President Salomé Zourabichvili of Georgia has joined a high-level global commission that is studying how to quickly speed up energy efficiency progress through new and stronger policy action, the International Energy Agency announced today.
An EU-funded project is set to drive the commercial development of breakthrough laser-engineered products inspired by the unique skin and scale textures of animals and insects, potentially leading to entirely new applications across industry, energy and medicine.
More efficient, longer-lasting machine and vehicle components, improved medical implants and novel fluid control technologies are just a few of the potential applications emerging from an EU-funded project inspired by the unique ways in which the skins of some animals interact with water.
The 2020 energy efficiency call of the Horizon 2020 Work Programme was presented on Thursday 27 June – the third day of the Energy Info Day organised in Brussels by the European Commission’s Executive Agencies, EASME and INEA. The presentations are now published. Before leaving on holidays, make sure you download them all!
The International Energy Agency’s biggest ever Global Conference on Energy Efficiency opened in Dublin on 24 June, bringing together government ministers, CEOs and energy experts from around the world to discuss critical topics like financing, policy innovation and digitalisation.
Recent updates by ANSES (French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety ) on the health effects of LED lights indicate possible harmful implications arising from blue light. Exposure in the evening or at night, particularly through screens, can cause a disruption to sleep and biological rhythm, as well as harm the retina.
An EU-funded project is developing smart luminaires that are customised, have longer lifespans, and can improve our moods and productivity. This could make us healthier and boost the competitiveness and eco-friendliness of Europe’s lighting industry.
This report aims to give an overview of the whole smart home ecosystems with a focus on the energy implications that incur from it. Throughout the report a focus is being given on how are the conditions for a successful roll-out of smart home technologies in Europe, what type of Information and Communication Technologies, Energy policies and Standards are in place regarding the Smart Home environment. The status of the European market is given a look into, regarding the smart readiness of EU Members States, Internet Access, Smart meter roll-out, Demand Response or the Smart Appliances market. An outline of the Smart Appliances and Smart Home Technologies is given with also the types of networks, smart home wireless technologies and sensor types to be used in the Smart Home. Finally the report addresses the potential energy savings to be achieved within the Smart Home environment.
The International Energy Agency’s fourth annual Global Conference on Energy Efficiency will take place in Dublin, Ireland, on Monday 24 and Tuesday 25 June.
The Irish Prime Minister, Mr Leo Varadkar, will open the invitation-only event, which will feature Ministers, CEOs and heads of international organisations.
A particular focus of this year’s event will be the impact of digitalisation on energy efficiency, and lessons learned from leaders around the world. Additional themes will include financing, business and policy innovations and the multiple benefits of energy efficiency.