Making a difference by boosting energy efficiency

How can the  European Union reduce at least 55% of its CO2 emissions by 2030? The most obvious answer is to use less energy in the first place.

Buildings alone account for 40% of the energy consumption in Europe. By renovating older buildings there is scope for reducing emissions, becoming more fuel self-sufficient, and cutting energy bills, while still keeping people warm. 

Project highlights

Browse through the slideshow to discover key project achievements so far: 


 


Explore projects on energy efficiency

Please note: This page features projects on energy efficiency of buildings. 

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2IMPREZS: School kids cutting energy use by 30%

In 2IMPREZS, school kids take leadership in achieving massive energy savings at 141 schools in the North Sea Region.

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ACCESS: Conserving energy through smart grids and storage  

ACCESS promotes local urban energy hubs including smart grid and storage solutions that help communities to utilise green energy more efficiently. 

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COBEN: Engaging communities in the energy transition

The COBEN pilot in Denmark engaged over 400 households in an energy renovation scheme.

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EMPOWER 2.0: Coaching energy renovations

In its Kortrijk pilot, EMPOWER 2.0 supports local Renovation Coaches to visit communities and home owners to inspire them to energy renovate their homes. 

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INDU-ZERO: Speeding up energy renovation

The project develops a factory blueprint for energy retrofitting 22 million older buildings in the North Sea Region. The concept enables faster energy renovation at half the price. 

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SMARTGREEN: Reducing the climate footprint of greenhouses

Greenhouses consume a lot of energy. SMARTGREEN explores the use of data and LED lighting systems to cut the energy bill and spare the atmosphere of greenhouse gases.

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Stronghouse: Helping homeowners to invest in energy renovation

Stronghouse empowers homeowners and neighbourhoods to invest in the energy efficiency of private homes. Its aims to reduce the CO2 footprint of 22,000 homes by 36 kiloton and generate a €120 million investment. 

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