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ESTIF at EUROSUN Conference 2016 – Palma de Mallorca
Date: Monday 31. of October 2016

Organized by the International Solar Energy Society (ISES), and the University of the Balearic Islands, this event was the 11th International Conference on Solar Energy for Buildings and Industry - EuroSun, the ISES European solar energy congress. This year’s event, held in Palme de Mallorca between the 12 and 14 of October, focused on 11 specific themes, most of which dealt partly or exclusively with solar thermal.

A large audience of industry, researchers and professionals gathered to...

Renewable Energy Directive – A Franco-German perspective
Date: Monday 31. of October 2016

On October 26, the French and German governments circulated a paper on the future Renewable Energy Directive, as part of the negotiating process occurring between the European Commission, the Council and the Parliament.

The paper touches on the different issues at stake with the revision of the Directive, and it is particularly interesting when it comes to the heating and cooling section, giving thus an indication of those countries’ negotiating position.

According to the paper, the...

SKN: work on strategy and improvement of complaint procedures to continue
Date: Thursday 20. of October 2016

The 21st Solar Keymark Network (SKN) meeting took place in the island of Crete, Greece. Among the many points addressed in this meeting, several were related to the outputs of the work linked to the action plan previously approved.

One of the outcomes is that a new WG on SK strategy was set up. It will address the main issues resulting from SK working groups discussions dealing with action plan topics (legal requirements, communication, new products, installers, etc.).

Besides, several of...

SKN working group on complaint procedure
Date: Thursday 21. of July 2016

The SKN constituted a working group (WG) on the topic of the new and improved complaint procedure. This WG was constituted to deal with some important issues highlighted in previous discussions, namely at the last SKN meeting, regarding some gaps and unclearness in the current process for complaints. This WG, constituted at the last SKN meeting, shall be presented and discussed at the next SKN meeting,

This WG will hold webmeetings.  You can have access to the initial basis for...

Making buildings smart: empowering consumers and delivering the Energy Union cost-effectively
Date: Thursday 21. of July 2016

This event, organised by eu.bac (the European Building Automation and Controls Association), on the 12 July, tried to elaborate on the concept of 'Smart Building', while looking into the EU's current policy landscape; and discussing the most cost-effective paths for the gradual transformation of EU's building stock into 'Smart Buildings' in the longer term.

Marie Donnelly, Director for Renewables, Research and Innovation, Energy Efficiency, DG ENER was the key speaker. She explained in...

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