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  • Ecofys estimates cost and risks of Dutch offshore wind roll-out round 3

    The Netherlands plan to increase their installed offshore wind capacity to 4,500 megawatts by 2023. With the related roll-out reaching round 3, one of the first tenders issued will be the 700 MW tender for the Borssele coast area. The Dutch grid operator TenneT has been designated to become the operator of the offshore grid. TenneT will build both the connection cable to the onshore connector stat...
  • cRRescendo project paves way for a transition towards a smart zero-energy society in four European cities

    Within the coming decade, the municipalities of Almere, Milton Keynes, Ajaccio and Viladecans could become true smart-cities with nearly zero-energy use. Ecofys had brought these four European cities together as participants of cRRescendo, the largest sustainable building project that has been supported by the EU funded CONCERTO programme. The project, which now has come to a close after seven ye...
  • UNEP report: Global emissions should hit net zero within second half of century

    In order to limit global temperature rise to 2oC and thus head off the worst impacts of climate change, as agreed to by world leaders at the 2010 Cancun Climate Conference, global greenhouse gas emissions should start falling in the next few years and hit net zero by the second half of the century, according to a new United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report. As nations prepare to gather...
  • Countries get support in preparing their INDCs ahead of Paris 2015

    A new paper provides guidance on the preparation process of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs). As decided during the UN climate conference in Warsaw last year, INDCs put forward by countries will form a key input to the negotiations leading towards the 2015 Paris climate agreement. It is the first time such an ex-ante process has been formally adopted under the UNFCCC, leading t...