Overcoming the real bottlenecks to European renewable transition

The EU is looking to lower the barriers to renewable energy investment and adoption to urgently divert away from Russian gas. However, the solution proposed is endangering environmental standards, instead of tackling long-standing bottlenecks in technical, human, and financial resources, writes Bich Dao. Ukraine’s ravaging devastation has made turning off the Russian gas tap to […]

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Out of the woods: Using ecodesign to reduce the negative impacts of solid fuel heating – New report

The path towards heating decarbonisation is paved with highly efficient electric heat pumps and solar energy. Nonetheless, some see a role for biomass in the transition, considering it a renewable solution. Is it though? In a new Coolproducts report, ECOS experts offer recommendations on how solid fuel heating can become a rarely used solution in […]

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The European heating market is ready to phase out fossil gas – a joint call from NGOs and industry

Findings from the latest domestic heating market analysis reveal the companies leading the renewable heating transition in Europe. These industry front-runners, together with the largest European network of environmental NGOs, call on legislators to support heating’s green transformation in a joint press release. The European Environmental Bureau (EEB), on behalf of Coolproducts campaign, just released […]

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Heat pumps perform successfully across Europe – New consumer analysis

Heat pumps and solar thermal systems are keeping users all across Europe well in their comfort zones –  physically, financially, and environmentally. The latest Coolproducts analysis reveals that 88% of European users are satisfied with the switch to renewable heating. There is life beyond gas boilers, and it’s a cosy one according to the majority […]

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Non-replaceable batteries are bad news for the environment and consumers

Planning to buy a smartphone, an e-bike or any other product that includes a rechargeable battery for Christmas? A new research by Right to Repair Europe, the EEB and the University of Lund shows that most batteries in today’s products cannot be easily removed, replaced or repaired, resulting in shorter device lifetimes, a loss of […]

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Polluting heatwaves: China dumps their unwanted energy-wasting fans in Europe

Data compiled by TopTen Switzerland suggest that Chinese comfort fan producers sell energy-guzzling products to Europe and other regions. Given that these products are not even allowed in China, the EU should also ban them from the bloc’s market, by setting minimum energy efficiency limits, writes Hélène Rochat. Comfort fans are often a good alternative […]

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When Empty Promises Won’t Do – Why regulation is needed to end built-in obsolescence of printers

Printers have grown to become an archetype of today’s throwaway culture, in spite of over a decade of EU-endorsed industry commitments to make them more sustainable, If the European Commission is to stand by its promise to curb the built-in obsolescence of our everyday tech, it must fall out of love with manufacturers’ promises. The […]

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Climate neutral clouds? The journey towards sustainable and energy efficient data centres – New briefing

ECOS and Coolproducts experts analyse the state of EU policies targeting the environmental footprint of data centres, a sector with a growing impact on our planet. Data centres are the factories of the digital world. As digital services move into the cloud, their energy consumption moves into data centres, and their environmental impact becomes invisible […]

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Out of gas: EU is €70 billion away from making renewable heating affordable for all – New analysis

The answer to soaring gas prices lies in renewable heating, a technology that is ready to replace gas boilers but only affordable in 8 EU countries. To enable consumers to overcome the upfront cost for switching to clean heating, EU governments will need to increase subsidies by €70 billion, a new Coolproducts study reveals. The […]

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Ecodesign and energy labelling are essential in the ‘green’ transition – but the EU must fund them

While EU politicians make bold speeches about climate action, behind the scenes the European Commission is actively defunding two of the most successful environmental policies to date: Ecodesign and Energy Labelling. Together, both policies have been improving the energy efficiency of our home appliances and IT devices for over 20 years by creating incentives for […]

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