To stay within tolerable temperature limits, worldwide emissionsEmissions of greenhouse gases, greenhouse gas precursors, and aerosols associated with human activities, including the burning of fossil fuels, deforestation, land-use changes, livestock, fertilisation, etc. (IPCC) must stop rising before 2020, must be cut by at least half of their 1990 levels by 2050, and must continue to fall thereafter. The EU is serious about ensuring that an ambitious and legally binding global treaty is agreed at the UN climate change conference in Mexico City in 2010, and has now taken further steps to improve and harmonize European legislation concerning energy issues.

The EU’s energy-targetsTarget period: For multi-year goals, a period of several consecutive years over which the mitigation goal is to be achieved. The last years of the goal period. Target year: For single-year goals, the year by which the goal is to be met. The last year of the goal period. Target year emissions: ... for 2020 include a target of reducing energy consumption by 20% through increased energy efficiencyUsing less energy/electricity to perform the same function. Programs designed to use electricity more efficiently - doing the same with less., and European Parliament has just approved new legislation concerning efficient building and the energy efficiencyUsing less energy/electricity to perform the same function. Programs designed to use electricity more efficiently - doing the same with less. labeling system. co2.gif
When it is considered that within the EU buildings account for about 40% of energy consumption, as well as the fact that efficiency is the cheapest way to reduce CO2 emissions, it has to be welcomed that all buildings put up from the end of 2020 must have high energy-saving standards throughout all member states. National building codes will have to be adapted and existing buildings will have to be reconstructed and improved wherever possible, because the directive concerns both new and existing buildings. Coordination by the EU will ensure that the burden is fairly spread and binding targets  will take account of national capacities.

Home-owners are to be encouraged through attractive financial incentives to replace heating, hot-waterClimate change is expected to exacerbate current stresses on water resources from population growth and economic and land-use change, including urbanisation. On a regional scale, mountain snow pack, glaciers and small ice caps play a crucial role in freshwater availability. Widespread mass ... plumbing and air-con systems with high-efficiency technologies such as heat pumps. With a view to intelligent gridsA grid is a network of transmission lines, usually to distribute electric power ., the installment of smart metersSmart meters are digital devices which transmit information about electricity consumption and production (feed-in of renewable energy) to the utility provider. Smart meters offer a range of modern applications and allow the end-user to take advantage of dynamic prices and off-peak rebates. is also to be promoted. Especially boilers and cooling systems with high energy consumption will have to be regularly inspected.factory.gif

Easy-to-understand labeling is also thought to help consumers assess the running costsCost: The consumption of resources such as labour time, capital, materials, fuels, etc. as the consequence of an action. In economics, all resources are valued at their opportunity cost, which is the value of the most valuable alternative use of the resources. Costs are defi ned in a variety of ... when buying new household appliances such as fridges, freezers and washing machines. The energy-performance  certificate for buildings is already well established. The existing energy label is to be improved, but it will stick with its established coloring scheme. EU Parliament approved the new layout which will offer more information on the energy consumption of appliances. Which specific products will have to be labeled is currently being determined by a Commission working group. Energy-consuming products for commercial and industrial use will also have energy labelsLabels help consumers make choices in regard to the climate impacts of the products they buy.Clear, easy-to-understand labeling of household applications such as washing machines and other goods is thought to empower consumers to choose low carbon products. This regards the production of a ... in the future. Furthermore, energy-related products such as window glazing and building materials are also obliged to display the label under the new directive.

Another important point is that any advert mentioning the energy consumption or price of a specific model of household appliance will have to show the product’s energy class, and this will also apply for any other technical promotional literature.barrel.gif

Financing instruments play a key role in Europe’s successful transformation into an energy-efficient and low carbon economy, therefore the Commission will continue to encourage Member States to use the available funds under the European Regional Development Fund. Available funds shall act as leverage for stimulating investments in energy efficiency, and the EU climate changeClimate change is a lasting change in weather patterns over long periods of time. It can be a natural phenomena and and has occurred on Earth even before people inhabited it. Quite different is a current situation that is also referred to as climate change, anthropogenic climate change, or ... and energy strategy is in line with the EU’s drive for economic growth and job creation.

Rising to challenges and seizing opportunities must be the motto! Investment into Europe’s role at the forefront of the energy transition will create new business and research opportunities as well as make Europe less vulnerable to erratic energy prices and uncertain supply chains of traditional energyConventional energy is contributing to climate change through emission of greenhouse gases. It includes all types of fossil energy. carriers.

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