Mapping Europe’s subsidies for fossil fuel heating systems

A new analysis shows that most EU governments pay millions of euro in subsidies to have new gas boilers installed in our homes, despite evidence that this is slowing down the uptake of renewable heat and undermining Europe’s 2030 climate goals. Only seven countries in the EU have so far stopped the flood of public […]

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The EU must phase out new fossil fuel heaters by 2025 – or will not reach climate neutrality on time

A phase out of gas and oil boilers could bring about 110 million tonnes of annual CO2 savings by 2050, research by Coolproducts experts shows. This is two thirds of the total emissions reduction needed from residential and public buildings to achieve climate neutrality by 2050. New research carried out by Coolproducts experts shows that […]

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Ecodesign ‘omnibus’ amendment: a wolf in sheep’s clothing?

Campaign co-founder ECOS reports on a worrying threat to the already adopted 2019 ecodesign regulations, and on what EU member states can do to avoid it. This reaction is part of the 'Right to Repair' campaign.

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New energy labels in the boxes of TVs and kitchen appliances

The transition period for introducing new energy labels for dishwashers, fridges, freezers, washing machines, washer driers, electronic displays and TVs is kicking off. Appliance suppliers will start sending the new energy labels to retailers as of 1 November. For the next four months, however, shops will continue displaying old labels – as of 1 March […]

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Stop funding new fossil gas boilers – NGOs and industry

Today we teamed up with industry groups to condemn unfair competition and hostile market conditions for renewable heat solutions . Without an EU-wide plan to stop subsidising gas boilers, Europe will jeopardise its own climate neutrality goals.

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This summer, (heat)wave goodbye to portable air conditioners

As temperatures across Europe beat records summer after summer, air conditioner manufacturers rub their hands in glee. No wonder - their sales are skyrocketing. By 2050, the IEA expects the number of air conditioners in buildings to reach 5.6 billion, up from 1.6 billion today. Around two-thirds of the world’s households could have air-con by then.

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Take a deep breath – and regulate emissions from gas hobs now

A new study reveals that indoor air gas stoves expose people to air pollution levels that are largely above EU air quality standards limits. The European Commission should protect our health and the environment, and regulate emissions from gas hobs.

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Webinar: Cooling down Europe’s heating system

Join us for a webinar on the decarbonisation of domestic heating through the Ecodesign Directive and Energy Labelling regulation. This event is promoted as part of the European Commission’s Sustainable Energy Week.

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Eternal flame: The quest to ban toxic flame retardants

The battle to restrict the use of toxic flame retardants in consumer products goes on as industry lobbyists sue the European Commission. From fire fighters to health experts, campaigners are fighting back.

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Covid-19 recovery plan calls for consumer savings and environmental commitments

A resilient future requires a responsible industry and sustainable supply chain. In this article, we reject business groups’ calls to halt environmental rules for electronics and home appliances in the aftermath of the Covid-19 crisis.

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