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COP21 agreement, covenant for a sustainable future

On 22 April, 175 world leaders signed the Paris agreement on climate change at the United Nations’ New York headquarters – the largest number of countries to sign an international agreement on a single day.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the Paris COP21 agreement will shape the lives of future generations in a profound way. “We are signing a new covenant for the future,” he said, and the next critical step will be to ensure that the landmark accord for global action on climate change enters into force as soon as possible.

Doubling renewables good for growth, says report

Doubling the global share of renewables by 2030 would increase worldwide GDP, well-being and jobs, according to analysis by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

The Agency’s research shows that increasing the share of renewables in the world’s energy mix to 36 % by 2030 would increase global GDP and human well-being by up to 1.1 % and 6.4 % respectively, and create 24.4 million new jobs. It would also open up new markets for goods and services while providing diversification opportunities in countries currently reliant on fossil-fuel exports.

Help consumers take part in renewables transition, says BEUC

EU-wide consumer watchdog BEUC calls for more transparent ‘green’ energy tariffs and fairer ‘prosumer’ market access to help consumers promote the energy transition.

Consumers are keen to support the transition from fossil fuels to renewables but face barriers to buying energy from renewable sources and selling self-generated energy to the grid, according to BEUC, a Europe-wide umbrella group for consumer organisations, in a recent study.

Project reuses excess heat to keep cities warm

An EU-funded project is testing diverse ways of using waste heat in district heating and cooling. Further systems are planned, along with replication support.

The four-year CELSIUS project has rolled out demonstration systems for reusing waste heat in district heating and cooling in Cologne, Genoa, London, Gothenburg and Rotterdam. Heating and cooling accounts for 50 % of the EU’s energy consumption and renewables account for just 18 % of this. By extending use of waste heat, the project allows substantial energy savings and CO2 emissions reductions.

Three questions to Ida Auken

A member of the Danish Parliament since 2007, Ida Auken was Minister for the Environment in Denmark from 2011 to 2014, where she started the move to treating waste as a resource. She is the environment spokesperson for the Danish Social Liberal Party and founder of the Danish Network for the Circular Economy. The first Danish politician to be named a ‘Young Global Leader’ by the World Economic Forum, she was also named one the ‘40 under 40’ European Young Leaders for 2012.

ETS and energy markets to drive energy transition

Reforms to emissions trading and energy markets can boost investment in low-carbon energy, says EU Commissioner for Energy and Climate Action Miguel Arias Cañete.

Reforms to the EU emissions trading system (ETS) will give better incentives for decarbonisation, while flexible pricing and cross-border cooperation can create the right conditions for a shift to renewables, Commissioner Cañete told the 30th meeting of the European Electricity Forum in March 2016.

Smart meter project to boost Energy Union

European Investment Bank (EIB) loans to help provide smart meters to UK households independently of energy companies, supporting energy savings and consumer choice.

The EIB will loan EUR 500 million to a EUR 1.4 billion project to provide over seven million smart energy meters to UK households. These meters allow consumers to monitor energy use digitally, helping them to improve efficiency and save on energy costs.