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Call for EU-wide benchmarking in EU emission trading scheme
19/11/2008
A recent report assessing the first two years of the ETS outlines the positive, compromises and problems, while recommending benchmarking to increase business predictability Following the completion of the initial phase of the EU emission trading scheme (ETS), the Centre for European Policy...
Balancing electrical energy supply and demand
07/11/2008
Renewable energy presents a challenge: how to meet peak demand with increasing reliance on intermittent sources. A new analysis explores storage options to facilitate use of renewables. The challenge of reducing greenhouse gas emissions has prompted a shift from conventional power stations to...
Eco-innovation driving the future of the EU
07/11/2008
Eco-innovation should be viewed as a driving force, shaping how the EU views future markets and presenting a golden opportunity, concludes the Europe Innova Sectoral Innovation Watch on eco-innovation.   The fifth and final meeting of Europe Innova's Sectoral Innovation Watch in Brussels in...
European Council adopts Fuel Cells and Hydrogen JTI
06/11/2008
Major funding by the EU and industry should put Europe at the forefront of hydrogen fuel cell development and deployment. This could lead to a future where car emissions are purely water. Fuel cells are highly efficient energy-conversion devices that could be applied in a variety of products...
Commission launches major funding programme for eco-innovation projects
19/08/2008
The EU Competitiveness and Innovation programme is offering €28 million funding in 2008 to stimulate take up of the best environmental products, processes and services in Europe, contributing to implementation of ETAP. Europe is a strong player in eco-innovation with a turnover of €227 billion...
Driving the hydrogen way
06/08/2008
Hydrogen energy could reduce oil consumption by 40% in road transport by 2050 according to the HyWays project, which proposes a roadmap to overcome barriers and boost European competitiveness in this key sector. By taking a leading position in the worldwide market for hydrogen technologies,...
Call for more integrated approach to road transport research
06/08/2008
EU Science and Research Commissioner Janez Potočnik has called for greater co-operation in road transport research and a more integrated approach to developing a cleaner, safer and smarter road transport system. At the Transport Research Arena 2008 conferencein Ljubljana, Slovenia in April 2008...
CEC champions green building
06/08/2008
Green design, construction, renovation and operation of buildings could cut North American greenhouse gas emissions more deeply, quickly and cheaply than other measure according to a new report. The report published by the Commission for Environmental Co-operation (CEC) champions the concept of...
Driving the hydrogen way
06/08/2008
Hydrogen energy could reduce oil consumption by 40% in road transport by 2050 according to the HyWays project, which proposes a roadmap to overcome barriers and boost European competitiveness in this key sector. By taking a leading position in the worldwide market for hydrogen technologies,...
Climate change package to enhance growth & jobs
04/08/2008
A Commission package to fight climate change and promote renewable energy, demonstrating targets agreed last year are technologically and economically sound, provides a major opportunity for businesses. Measures announced on 23 January 2008 are intended to increase use of renewable energy...

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