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Understanding the consequences of climate change mitigation policy

2016.08.17

EU-funded research shows that when climate change policy focuses only on mitigation without considering adaptation costs and residual damages, unintended inequalities result. Although the Paris Agreement on climate change represents an important step forward in international climate policy, like most climate policy, its analyses focus primarily on mitigation (i.e. national climate pledges, long-term temperature targets, etc.). 

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Branching out into new bioenergy supplies

2016.08.17

The EU-funded EUROPRUNING project has implemented a true pruning-to-energy value chain by introducing new technology and by removing barriers to the use of agricultural residues as an energy resource. Every year the EU produces over 13 million tonnes of agricultural prunings. 

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Energy efficient process industries: Furthering Europe’s ambitious environmental targets

2016.07.05

Greater energy efficiency in Europe’s process industries will not only contribute to the EU’s long-term competitiveness but will also play a prominent role in Europe’s quest to meet its highly ambitious environmental objectives. Over 450 000 enterprises and around 6.8 million jobs are dependent on Europe’s process industries, which range from chemicals, engineering, minerals and ore, non-ferrous metals, steel and water.

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Disrupting the solar energy status quo

2016.07.05

EU-funded research is inventing new materials and processes to make the manufacturing and use of solar cells more efficient and cost-effective. For decades, solar technology and applications have been dependent on dye-sensitised solar cells (DSSCs).

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New study argues household emissions are the key to reducing Beijing air pollution

2016.07.05

According to a new study part-funded by the EU, China’s plans to curb health-damaging emissions from power plants and vehicles may have less impact unless household use of coal and other dirty fuels is also curtailed. The high levels of air pollution first came to global attention before the 2008 Beijing summer Olympics, when factories were ordered to halt production so as not to impact on the health of tourists, spectators and athletes. 

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Variable speed Pumped Storage Hydro Plants offer a new era of smarter energy management

2016.05.19

The EU-funded ESTORAGE project has presented a range of options for increasing energy storage capacity across Europe, whilst also building flexibility into grids to better integrate renewables. The project recently made some of its first results public, identifying an impressive 2291 GWh of energy storage capacity realisable through Pumped Storage Hydro Plants (PSPs) across existing development-ready sites. This is more than seven times the currently installed PSP capacity across Europe.

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How game theory can lead to energy efficient solutions

2016.04.26

The EU-funded CASSTING project has pioneered an effective new approach to understanding and shaping what are known as collective adaptive systems. These complex systems typically consist of numerous autonomous units, which can interact in a variety of ways. Examples include the ecosystem; the brain; manufacturing businesses; and the internet.

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Cities given platform to achieve energy efficiency

2016.04.26

Developed through the EU-funded PLEEC (Planning for Energy Efficient Cities) project, the platform provides information and resources to guide city planners interested in developing their own Energy Efficiency Action Plans (EEAPs) in order to help meet EU climate goals. The platform shares the experiences of six project partners who have developed their own EEAPs, and provides step-by-step guidance for others on what needs to be done. 

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