Member States Must Cut Emissions Across All Sectors to Achieve EU Climate Targets

Emission cuts in the European Union’s (EU) Effort Sharing sectors need to accelerate considerably from 2018 onwards to achieve the current EU 2030 targets, according to a European Environment Agency (EEA) briefing, published recently. In particular, the large amount of emission reductions from planned measures in the transport sector need …

This Is the Carbon Footprint of Your Internet Activity

Data centres processing and storing the world’s data already use around 1% of the electricity we generate, according to the IEA. Computing is expected to account for up to 8% of global power demand by 2030. The emissions associated with everyday computing could be surprisingly high. A stone’s throw from …

Heat Pumps – What Savings They Make and How Much They Cost?

Advantages of heat pumps The main advantage of heat pumps over the competition in the market for heating and cooling appliances is that facilities equipped with heat pumps receive much more energy compared to the costs. Namely, the system is powered by electricity and generates between 3.5 and 6 kW …

New Standards for Air Conditioners and Refrigerators Set to Tackle Climate Change

Growing demand for air conditioning units and refrigerators is threatening to accelerate global warming, but new guidelines could help reduce emissions by setting clear performance standards for new appliances. The new model guidelines for room air conditioners and refrigerators provide a  tool for developing and emerging economies on laws and …

Helping a Warming World to Keep Cool

Heatwaves this summer that have left many Europeans sweltering highlight the growing demand for air conditioning in a warming world. Access to cooling services is becoming a major issue, especially in developing countries where owning an air conditioner is still uncommon. Nearly 2.8 billion people today live in hot countries, …

The Impact of Architecture on the Environment

In 1987, the World Commission on the Environment and Development defined sustainability as a process of meeting the present needs without compromising future generations and their needs. This definition can be expounded into three main aspects on which sustainability rests – ecology, economy, and society. Ecological aspect refers to our …