secured by European Parliamentarians on the Energy Efficiency Directive. In fact, … Continue reading...

Did MEPs agree on EU Energy Savings bill today?

Today, the European Parliament’s political groups were to finalise the compromise amendments on Claude Turmes’s report on the Energy Efficiency … Continue reading...

What leeway does the Danish Presidency of the EU Council have on energy efficiency?

On 1 January 2012, the Danish presidency of the European Union Council began, for 6 crucial months. Denmark’s Prime Minister, Continue reading...

The Energy Efficiency Directive on a Tightrope

Bird on a Tight rope

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Our last post on the European debate on the energy efficiency directive dates back from … Continue reading...

Energy Efficiency Directive: the cards are laid on the table but who has got the best hand?

On 4th October 2011, MEP Claude Turmes (Greens-EFA, Luxemburg) published his draft report on the upcoming energy efficiency directiveContinue reading...

Polyurethanes allow Europe to soar to new heights both day and night

Europe houses many projects ranging from the Truro-Falmouth Maritime Line in the United Kingdom to the Szombathely waste water treatment plant in Hungary; though important projects in their own right, they fall short in inspiration. With the world facing economic turmoil, people look to science to recharge their imagination as “men know that without hope they cannot really live”. We find this hope in sustainable projects like the Solar Impulse.

The Draft Energy Efficiency Directive: a missed opportunity?

Making the most of the few calm moments that can be enjoyed in the European quarter in the month of August, we will reflect today on what will be a significant item in the European Council and the European Parliament’s agendas in September. We’re thinking about the Energy Efficiency Directive or EED, because nothing remains without an acronym very long in Brussels. The European Commission published its draft proposal on 22 June 2011, settling speculations over what the acronym would be, but most importantly allowing a first glance at how the Commission’s initial plans in the Energy Efficiency Plan 2011 had been enacted, if at all.