The project will support the thermal refurbishment of residential buildings and the use of renewable energies in the region of Ile de France
The works consist mainly of improving the insulation of the buildings and windows as well as renovation of the heat generation and distribution system in the buildings, ventilation systems, and electric appliances which are part of the joint tenancy area (lights, pumps, etc.). The use of renewable energies (e.g. biomass or solar thermal collectors) may also be included in the works. Individual metering is foreseen in certain cases, for users to monitor their consumption.The works will lead to a decrease in energy consumption of the buildings. The performance level targeted is the “BBC Éffinergie Rénovation” label requirements which would correspond to a 50 - 70 % reduction of overall energy consumption of the buildings.
BAMB - Buildings As Material Banks - Project Consortium - launch of its Stakeholder Network. EU-funded H2020 https://t.co/Lz3M6Gz1fn 3 MayBR
The economic models that are used to inform climate policy currently contain an unhealthy dose of wishful thinking. Technologies that remove carbon dioxide from the air are assumed in the models that avoid dangerous climate change – but such technologies do not yet exist and it is unclear whether they could be deployed at a meaningful scale.
Giving a major boost to Open Science in Europe, the Commission today presented its blueprint for cloud-based services and world-class data infrastructure to ensure science, business and public services reap benefits of big data revolution.
By bolstering and interconnecting existing research infrastructure, the Commission plans to create a new European Open Science Cloud that will offer Europe's 1.7 million researchers and 70 million science and technology professionals a virtual environment to store, share and re-use their data across disciplines and borders. This will be underpinned by the European Data Infrastructure, deploying the high-bandwidth networks, large scale storage facilities and super-computer capacity necessary to effectively access and process large datasets stored in the cloud...
We have repackaged the data from a newer compilation put together by the Berkeley Earth, which is affiliated with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature Study combines 1.6 billion temperature reports from 16 pre-existing archives. It is nicely packaged and allows for slicing into interesting subsets (for example by country).
Climate change: the biggest threat of our age or a myth based on dodgy science? We're turning the data over to you https://t.co/E8PjZxFYMH
At Skoll Forum April 13: We know what’s right and we’ve seen what’s wrong,” he said. Citing the abolition of slavery, women’s suffrage and ending apartheid are all examples that show that’s what’s right and good eventually wins out. (Blogmaster BizDeansTalk:author is forgetting he mentioned the obtaining of gay rights across the USA as well.)
(Blogmaster BizDeansTalk:) Mr. Gore also mentioned how "Carbon bubble" is much more absurd than even the "sub-prime" bubble, as the whole planetary system would collapse before even a part of existing carbon reserves (still on the books as "assets") could be burned.
"Now it is the turn of business, of investment managers to say 'OK, how are we going to get there, how do we have to change our investment patterns, how do we have to change the way in which we have been working for such a long time, in order to be able to get to the decarbonized economy in time?'"
Figueres' comments come in the wake of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry stating that clean energy was "one of the greatest economic opportunities the world has ever seen."
There are certainly examples of the press covering the benefits of the grid. For example, The Economist had a recent piece that was largely about grid electricity. But, the coverage is disproportionately of the off-grid sector.
I’m not against solar home systems or solar lanterns. My concern is that those technologies are getting a disproportionate share of the media coverage relative to the potential benefits they can provide. If policymakers follow the media’s lead and emphasize off-grid solutions, we’re overlooking much higher impact on-grid solutions. And, if the ambitious entrepreneurs and funding follow the media, we’re ignoring the most important part of the picture.
To my mind, this is a huge omission. I hope we see more coverage of companies working on grid-scale solutions in the months to come.