In July 2019 compared with June 2019, seasonally adjusted production in the construction sector decreased by 0.7% in the euro area (EA19) and by 0.1% in the EU28, according to first estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.
The transition to a Circular Economy offers a unique opportunity to generate innovative, sustainable, resource-efficient and competitive advantages for European businesses and consumers. Circular Economy will help Europe reach its energy and climate targets, which have been agreed by the Member States and remain at the forefront of the green economy.
CEN and CENELEC Members, together with their industry partners, kindly invite you to a one-day stakeholder workshop to address the challenges linked to the circularity of material-use at every phase of the value chain, and to both discuss and identify specific standardization gaps for metal, wood, plastic and concrete circularity.
Once again the European Commission will take part in Ecomondo, the annual trade fair for the green and circular economy. The expo will take place in Rimini, Italy from 5 to 8 November 2019. It will bring together all sectors of the circular economy, from material and energy recovery to sustainable development.
The STUNNING team will present the main results of its two-year project during four interactive sessions. Several Horizon 2020 energy Efficiency projects in the field of energy-efficient building renovation and construction will take part to the event, namely iBroad, MORE-CONNECT, NOVICE, QualitEE, ProGETonE, 4RinEU, P2Endure, TurnKey Retrofit and TripleA-reno.
June 2019 compared with May 2019.
Rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) systems can make a significant contribution to Europe’s energy transition. Realising this potential raises challenges at policy and electricity system planning level. To address this, the authors have developed a geospatially explicit methodology using up-to-date spatial information of the EU building stock to quantify the available rooftop area for PV systems.
As the world moves towards a carbon neutral future, many different areas from industry to manufacturing are working to reduce their emissions. But scientists are beginning to look at a different area – houses – to work out if it’s possible to reduce emissions from Europe’s homes to zero by retrofitting on a mass scale. And the early signs are promising.
Policymakers have new tools at their disposal to prepare long-term strategies for the decarbonisation of buildings through energy efficiency renovation. Horizon 2020 projects BUILD UPON and EmBuild supported the design and implementation of renovation strategies across 15 countries in central and south Eastern Europe. Over a third of Europe’s CO2 emissions come from buildings, therefore renovation of inefficient building stocks is a priority if we are to decarbonise by 2050 in line with climate and energy goals.