EIT Climate-KIC supported TWAICE, a Munich-based battery specialist, has raised EUR 11 million from early-stage VC investor Creandum and existing investors Cherry Ventures, UVC Partners and Speedinvest. The funding will be used to scale TWAICE software and power internationalisation efforts to contribute to the availability of sustainable mobility and energy solutions.
A new EU Regulation on External power supplies aimed at making a range of household appliances more energy efficient – from laptops to electric toothbrushes – enters into force as of 1 April 2020. As a result, European consumers will be able to save on their household bills, help reach significant EU-wide energy savings and reduce emissions.
Contrary to a slew of recent misleading media coverage, the climate impacts of streaming video remain relatively modest.
Energy efficiency is changing, with new digital technologies enabling greater control, optimisation and analytics. New policies and new business models will greatly enhance end-use and systems efficiency.
A topic of fast-growing interest to member countries and partners, the IEA has embarked on a cross-agency initiative – Modernising Energy Efficiency through Digitalisation – to explore the potential impacts of digitalisation on energy efficiency and the implications for policy makers. In the recently launched Energy Efficiency 2019, we have identified a set of critical policy considerations within the Readiness for Digital Energy Efficiency policy framework.
Many of today’s commercial refrigerators contain substances like hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). Used as cooling agents, these refrigerants can harm the ozone layer and contribute to emissions. An innovative LIFE project is looking at doing away with these substances altogether. Results to-date are promising and support the recently released European Green Deal – a set of measures aimed at making the Europe the world’s first climate-neutral continent by 2050.
Consumers will soon be better informed when choosing new tyres for their cars. The Council today adopted a regulation on new rules on the labelling of tyres with respect to parameters such as fuel efficiency, wet grip and noise. The aim of the regulation is to make labels more visible and to give consumers more information to enable them to choose safer, more fuel efficient and quieter tyres. The regulation still needs to be formally adopted by the European Parliament.