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Figure D source code Trends in energy efficiency and ownership rates of household appliances and electricity consumption in households, EU-27
The figure shows trends in energy efficiency of appliances (dishwasher, TV, washing machine) compared to ownership numbers of these appliances and total electricity consumption for lighting and appliances per dwelling. The figure illustrates that increasing ownership of appliances is more than offsetting gains from energy efficiency improvements in individual appliances.
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Figure Trends in heating energy consumption and energy efficiency for housing, EU-27
Trends in relative and absolute energy consumption for space heating show how increasing per person housing space, and increasing numbers of households are offsetting gains in energy efficiency in buildings in Europe
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SOER Message (Deprecated) Urban environment — key message 3
Cities, due to the high concentration of people and activities, deliver and demand goods and services that impact their own areas and regions far away. While cities in Europe contribute 69 % of the continent's CO2 emissions, an urban resident consumes less energy than a rural resident. Urban density and compactness enable more energy efficient forms of housing and transport – an asset for a more sustainable Europe.
Located in The European environment — state and outlook 2015 Urban environment - SOER 2010 thematic assessment Key messages
File D source code Ecovillage: Environmental Atlas of Europe - Ireland
Ten years ago, a group of people in Ireland came together to try to reduce their overall carbon footprint by building an ecological community. They looked at how they could incor-porate sustainability into every aspect of their lives – how they could build and power their houses, how they could earn their living, how they could travel and grow their food.
Located in The Environmental Atlas Ecovillage Video
Figure Benchmarking in the steel industry
Figure shows a more detailed comparison of the performance (in terms of energy unit consumption) of the European steel sector across the different EU-27 countries taking into account the relative share of electric steel in total crude steel production.
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File Troff document Climate change — time to act
Climate change is a real and current threat. To avoid major irreversible impacts on society and ecosystems, we must act now.
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Publication Energy and environment report 2008
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File Sustainable cooling helps fight global warming
In Europe, summer heat waves are becoming harder to bear. The demand for air conditioning is on the rise, especially in office buildings. Yet buildings alone represent 40% of the EU's energy consumption, and air conditioning accounts for a significant part of it. In addition, air conditioning produces greenhouse gas emissions, aggravating global warming and putting at risk European climate protection commitments. The solution: reduce the energy requirements of existing air conditioning systems and change the way buildings are designed and used to achieve sustainable summer comfort without active cooling.
Located in Environmental topics Energy Multimedia
File Intelligent shopping: energy efficient appliances
European consumers aren’t fully aware of the advantages to be gained by new and efficient electrical appliances. When buying new appliances, it is essential for the consumer to be able to make a well-informed choice. The industry, pushed by the European Commission, has invested in products able to provide a high performance while reducing the environmental impact.
Located in Environmental topics Energy Multimedia
File Europe leads the fight against climate change
The Earth is rapidly getting warmer, threatening serious and even catastrophic disruption to our societies and to the natural environment on which we depend. Over the course of the 20th century the average temperature increased by around 0.6 C globally, by almost 1 C in Europe and by no less than 5 C in the Arctic. This man-made warming is already having many disruptive effects around the globe. Sea levels are rising as a result of melting glaciers and ice sheets, threatening to flood low-lying communities. Extreme weather conditions; floods, droughts, storms are becoming more severe, more frequent and more costly in some parts of the world. And many endangered species may be pushed to extinction over the coming decades as climate change affects their traditional habitats.
Located in Environmental topics Climate change Multimedia
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