Tag Archives: energy efficiency

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.

Copenhagen catching up with pioneer cities on Green roofs

I recently went to Copenhagen for the first time; it felt like having landed in a haven of well-being, green and leafy. Copenhagen is one of these cities concerned with a certain harmony between urban environments and natural habitats. Back in Brussels I discovered that the Copenhagen City Council adopted a mandatory legislation to increase the number of green roofs last year.

The secret power of wall insulation and A-rated boilers

The secret power of wall insulation and A-rated boilers Who said insulation wasn’t a sexy topic? - To be honest, pretty much everyone! And this is despite the obvious benefits of good insulation: it saves money, it is good for the environment and it is not rocket science. Polyurethanes are among the best-performing insulation materials, so we are fairly used to hammering these arguments at Polyurethanes. But in order to convince, Friends of the Earth UK ( FoE UK ) decided on a new approach; Inspired by US President Barack Obama’s most famous statement on energy efficiency “insulation is sexy stuff” (Watch it here), they recently released a must-see video illustrating the quote.