Event: LIFE projects at the EU Clean Air Forum (Bratislava, 28 & 29 November 2019)

This Forum will focus on four themes: air quality and health; air quality and energy; air quality and agriculture; and clean air funding mechanisms. It will bring together decision-makers, stakeholders and experts on the above topics in a two-day conference to reflect on the development and implementation of effective European, national and local air policies, projects and programmes.

Press Release: Investment Plan for Europe: EU bank provides €300 million to VIVAWEST

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Press Release: IEA holding training week on energy-efficiency in South Africa

The IEA is holding its first ever Training Week on energy efficiency in Sub-Saharan Africa this week. The training, which is running from 14 to 17 October in Pretoria, South Africa, has brought together 150 policy makers from 33 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, and aims to equip them with knowledge and skills to deliver effective energy efficiency initiatives in their respective countries.

Event: Celsius Summit 2019 (Brussels, 17 & 18 October 2019)

Following the Celsius Summit tradition, this free two-day conference will bring together politicians, industry representatives and research institutions from across Europe to connect and exchange ideas on how urban thermal energy systems are developing and how these integrated heating and cooling solutions of the future will allow smart cities to satisfy the energy needs of its citizens and businesses in a sustainable way.

Press Release: EBRD invests PLN 80 million in ING green covered bonds

The EBRD is investing PLN 80 million – equivalent to €18.5 million – in the first green covered bond issuance by ING Bank Hipoteczny, combining support for capital market development and for the green economy in Poland. The total volume of the issuance, which was successfully placed today, was PLN 400 million.

OPP Meeting Summary: EP Plenary Session – Greening the European Investment Bank – joint debate (9 October 2019)

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OPP Meeting Summary: Hearing of Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice President-designate for the European Green Deal (8 October 2019)

The summary of the hearing is now available.

OPP Meeting Summary: Hearing of Valdis Dombrovskis, Executive Vice President-designate, An Economy that Works for People (8 October 2019)

The summary of the hearing is now available.

Event: District heating and cooling: cities going circular for a carbon neutral Europe (Brussels, 10 October 2019)

This workshop will be focused on the role of high efficient district heating networks (DHN) as it will facilitate the exchange of emerging expertise and knowledge on their deployment and modernisation, taking the example of existing and prospective initiatives, like the HeatNet NWE project. Experienced representatives of local authorities, energy agencies and global companies will be given the floor to share tools and examples of innovative solutions which enable increased energy efficiency, the integration of renewable and waste energy sources as well as the use of energy storage options. This leads to enhanced overall resource efficiency, the creation of local jobs, the decarbonisation of the local energy system and better air quality.

Circular economy on construction – draft Council conclusions

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OPP Meeting Summary: Environment Council – COP 25 (4 October 2019)

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OPP Meeting Summary: Environment Council – A Clean Planet for All (4 October 2019)

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Question for Written Answer: Energy labelling of windows

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OPP Meeting Summary: Hearing of Kadri Simson, Commissioner-Designate for Energy (3 October 2019)

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Press Release: Innovative technologies in waste heat extraction

Horizon 2020 energy efficiency projects CATALYST, Low UP and COOL DH developed innovative technologies for waste heat extraction and utilisation. They were presented and discussed during the 5th International Conference on Smart Energy Systems at the Aalborg University in Copenhagen.

Press Release: Heating and cooling – A great potential for decarbonisation!

Heating and cooling is getting higher on the agenda as it holds huge potential for decarbonising the energy system. Whereas cities are taking bold actions to build new infrastructures and ban fossil fuel boilers, the industry sector is releasing a 2050 vision highlighting that “cities can and must show leadership in this area and decisions must be taken locally”.

Meeting of IWG 5 on Energy Efficiency Solutions for Buildings (7 October 2019)

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Press Release: Upgrading inefficient district heating systems

Horizon 2020 projects UgradeDH and KeepWarm have made upgrading of inefficient district heating system easier. New handbooks and training courses have been produced that will help operators of existing district heating systems understand the opportunities of improved energy efficiency and a transition to a sustainable energy system.

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