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  • Has the EU Commission weakened its climate proposal?

    A new Climate Action Tracker policy brief has analysed the European Commission proposal on the EU’s “intended nationally determined contribution” (INDC) to a future international climate agreement that was issued yesterday. Compared to earlier versions, the proposal contains new elements like forestry accounting, a rejection of a conditional target and a global long-term goal. The policy brief fi...
  • Position paper: Heating & cooling strategy for the European building sector until 2050

    A new Ecofys position paper looks at the current situation of the heating and cooling supply of the European building stock and highlights issues that need to be tackled in order to achieve a reduction of fossil fuel consumption and related emissions of at least 90% by 2050. Presented at the Brussels conference “Heating & Cooling in the European Energy Transition”, the paper highlights the dramat...
  • First set of corporate science-based targets could save 20 million tons of CO2 emissions by 2020

    Applying the Science Based Target methodology, eleven multinational companies will be able to jointly achieve greenhouse gas emissions reductions of -37% by 2020. In total, the 20 million tons of fewer CO2 emissions equal the emissions of four new coal power plants. A new infographic sums up projected results from 11 case studies with global businesses from various sectors and over 600 million USD...
  • Global index report ranks countries by their energy efficiency performance

    A new index report ranks countries based on their economic output per unit of energy consumed. The “2015 Energy Productivity and Economic Prosperity Index” that was launched by Philips today and presented to Miguel Arias Cañete, EU Climate Action and Energy Commissioner, has been prepared by The Lisbon Council, Ecofys and Quintel Intelligence. It reveals a huge potential for societies to raise the...