Completed in 2019, the Safe Foods project is a complete renovation of a 133,128 square foot building consisting of blending, packaging, and warehousing areas on the first level while the upper levels are reserved for manufacturing, offices, and communal spaces. The LEED Silver certification of Safe Foods project incudes:
The Portfolio includes 33 operating assets comprised of onshore wind (424 MW), solar PV (66 MW), and concentrated solar (50 MW) located throughout Spain. Total cash consideration to be paid for the Portfolio upon closing will be €345 million (Cdn. $520 million) together with the assumption of debt in the amount of €716 million (Cdn.$1,075 million). The acquisition is expected to close in Q3, 2021, subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions. (Source: Northland Power, Website PR, 14 Apr., 2021)Contact: Northland Power, Mike Crawley, CEO, Inc., David Povall, Exec. VP, (416) 962-6262, www.northlandpower.com; Helia Renovables, www.dnb.com/business-directory/companyprofiles.helia_renovables_fcr.17923b9d5b34a27511c140416afe2293.html
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Aside from Omaezakikou Biomass, RENOVA's biomass power portfolio includes the fully operational Akita Biomass power generation facility and the Kanda and Tokushima Tsuda Biomass power generation facilities, which are under construction.
(Source: RENOVA, REM, 6 Apr, 2021) Contact: Omaezakikou Biomass Energy, www.renovainc.com/en/business/power_plant/omaezaki_kou_biomass; RENOVA, www.renova.com
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The larger system is planned for the 122,000 square foot Central Campus' new Anderson-Ball Classroom Building, which is scheduled to open in January 2022 with a 391 kW solar system with 990 solar panels. The second system is slated for the 53,000 square-foot Jones Building at South Campus which is currently undergoing a $13 million renovation including a 263 kW system comprised of 667 solar modules. Combined, the two solar arrays are expected to save the College millions in utility costs .
According to San Jacinto College Chancellor Dr. Brenda Hellyer, "Solar generation is just one part of the college's commitment to improving our energy efficiency."
Sunfinity offers customers control of their energy costs to protect them from the rising rates of electricity with turnkey solar system services that include design, permitting and installation to monitoring and maintenance.
(Source: Sunfinity Renewable Energy, PR,
Contact: San Jacinto College, 281-998-615, www.sanjac.edu,; Sunfinity, John Billingsley, CEO
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When operational this June, the plant will burn wood pellets, palm kernel shells and domestic woodchips to produce around 500,000 MWh per year.
Kanda Biomass Energy KK is a "special purpose vehicle" held by Veolia Japan KK, part of French group Veolia Environnement SA. (Source: Renova, 14 Feb, 2021) Contact: Renova Inc., www.renovainc.com; Veolia, www.veolia.com
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According to the Senator, "We aren't accomplishing anything other than spending a tremendous amount of money and government oversight and time wasted." By way of illustration, Maher noted the state spent over $480,000 to plant native grass that he said was eventually removed as the grass "looks like weeds."
Since 2008, the S.D. Bureau of Administration has sought silver or higher LEED certification for any new build or renovation project north of $500,000 that exceeds 5,000 square feet. Nearly 70 state construction projects have achieved LEED status over the last decade. (Source: S.D. Bureau of Administration, Mitchell Republic, 3 Feb., 2021)
Contact: S.D, State Sen. Ryan Maher, www.sdlegislature.gov/Legislators/Profile/1819/Detail; SD Bureau of Administration, www.boa.sd.gov
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The annual report also showed that during distance learning from April through June, lower energy usage saved the district more than $123,500 in cost avoidance, in spite of an active construction time in which energy usage is typically high.
According to Minnesota's B3 Energy Benchmarking for public buildings, with data current within the last 180 days, only one other school district of comparable size realized this kind of energy efficiency, earning the district a 4.3 out of 5-star rating. (Source: Prior Lake-Savage Area School District, PR, 15 Ja., 2021) Contact: Prior Lake-Savage Area School District
Jim Dellwo, Director of Operations, Transportation and Health and Safety 952-226-0000, www.priorlake-savage.k12.mn.us
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The first phase with 79 MW and 22 SG 132 wind turbines, entered into commercial operation in December 2020. It will produce 280 GWh of clean energy per year, thereby avoiding 94,000 tpy of CO2 emissions. The second phase broke ground in July 2020 and is slated to enter into commercial operation in Q2, 2021.
The Repsol and Grupo Ibereolica Renovables joint venture has a portfolio of assets in operation, construction, and advanced development of more than 1,600 MW, with commercial operation dates up until 2023, and the possibility of surpassing 2,600 MW by 2030.
Repsol currently has nearly 3,000 MW of low-emissions generation capacity installed. It has six renewables projects under development in Spain and holds a stake in one of the world's largest semi-submersible floating wind farms, Windfloat Atlantic, off the coast of Portugal, which is now in operation.
Grupo Ibereolica Renovables currently operates 12 wind farms with an installed capacity of 205 MW in Spain and 444 MW in Chile. Additionally, it has approximately 10 GW of wind and solar projects under development in Spain, Chile, Peru, and Brazil. (Source: Grupo Ibereolica Renovables, Repsol Joint PR, 15 Jan., 2021)
Contact: Grupo Ibereolica Renovables, +56 2 333 35 40,
www.grupoibereolica.es; Repsol, Josu Jon Imaz, CEO, +34 91 7538100, +34 91 7538000, www.repsol.com
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The Renovation Wave Strategy aims to at least double the office building renovation rate in the next ten years and make sure renovations lead to higher energy and resource efficiency, save energy, reduce Europe's greenhouse gas emissions, foster digitalization and improve the reuse and recycling of materials, according to a press release. The release noted that by 2030, 35 million buildings could be renovated and up to 160,000 additional green jobs created in the construction sector.
Buildings are responsible for about 40 pct of the EU's energy consumption, and 36 pct of greenhouse gas emissions. But only 1 pct of buildings undergo energy efficient renovation every year, so effective action is crucial to making Europe climate-neutral by 2050. (Source: EU, New Europe, Oct., 2020) Contact: EU Green Deal, ec.europa.eu/info/strategy/priorities-2019-2024/european-green-deal_en
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Under the agreement, Caverion is responsible for the continuous monitoring and reporting of energy use, energy audits and certificates. Caverion is also responsible for the remote management of building automation and developing the related technical infrastructure. With the 24/7 monitoring of the property conditions and energy use, negative developments can be prevented. The collected data can also be utilized to further improve and develop the buildings' infrastructure. A dedicated energy manager will follow the effectiveness of energy efficiency related actions, and guide and calculate the savings potential. (Source: City of Espoo, PR, 10 Nov., 2020) Contact: Caverion Finland, Laura Karotie, Head of Managed Services , +358 50 326 9314, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.caverion.com; City of Espoo, Mauri Laurila, Head of Premises, www.espoo.fi/en
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Under the contracts, ICF will expand its design and implementation services to support the utilities' new construction and energy efficiency renovations programs for residential, multifamily and commercial and industrial metered buildings.
In addition, the company will deliver services, such as training to support workforce development and help transform the energy efficiency and building construction industries. (Source: ICF, Nov., 2020)
Contact: ICF, Mike Mernick, SVP, 414-273-2220, www.icf.com
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The Sendai-Gamo Biomass Project will utilise wood pellets and palm kernel shells to generate roughly 553,300 MWh annually -- sufficient power for 170,000 households.
Sumitomo Forestry, United Purpose Management, Mizuho Leasing, and Daiwa Energy & Infrastructure are participating in the project which is slated to break ground in Feb, 2021 for completion and startup in Nov., 2023.
(Source: Renova,Website PR, 26 Oct., 2020)
Contact: Renova Inc., www.renovainc.com
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The C-PACE loan program is specifically for energy efficiency and clean energy projects for new construction or renovations. Qualifying projects include energy efficiency improvements, resiliency improvements, water efficiency improvements, and/or stormwater management improvements.
C-PACE offers property owners special benefits and the loan covers 100 pct of qualified expenses with no money down with long-term loan repayment that is frequently offset by the energy savings. The loans can range from $30,000 to $20,000,000 therefore, C-PACE is a commercial loan that works for large projects and looks favorably on small business and non-profits .
(Source: City of Roanoke, PR, 23 Oct., 2020) Contact: City of Roanoke, Nell Boyle, 540-853-5430 , email@example.com, www.roanokeva.gov
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The public call aims to reduce energy consumption in the manufacturing sector through increased energy efficiency and the adoption of renewable energy.
Projects may include the energy renovation of buildings related to manufacturing processes
(Source: Croatian Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development, Balkan Green Energy News, Oct., 2020) Contact: Croatian Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development , +385 1 6106 449, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.javnanabava.hr; European Regional Development Fund, www.ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/en/funding/erdf
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The district has already begun $1.38 million in LED lighting upgrades in 10 school buildings and a $6.41 million building automation systems upgrade featuring centralized control of individual building HVAC components. The upgrades will use a single contractor and master automation system with dashboards to better monitor energy efficiency.
The district will qualify for over $100,000 in energy efficiency rebates from Dayton Power & Light.
(Source: Dayton School Board, PR, Dayton Daily News, Oct., 2020) Contact:
Dayton Public Schools, Gary Dickstein, Business Manager, 937-542-3000, www.dps.k12.oh.us
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The acquisition is the latest addition to Desjardins Group's renewable energy asset portfolio, which is valued at more than $1.1 billion and includes wind farms, solar farms and hydroelectric power plants around the world.
With over $3 billion in assets under management -- 40 pct of which is invested in renewable -- Desjardins Group is the second largest private institutional investor in Canada in this asset class. (Source: Desjardins, Website PR, 15 Sept., 2020) Contact: Desjardines, www. desjardins.com; EDP Renewables, (713) 265-0350 (Houston), +351 21 001 25 00, www.edpr.com
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Bank of Ireland's Responsible and Sustainable Business Initiatives include:
In its effort to address climate change and climate change related risks, the Bank of Ireland became a signatory to the UN Principles for Responsible Banking in 2019 and a supporter of the Task Force on Climate-related Finance Disclosures (TCFD) in 2020. (Source: Bank of Ireland, PR, Finextra, 3 Sept., 2020)
Contact: Bank of Ireland: Mark Spain, CSO, www.bankofireland.com
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The wind and solar portfolio includes four wind farms in operation and one solar asset totaling 563 MW capacity.
(Source: EDP, PR, 3 Sept., 2020) Contact: EDP, www.edp.com; Connor, Clark & Lunn Infrastructure, (416) 862-2020, www.cclgroup.com
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According to the agency website, Croatian family homes account to 65 pct of the country's housing stock and 40 pct of total energy consumption -- 70 pct of energy for heating, cooling, and hot water -- at the national level. The ministry estimates household energy consumption can be cut by as much as 60 pct.
Under the scheme, eligible applicants may qualify for grants to cover 60 pct of the costs of energy efficiency upgrades and renovations including: external wall insulation; replacement of windows and doors, and others energy efficiency upgrades. (Source: Croatian Fund for Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency, Website, Croatia Week, 19 Aug., 2020) Contact: Croatian Fund for Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency, www.fzoeu.hr/en/home
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Homes with existing insulation or low-carbon heating can apply for funding for "secondary measures" such as draught proofing, double or triple-glazing for windows, energy-efficient doors to replace those installed before 2002, and various heating controls. The vouchers will cover roughly two-thirds of the overall cost for most homeowners, but possibly the entire cost for the lowest-income households.
About half of England's homeowners are already planning to apply, while the real figure could end up being about three quarters, according to the release. (Source: UK Green Homes Program, Yahoo Finance UK, 13 Aug., 2020)
Contact: UK Green Homes Program, www.gov.uk/green-deal-energy-saving-measures
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In addition to plant heavy equipment renovations and replacements as needed, the facility will also be upgraded to utilize new motors and inverters for electric components to increase energy efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions by around 4 pct annually.
The ¥7.6 billion ($72.2 million U.S.) project is scheduled for completion in January 2023. (Source: MHI Environmental & Chemical Engineering Co., Contact: MHI Environmental & Chemical Engineering Co., www.mhiec.co.jp
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City staff are in the process of prioritizing elements of the plan that can be implemented in its first two years, as well as determining requirements for funding, resources, and ways to track their progress. The strategy is expected be ready for council’s consideration in the fall. (Source: City of Port Moody, TriCity News, 20 July, 2020)
Contact: City of Port Moody, Laura Sampliner, Sustainability Officer, www.portmoody.ca
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Under the agreement, EDP will acquire a 75.1 pct interest in Viesgo, including the interest currently owned by Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund 4. Macquarie Super Core Infrastructure Fund will retain the remaining 24.9 pct.
EDP, through its majority owned subsidiary EDP Renovaveis (EDPR) will acquire Viesgo's renewable energy portfolio that includes 24 wind farms and two mini hydro power plants located throughout Spain and Portugal with more than 500MW of installed net capacity.
EDPR designs, develops, manages and operates wind and solar power plants that generate electricity from renewable energy sources. (Source: EDP, EDP Renewables, Global Legal Chronicle, 18 July, 2020) Contact: EDP Renewables, (713) 265-0350 (Houston), +351 21 001 25 00, www.edpr.com
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The planned energy saving features include geothermal heating and cooling, energy-efficient lighting, automated energy control systems, low-flow water fixtures, occupancy-based temperature and lighting, an 85 kW solar PV array, and an improved thermal envelope.
The High Performance Building Program provides financial assistance in the forms of grants and loan funds to underwrite the cost premiums associated with the design and construction or major renovation of high performance buildings across Pennsylvania. The program is managed within the DCED Office of Business Financing. (Source: Newton Patch, 14 July, 2020) Contact: Pennsylvania
Commonwealth Financing Authority Alternative and Clean Energy High Performance Building program, dced.pa.gov/programs-funding/commonwealth-financing-authority-cfa/energy-programs; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
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Over the next four years, the RINNO project will develop new ways to increase a building's energy efficiency, environmental performance and occupant satisfaction. The project will investigate novel technologies, processing and business models, and develop solutions to enable the construction industry to make significant improvements to energy inefficient buildings around Europe.
Northumbria University researchers will join experts from Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Poland and Spain to investigate new building systems, the use of robots and 'cobots' for building assembly, artificial intelligence, augmented reality and Blockchain-enabled crowd equity funding to improve current processes relating to building renovation. Northumbria will also develop state-of-the-art energy monitoring software systems and use its Smart Connected Homes tool which shows how residents use electricity, light and move around their homes, as well as internal room temperatures and levels of humidity. The Northumbria team will also develop a project collaboration platform that will integrate the actors and workflows involved in the deep renovation of buildings.
The RINNO project is funded by the European Commission's Horizon 2020 programme.
The solutions developed by RINNO will be demonstrated in four real-life renovation projects in France, Denmark, Greece and Poland.
(Source: Northumbria University, PR, pbctoday, 10 July, 2020)
Contact: RINNO Project , +39 010 3196643,
www. rinno-h2020.eu; Northumbria University, www.northumbria.ac.uk
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IncentiFind houses and maintains the nation's only comprehensive database of more than 12,000 government and utility-backed real estate and home improvement incentives.
The Quick Summary provides a high-level overview of real estate and home improvement incentives based on the property's address. It is designed to be a low-price-point marketing tool for lenders who are (1) promoting home equity products to existing borrowers with tappable equity, (2) seeking new customers who need to finance home renovations or (3) working with property owners who are constructing or renovating commercial buildings.
The Green Report provides a detailed, property-specific list of real estate and home improvement incentives available to a property owner. It is designed to inform property owners of incentives they are eligible for and to assist them in applying to the incentives that help lower costs of the improvements / construction.
(Source: New Vista Solutions, PR, 30 June, 2020) Contact: NVS, Jesse Rivera, CEO ,
866.721.9295, email@example.com, www.newvistasolutions.com; IncentiFind, www.incentifind.com
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Approximately 77 pct of the EU residential buildings were constructed before 1990 and roughly 11 pct of Europe's population still experiences energy poverty due to poor building quality, and in particular, thermal inefficiency.
The European Commission estimates that a renovation rate of 3 pct per year is needed to accomplish the EU's energy efficiency and environmental ambitions in a cost-effective manner.
(Source: Institute of Digital Business at Dublin City University, Irish Tech News, 29 June, 2020) Contact: Institute of Digital Business at Dublin City University Prof. Theo Lynn, +353 1 700 6873, www.iidb.ie
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Under the initiative, the city could cover up to 50 pct of energy efficiency projects costing a maximum €50,000 with an additional €1,000 available for project development costs. Co-financing program is expected to be available this autumn
(Source: City of Riga, The Mayor EU, 3 June, 2020)
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The county program included building or renovating 16 government buildings and schools to LEED certification standards since 2011, and the county is pursuing certification of LEED Silver or higher on six current projects. The efforts are credited with reducing energy consumption by approximately 30 pct, according to a release. (Source: Virginia Energy Efficiency Council, Richmond BizSense, June, 2020)
Contact: Virginia Energy Efficiency Council, 804-464-8233, www.vaeec.org; US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
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The EDA program provides commercial building owners within Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy's service territory with energy expertise to encourage energy-efficient building design and construction. The program uses Willdan's real-time energy modeling software -- Net Energy Optimizer (NEO) -- to allow project teams to visualize the effects of energy efficiency measures. The program serves new commercial construction, additions, and major renovations over 20,000 square feet.
Willdan has served more than 900 buildings through this program to date, delivering 23 million therms and 550 million kWh in annual savings, according to the release. (Source: Wildan, PR , BusinessWire, 19 May, 2020)
Contact: Xcel Energy, xcelenergy.com; Center Point Energy, www.centerpointenergy.com;
Willdan Group, Inc. , Stacy McLaughlin , CFO,
714-940-6300 , firstname.lastname@example.org, www.willdan.com
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Henrico County was recognized the construction or renovation of 16 government buildings and schools to LEED certification standards since 2011. The county is also pursuing certification of LEED Silver or higher on six current projects that will cut energy consumption by approximately 30 percent.
The University of Virginia's Delta Force Program was recognized for achieving energy efficiency and for its $17.4 million in energy efficiency projects for a savings of $28.7 million in energy costs and 180,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions since 2009. (Source: VAEEC, NBC12, 17 May, 2020) Contact: VAEEC, Cheslea Mamish, Exec. Dir., 804-464-8233, www.vaeec.org
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The NYStretch Energy Code-2020 Version 1.0 was adopted by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and calls for incrementally higher efficiency standards in new and renovated buildings.
According to NYSERDA, adopting NYStretch will provide savings of roughly 11 pct over the 2020 Energy Conservation Construction Code of New York State when that energy code is released by the state department of state.
Download NY Stretch Energy Code details HERE. (Source: City of Beacon, MidHudson News, 26 April, 2020) Contact; City of Beacon, 845-838-5020, www.cityofbeacon.org; NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov
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Allegheny College's Board of Trustees established a climate action plan in 2010 that in part aimed to become a carbon-neutral institution by 2020.To that end, the school
increased its energy efficiency by nearly 20 pct through retrofitting existing infrastructure, making system and behavioral changes, and opting for sustainable construction and renovation.
It also shifted from fossil fuel-based energy sources to alternative energy sources by installing geothermal heating and cooling systems in four buildings, generating 8,500 kilowatt-hours of solar energy annually and by only buying energy from wind-generated sources.
It offset remaining emissions by investing in projects that Allegheny College faculty and students are involved in, including, for example, a methane-capture project at a dairy farm.
(Source: Allegheny College Times News, 21 April, 2020) Contact: Allegheny College, Kelly Boulton, Sustainability Director, www.allegheny.edu
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Algeria's national energy efficiency programme for buildings and construction cover: thermal insulation of buildings, thermal renovation, the fitting of household solar water heaters, distribution of LED light bulbs at discounted prices, appliance energy consumption and efficiency labeling and other programs and initiatives. (Source:
Algeria Energy Ministry, Econostrum, 19 Mar., 2020)
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The €22.6 million scheme is for cofinancing renewable energy and energy efficiency projects undertaken by registered companies, proprietorships and limited liability cooperatives engaged in the hotels, inns and similar accommodation industries.
The program covers costs in energy renovation of buildings and material efficiency, information and communication and outsourcing services. Funds are awarded as "de minimis" state aid, as regulated by the European Union. (Source: Slovenian Ministry of Economic Development and Technology, Balkan Green Energy News, 17 Dec., 2019) Contact: Slovenian Ministry of Economic Development and Technology, www.gov.sl
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Buildings are the EU’s biggest CO2 emitter. Our homes, offices and buildings are the EU’s biggest CO2emitters, as well as its single largest energy user. Decreasing and decarbonising the energy consumption to heat, cool and use buildings is crucial for the transition to a climate-neutral Europe by 2050 at the latest. Since most of the buildings that we will occupy in 2050 are already built, the main challenge is to renovate these 210 million existing buildings to make them less energy-hungry. At the current rate of renovation, it would take another century to achieve a decarbonised building stock, instead of the targeted30 years. Further inaction risks the EU missing its climate objectives by up to 400 million tonnes of CO21.Around 50 million people still live in energy poverty. Deep renovation of their homes would lower their energy bills and make their houses more comfortable and healthy. Well-insulated buildings moreover offer the flexibility to receive energy when it is available, thereby allowing the effective integration of renewables in the energy system during the entire year
.Integrating buildings in the EU ETS is complex and time-consuming. Urgent action on buildings is vital to overcome the climate and social crises facing Europe today. Integrating the building sector in the EU ETS is complex and likely to take at least several years. That is time we do not have, and which diverts attention from more effective short-term measures. The EU should instead prioritize a Green Deal for housing to unlock vast investments for building renovations, while creating local jobs and more energy-efficient and affordable housing.
What is the EU ETS? The EUETS sets a cap on the total amount of greenhouse gases that can be emitted by installations from the power, industry and aviation sectors. The cap is reduced over time so that emissions go down. Within the cap, companies receive or buy emission allowances which they can trade with each other, thereby creating a carbon price. The building sector is already covered by a cap on how much greenhouse gases can be emitted as part of the Effort Sharing Regulation; the EU’s other climate legislation targeting sectors not included in the EU ETS.
Carbon pricing does not deliver more affordable, energy-efficient homes. According to the International Energy Agency2, most of the energy efficiency potential is available at a negative cost. This means that these efficiency measures already pay for themselves, even in the absence of a carbon price. The reasons why these measures, such as energy renovation, are not taken are usually not economic in nature, but rather the result of market-barriers and -imperfections. In the case of the building sector, these barriers include split incentives between those making investments (i.e. home-owners) and those paying energy bills (i.e. tenants), the inability to come up with high upfront costs and a lack of information on renovation opportunities and financing options. Including the building sector in the EU ETS would do nothing to overcome these barriers to make buildings more energy-efficient. Even worse, the introduction of a carbon price for the heating and cooling of buildings could lead to higher energy bills for tenants or homeowners who are not able to, or cannot afford to, renovate their homes.
Governments should remain responsible for the built environment. Extending the EU ETS to buildings would mean that governments are no longer accountable for introducing measures to decarbonise the building stock under the Effort Sharing legislation. Under the Effort Sharing Regulation, each Member State has annual climate targets that it needs to meet. By integrating buildings in the EU ETS, the sector would be taken out of the Effort Sharing Regulation, putting the responsibility of climate action instead on heating fuel suppliers. The integration of the building sector in the EU ETS could lead to the dismantling or shying away from more effective EU and national energy efficiency legislation, under the pretext that this would undermine the functioning of the carbon market. This would be dangerous as the decarbonisation of the building stock requires dedicated policies beyond a carbon price. It is up to governments to put in place programmes to accelerate renovation, to introduce minimum energy performance standards for buildings and to prioritize measures to alleviate energy poverty. These actions will not happen through the EU ETS, but by policymakers taking ownership of the transition to a climate-neutral built environment.
Green Deal for housing should be a key priority for Europe. Without urgent and accelerated action to renovate up to 97% of the European building stock by 2050, it will be impossible to meet the EU’s climate objectives. Fortunately, buildings’ operational emissions can be cut by 100%, mostly by using already commercially available solutions such as insulation. Including the building sector in the EU ETS distracts from taking effective measures to overcome the main barriers hampering the renovation of the EU building stock and the alleviation of energy poverty. The EU instead needs to put in place an enabling framework to ensure that the worst energy performing buildings are phased out over time, to guarantee quality homes for people and clear a pathway to climate-neutrality. The European Green Deal presents a perfect opportunity to deliver on comfortable, affordable and energy-efficient housing. This Green Deal can help unlock 130 billion euro per year to fill the investment gap for energy-efficient buildings3. Over 2 million jobs in Europe could be created throughsuch investments in energy efficiency –in particular in the deep renovation of buildings4.
(Source:EURIMA - European Insulation Manufacturers Association, Nov., 2019) Contact: EURIMA, Femke de Jong, email@example.com
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The project will incorporate eight 3.8-MW wind turbines and will be monitored and managed from within its electrical substation. The project is being financed through Spanish Banco Sabadell's wholly-owned subsidiary Sinia Renovables and its local unit Fuerza Eolica de San Matias.(Source: Elecnor SA, 22 Nov., 2019)
Contact: Elecnor, +91 417 99 00,
+91 597 14 40 - fax, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.elecnor.com
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The first phase of the project is going to see the construction of three wind power generation assets and one for solar energy. The second and third phases of the project's construction have not yet been announced. (Source: Mainstream Renewable Power, CryptoNewsZ, 23 Nov., 2019) Contact: Mainstream Renewable Power, Andy Kinsella, CEO, +353 (0) 1 290 2000, +56 (2) 25923100 -- Santiago, Chile Office, info-Chile@mainstreamrp.com,
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The wind turbine has been developed by ABS Group and is the first of three ABS-classed, SEMI Submersible Type units that will make up for a total of 25 MWs of floating offshore wind power.
(Source: Principle Power, Smart Energy, 5 Nov., 2019)
Contact: EDP Renovaveis, www.edpr.com, www.edp.com/en/windfloat; Repsol, www.repsol.com; Windplus, Dr. Carsten Meyer, 0421 897 660 0, email@example.com, www.windplus.de; ABS, Christopher J. Wiernicki, CEO, www.abs-group.com; Principle Power, (510) 280- 5180, www.principlepowerinc.com
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China is set to have the largest biofuel production growth of any country. The rollout of 10 pct ethanol blending in a growing number of provinces and increasing investments in production capacity drive a tripling of ethanol production by 2024. Brazil registers the second largest growth, boosted by the introduction of the Renovabio programme in 2020. The United States and Brazil still deliver two-thirds of total biofuel production in 2024. (Source: IEA Renewables 2019 Report, Oct., 2019) Contact: International Energy Agency, Dr. Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00, www.iea.org
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The new code will help both consumers and municipalities interested in voluntarily adopting higher efficiency standards for new and renovated building construction projects.
NYStretch is expected to deliver roughly 11 pct in energy savings over the model energy codes that will be the basis for the 2020 Energy Conservation Construction Code of New York State (2020 ECCC-NYS), with ROI ranging from 6to 12 years.
(Source: NYSERDA, 11 Oct., 2019)Contact: NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov
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Alongside Built Green's Single Family Renovation Program, also applicable to multi-family low rise, the High Density (HD) Renovation Program offers builders a means to renovate high density and high density mixed-use buildings more sustainably.
To qualify for the HD Renovation program, substantial upgrades/retrofits must be made to the energy-related building systems, including the building envelope and the mechanical and electrical systems. The energy performance of the building's upgrades and retrofits are then compared to the requirements of the current energy standard or energy code used for modeling with ASHRAE 90.1-2010 or NECB 2011 to show energy savings resulting from the renovation. Beyond efficiency, the renovations must be sustainable.
Strategic Group has four high density renovation projects enrolled in this pilot. Additionally, the company has two projects enrolled in Built Green High Density New Construction, while yet another project was certified in 2017.
Built Green Canada is a national, industry-driven, not-for-profit organization offering third-party certification programs in the residential building sector. Since its inception, builders have completed over 32,750 BUILT GREEN® certified homes in Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Ontario; including units in multi-storey projects, this total is over 36,090 (as at March 31, 2019).
Download the BuiltGreen® Canada pilot program HERE
(Source: BuiltGreen Canada, PR, 30 Sept., 2019) Contact: Built Green Canada, Jennifer Christenson, CEO,
780.485.0920, firstname.lastname@example.org,, www.builtgreencanada.ca
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Previously, the CSU, the Bavarian sister party of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative CDU, proposed the issuance of climate bonds with a guaranteed interest rate for citizens who want to invest in climate-friendly, energy efficiency renovations. A premium payable to home owners for scrapping inefficient furnaces, hot water heaters and major appliances was also proposed. Federal interior minister Horst Seehofer previously proposed making the climate-friendly, energy efficiency renovation of older buildings tax deductible. (Source: Merkur, Clean Energy Wire, 26 Aug., 2019) Contact: German Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Ministry_of_the_Interior,_Building_and_Community
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Under the programme, licensed home inspectors will deliver home energy ratings to home buyers as part of the pre-purchase inspection -- an independent third-party examination report detailing the condition of a home. The aim is to help purchasers understand the efficiency, comfort, and value of the home they are considering purchasing.
Home energy ratings are similar to vehicle miles per-gallon ratings, providing easy-to-understand visual reports that provide insight into how a home performs in areas like insulation, air sealing, heating and cooling efficiency, and water heating efficiency. With nearly 60 pct of home buyers considering a property that needs renovating, a home energy rating can provide a roadmap of energy efficiency opportunities that can be made after the purchase is complete.
Under the NYSERDA program, two home energy rating systems will be piloted: the US DOE Home Energy Score and the Pearl Home Certification from Pearl, a private residential energy efficiency certification firm. The pilot is being implemented in four phases through 2020.
Programme funding is from the state's 10-year, $5.3 billion Clean Energy Fund. (Source: NYSERDA, PR, 22 Aug., 2019) Contact: NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov; Pearl Home Certification, Cynthia Adams, CEO, (888) 557-5543, www.pearlcertification.com; US DOE Home Energy Score, www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/downloads/home-energy-score
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The retrofit program would be managed by Efficiency Manitoba, a crown corporation focused on energy conservation, which was created to take over Manitoba Hydro's Power Smart program.
Rebates would apply to retrofit windows and doors, furnace conversions and appliances purchased to make homes and businesses emit less greenhouse gases.
It would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 135,000 tonnes over the next three years. (Source: Efficiency Manitoba, CBC, 17 Aug., 2019) Contact: Efficiency Manitoba, www.efficiencymb.ca
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The Brazilian company added that the cooperation agreement is intended to take advantage of a growing demand for ethanol as a result of an upcoming national programme to boost biofuel use, known as RenovaBio, which is scheduled to start in January, 2020. The RenovaBio program will require 30 new ethanol plants in Brazil, the expansion of some existing plants and the rebooting of some previously shuttered facilities. (Source: Dedini IndŴstrias de Base, Hindu Business Line, 13 Aug., 2019) Contact: Dedini IndWstrias de Base, +55 19 3403-5500, www.dedini.com.br; Praj Industries Ltd., +91 20 7180 2000 / 2294 1000, email@example.com, www.praj.net
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The project belongs to the Bremen, Germany-based Windplus consortium, which is jointly owned by EDP Renovaveis with 54.4 pct, ENGIE with 24 pct and Repsol at 19.4 pct and Principle Power Inc. with the balance. The project will incorporate 3 Vestas turbines to collectively deliver an installed capacity of 25 MW -- sufficient power for 60,000 homes in one year. (Source: Windfloat Atlantic, reve, 18 July, 2019)
Contact: EDP Renovaveis, www.edpr.com, www.edp.com/en/windfloat; Repsol, www.repsol.com; Windplus, Dr. Carsten Meyer,
0421 897 660 0, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.windplus.de
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