Energy
Green energy and politics: crowdfunding to the rescue?
Green energy and politics: crowdfunding to the rescue? The  Paris climate change pact , which  entered into force  last year, was announced with a huge fanfare. The deal aims to limit the rise in average global temperatures to “well below” two degrees Celsius, compared to pre-industrial levels.
Powering the future: could Europe go dark?
Powering the future: could Europe go dark? February’s blackout in Brussels left neighbourhoods in darkness, streets lit only by headlights and torches. You may be left thinking it was the symptom of a sick system.
Assessing wind resources in our cities
Assessing wind resources in our cities The 43-story Strata tower in London was one of the first buildings in the world to incorporate wind turbines into its structure. It has three small turbines – each with a rated capacity of 19 kilowatt hours – built into its roof.
Small wind turbines: the art of disguise
Small wind turbines: the art of disguise The use of small wind turbines (SWTs) is growing in appeal thanks to a changing trend in the energy sector, from a centralised system to a distributed one.
Green living: encouraging investors to go retro
Green living: encouraging investors to go retro Just because your home was built in the 1950s or 60s doesn’t mean it can’t be green. Retrofitting – the process of modernising properties using the latest technologies – can save energy and reduce CO 2 emissions.
Money-saving small wind turbines: myth or reality?
Money-saving small wind turbines: myth or reality? Getting clean energy through your own turbine without relying on a central grid sounds great, but with subsidies being cut across Europe, is it too good to be true? Those with plenty of experience with wind turbines are quick to concede the financial challenges of this green technology.
Small wind turbines: navigating the ‘jungle’
Small wind turbines: navigating the ‘jungle’ Most EU countries enforce a legal obligation to only use wind turbines certified by an accredited organisation.
Green energy: will French and German elections bring wind of change?
Green energy: will French and German elections bring wind of change? “We’re watching the election very closely. That’s for sure,” said Alex Raguet, CEO and founder of Lumo , a French crowdfunding platform for renewable energies.
From teenager to pensioner: the green energy crowdfunders
From teenager to pensioner: the green energy crowdfunders “I have always been interested in the environment. As a child, I thought ‘what if the world runs out of petrol? Petrol won’t be there forever.
Crunching “sustainable” cookies
Crunching “sustainable” cookies The bakery industry is a large supplier of jobs and revenue, but on the other side of the coin it is hungry for energy.
Smart buildings: energy efficiency at what price?
Smart buildings: energy efficiency at what price? Smart buildings appear to respond to a range of energy challenges found in Europe today. Improved efficiency would help consumers reduce income spent on energy consumption, reduce greenhouse emissions and also help EU countries meet the goals of the 2030 energy strategy .
Smart cities and innovative financing schemes
Smart cities and innovative financing schemes The pioneering city of Stuttgart, Germany, was one the first to apply an innovative financing scheme back in 1995 and since then it has been bearing its fruit: energy-efficiency funding has reduced the city’s CO 2 emissions by tens of thousands of tonnes.
Fitting hot and cold climates into the “envelope”
Fitting hot and cold climates into the “envelope” Buildings account for 36% of CO 2 emissions in Europe, and energy consumption in this sector has increased in recent decades.
Industry under the sun
Industry under the sun Where’s the best place to set up a factory in Europe? Athens , of course! As unexpected as it may seem, the Greek capital ranks first in a special list of 40 regions across the EU , for conditions ideal for the integration of renewable energy, notably solar, in manufacturing activities .
Thermally efficient social housing for young adults
Thermally efficient social housing for young adults Young people can find themselves homeless or in housing need for many reasons. In the UK, once they are 16 years old they are often placed in managed rented accommodation.
Crossing borders to crowdfund renewables
Crossing borders to crowdfund renewables Renewable energy crowdfunding involves three different parties: the fundraising platform, the investors  who generally expect a return, and project developers needing money. They may come from different nations .
A raincoat for our houses
A raincoat for our houses Today, one of the new challenges for the construction industry is the use of textiles, coming from the clothing and footwear industries.
Small wind turbines: a glimmer of hope for Poland's wind energy sector?
Small wind turbines: a glimmer of hope for Poland's wind energy sector? In 2016, the Polish parliament, where the conservative Law and Justice party has an outright majority, voted one of the most severe anti-wind energy bills in Europe .
“DiplomaCity”- Learning networks of cities for a sustainable future
“DiplomaCity”- Learning networks of cities for a sustainable future Fittingly, for an author who argues that connectivity is the key driver of growth in the modern age, Parag Khanna seems to have ties all over the world, and roots in many of the largest urban centres. ...
Rooting sustainability starts on school benches
Rooting sustainability starts on school benches Do young people know what a smart city is? Do they care about saving energy and preserving the Earth’s resources? “Rooting sustainability starts on the benches of schools,” affirmed UNESCO director-general Irina Bokova at the recent UN Climate Change Conference ( COP22 ) in Marrakech, Morocco.
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