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Powering Smart Grid Resilience With Batteries on Wheels

The Fermata Energy V2X bidirectional charger is the first to be approved by Nissan for use in the United States. September 2022 (Photo courtesy Fermata Energy) Posted for media use

Trials started this week for Inflexion, a Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) bidirectional charging program built by a UK energy software company to secure a stronger electricity grid. Inflexion allows charged electric vehicles to send power to consumers’ homes or offices in off-peak hours, when costs and carbon levels are low and sell the clean energy back into the grid during peak use when costs and carbon emissions are higher.

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Greener EU Buildings Open Low-Carbon Pathways to 2050

Solar panels form balcony walls in the Eco-district Meyrin Les Vergers, Geneva, Switzerland, June 23, 2020 (Photo by Guilhem Vellut) Creative Commons license via Flickr

Energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in European buildings and construction have ballooned to an all-time high from lower levels during the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2021, this economic sector accounted for over 34 percent of energy demand and 37 percent of energy and process-related CO2 emissions – now the European Union is urgently activating a new strategy.

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Meeting on the Green Side Is Easier Than Ever

Meeting on the Green Side Is Easier Than Ever

BONN, Germany, October 23, 2022 – Meetings, gatherings, conferences, summits, festivals, forums, caucuses, councils – large and small, events can be a major source of greenhouse gas emissions and environmental impacts. Now a new, free online tool offers user-friendly solutions that can be used to lower greenhouse gas emissions and help reach climate goals.

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EU Project Teams Treat Waste Heat and Cold as Treasures

Waste-to-energy incinerator in Belvedere, London, UK. 2013 (Photo by Petras Gagilas) Creative Commons license via Flickr

Five European project teams revolutionizing waste heat and cold recovery and industrial energy cooperation have joined forces to create an Alliance for Energy Cooperation in European Industries. Initially, they intend to publish guidelines on how managers can boost energy efficiency, recover waste heat and cold, and encourage energy cooperation.

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2021: World Turns to Clean Energy as Prices Fall

Mecktilda and Stefano became local agents for Global Cycle Solutions, a solar energy provider, in their village near Mwanza, Tanzania.  A year later, they had sold over 200 solar kits and earned enough to cover their children's school fees. August 25, 2015 Tanzania (Photo by Russell Watkins courtesy UK Department for International Development) Creative Commons license via Flickr

The Rockefeller Foundation has announced the formation of a global coalition aimed at providing sustainable energy for one billion people within this decade. Announcing the global sustainable energy coalition, Dr. Rajiv Shah, president of The Rockefeller Foundation, said, “Our success will empower millions of people to participate in a modern economy, growing economic opportunity for us all.”

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Community Solutions – effecting real change

UN Sustainable Development Goals

It’s become more critical than ever to find solutions to the world’s most pressing social and environmental issues. From challenges around energy, waste and water, to the growing refugee crisis, communities need to find positive ways to address these complex issues, and to start building a more sustainable future.

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Making municipalities more energy efficient

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It is estimated that 60% of all energy used is wasted due to inefficient systems. Municipal buildings and services have a huge energy savings potential, which can reduce their overall energy consumption and energy costs. Artificial intelligence (AI) can help municipalities solve a multitude of problems by identifying where energy is wasted and thereby making them more efficient and helping them convert into smart cities.

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How Artificial Intelligence Creates Smarter Buildings

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“Artificial intelligence or AI involves a computer’s ability to adapt to a situation and create a unique solution that was not directly programmed. The energy industry has been tapping into the innovative world of AI to learn how to improve processes, ensure energy resiliency and to enhance the customer experience, among other pertinent goals,” Chris Buzby writes on the Constellation Energy Resources blog.

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EU Companies Must Meet Year-End Energy Audit Deadline

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Under the European Union’s primary law to boost energy efficiency – and meet the EU target of cutting energy use by 20 percent by 2020 – all companies with more than 250 employees must conduct an energy audit within a common framework once every four years. The next deadline for compliance is December 5, 2019.

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Energy Efficiency Is the ‘First Fuel’

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“Energy efficiency is the single most effective strategy for reducing carbon emissions,” the Washington, DC-based nonprofit Alliance to Save Energy told a congressional hearing on climate change earlier this year. The group urged lawmakers to prioritize energy efficiency to stabilize the warming climate.

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