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The Green Deal – The Energy Efficiency Scheme launched by the British Government

Energy Efficiency Chart
Background The United Kingdom has set itself the target of reducing carbon emissions by 80% by 2050 (A, p.4). Within this context the UK will have 85% of its current housing stock in 2050 and there is a need to improve the energy efficiency of these homes in the face of rising energy costs (A, p.4). Emissions from buildings account for “43% of the UK’s total greenhouse gas emissions” (B) and fuel poverty, where a household have to spend over 10% of their income on energy for heating, is emerging as a pressing social issue with over five million households currently affected (C, p.5). In…
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EEC Alumnus Spotlight – Eleonora Nicoletti

Eleonora Nicoletti, EEC participant
In this section, we focus on the achievements of those who have attended EEC courses and those who have attained the internationally recognised Galileo Master Certificate (GMC) to establish their careers in the renewable energy industry. This month, the EEC talks to Eleonora Nicoletti who is an Architect and PhD Researcher at the University for the Creative Arts. Eleonora has studied through the EEC's distance learning platform to become a Solar Energy Expert Consultant.
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Global Round Tables UNEP-EEC

Global Round Tables UNEP-EEC
The European Energy Centre (EEC) works with the United Nations UNEP in order to promote knowledge sharing and best practice in the Renewable Energy Industry. The EEC and the United Nations jointly delivered the Global Round Tables and the final report from this is now available to download, alongside presentations and information sheets. Topics covered included Clean Energy Hybrid Mini-Grids in Remote Areas; Policy Risk Insurance Mechanism; Finance for Access to Clean Environmental Technologies (FACET) and Energy Efficiency for Buildings.
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Free Courses on Renewable Energy

THE GALILEO PROJECT – The European Energy Centre (EEC) has won European funding to train individuals and professionals in renewable energy, allowing them to gain the Galileo Master Certificate. The courses are open to the general public, individuals and companies from all backgrounds. Taught by renowned university lecturers and leading experts with both practical and theoretical expertise, the courses have been running at major universities around the UK and Europe for the past 36 years. The acknowledged quality of the respected Galileo Master Certificate (GMC) has been fundamental in securing the European funding from numerous organisations; including collaborations with universities and Centro Studi Galileo. The GMC has been recognised as a highly effective…
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Renewable Energy Conference Urges Immediate Action

EEC Summit
Organised by the European Energy Centre EEC, the United Nations Environment Programme UNEP, Terre Policy Centre and the International Institute of Refrigeration IIR the 14th European Conference was held at the leading Scottish Universities of Heriot-Watt and Edinburgh Napier University; and it attracted delegates from 11 countries including from the Indian Subcontinent who came to exchange practical and concrete solutions for a fast conversion to a fossil-fuel-free society. During the conference, Rajendra Shende warned delegates that there is not enough time to wait for new policy as a driver for taking action against climate change. Instead, he urged local initiatives to create their own grassroots-type summit by strengthening collaborative, cross-sector partnerships between business and academia.
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Renewable Energy Courses Launch at Coventry University

To meet the growing demand for trained personnel in renewable energy, the European Energy Centre is launching a series of training courses at Coventry University. The courses, which are open to the general public, have been selected from our most popular training events held at Edinburgh Napier University and other leading European universities. Coventry University joins the growing list of leading European universities who together with the United Nations is helping the European Energy Centre promote renewable energy through training and conferences.
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European Commission at the EEC Summit: Innovative Technologies Applied to Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning

At the 14th European Conference leading authorities in refrigeration and air conditioning highlighted the need to strengthen and enforce existing regulations for fluorinated greenhouse gases. Yet, meeting environmental targets for greenhouse gas emissions will also require end users to be educated and involved in taking responsibility for their refrigeration units. Nearly 200 delegates from over 23 countries across Europe, the United States, South Korea, India and Japan gathered in Milan for the second instalment of the 14th European Conference on Renewable Energy and Heating.  The conference, which was organised by the European Energy Centre, United Nations (UNEP), IIR and TERRE focused heavily on the latest technologies in refrigeration and air conditioning (RAC) and setting an economically and environmentally sustainable vision for the industry.
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EEC Launches Electric Vehicles Training Course

Training courses at the EEC
Edinburgh-based, European Energy Centre (EEC) has launched a 2-day training course for professionals and individuals who want to understand the cost saving opportunities and environmental benefits of switching to electric vehicles. With soaring fuel prices and increasing pressure to reduce emissions from transport, electric vehicles seem like an attractive offer. Yet for many people, making the change from combustion engine-powered vehicles to electric-powered transport can still seem like a leap of faith. Following 36 years expertise in training in renewable energy technologies, the EEC launches Electric Vehicles training courses – which is most known for its green conferences in partnership…
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International Conference Makes New Green Deal a Reality

14th European Conference in Renewable Energy
At the recent Bangkok UN Summit 2010, the United Nations launched the 14th European Conference in Renewable Energy, taking place in Edinburgh at Heriot-Watt University. The Conference on the Latest Technologies in Renewable Energy, Applications in Heating and Cooling - to lower CO2 emissions is organised by the European Energy Centre (EEC) in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the intergovernmental International Institute of Refrigeration (IIR). At the UN Summit in Bangkok, Leaders and Ministers from the 180 countries who are signatories to the UNs Kyoto and Montreal Protocols, were presented with a copy of the Special International Issue UNEP-EEC of Industria & Formazione.
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Getting Ready for Renewable Energy

The meeting lead to a Skills Alliance to support green jobs
The "Getting Ready for Renewable Energy- GND" is an important international conference which took place in the Indian city of Pune in December. By putting into practice the aims of the ‘Green New Deal’ – GND – the conference explored the opportunities for partnership between Europe and India in the expanding field of renewable energies. The GND is the solution to both the economic and environmental challenges the world faces today. Investment and development in new renewable technologies will both contribute to the reduction of climate change whilst creating economic growth through the trade and employment opportunities created. The conference was organised by the European Energy Centre (EEC), Centro Studi Galileo[iii], the Indian association TERRE and the Associazione Tecnici Italiani del Freddo. Building upon the outcomes of the 13th European conference - which EEC and CSG chaired in partnership with the United Nations earlier this year - this conference directly addressed the Indian Government’s desire to collaborate with international institutions to implement the ‘National Action Plan on Climate Change’.
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