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  • Monitoring criteria for market uptake of nearly zero-energy buildings in Europe

    A new report provides tracking criteria appropriate for monitoring and measuring the market maturity towards nearly zero-energy buildings (nZEB) in EU-Member States. NZEBs are the mandatory standard for new buildings in the EU as of 2021. Yet the current gap in reliable data on market activities makes it difficult for policy-makers to evaluate the success of their policies and measures. Published...
  • Solar and wind energy outlook: large global potential even under strict constraints

    New global analysis provides a bottom-up assessment of renewable electricity potentials across the entire globe for all solar and wind electricity technologies at country level. The focus was not on full technical potential but on an estimate of the realistic, or constrained, technical potential, which accounts for technical as well as non-technical limitations, such as acceptance, cost, competiti...
  • Canada’s INDC: ranked “inadequate,” likely to overshoot both 2020 and 2030 targets

    According to analysis from the Climate Action Tracker, Canada’s submitted “Intended Nationally Determined Contribution” (INDC) to the upcoming climate change agreement in Paris is labelled “inadequate”. Under its INDC, Canada proposes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30% below 2005 levels in 2030. This translates to a 21% reduction below 2005 emissions levels excluding forestry, or 2% below 1...
  • What is the status quo of CDM projects?

    New research informs on status and prospects of Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects worldwide. Conducted by Ecofys and NewClimate Insitute on behalf of the German Ministry for the Environment, the research evaluated a large representative sample of projects to extract insights on barriers and means for supporting the continuation of these projects. The CDM still represents the largest gree...