Europe

Research report

2 Oct 2018

An abundance of scientific studies points to evidence that indoor environmental quality (IEQ) has a direct effect on health, comfort, wellbeing and productivity. Considering that people spend a large amount of their time indoors, it is crucial that building legislation ensures sufficient levels of IEQ...

Fact sheet

1 Oct 2018

The latest version of the EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) aims to achieve a highly energy efficient and decarbonised building stock by 2050, and compels Member States to develop respective roadmaps, guidelines and measurable, targeted actions.

In order to garner the views...

Blog post

24 Sep 2018

Cities in the Urban Transitions Alliance are moving away from their industrial energy-intensive heritage and setting ambitious energy efficiency targets. A broad range of projects and programs have spearheaded sustainability efforts, reduced energy-related carbon emissions and led to utility cost savings for residents at the...

Research report

18 Sep 2018

Greening our buildings is at the heart of our ght against climate change. Greener, more energy efficient buildings can also help to reduce the exposure to risk for property owners and the banks that nance them. Energy efficient mortgages can therefore be a powerful tool...

Research report

A white paper of the MIT Ad Hoc Task Force on Open Access to MIT’s research
7 Sep 2018

This MIT white paper, examines efforts in the United States and in Europe to make research and scholarship openly and freely available, provides a backdrop to the ongoing work of the taskforce - identifying new, updated, or revised open access policies and practices.

Research report

Individual actors, collective initiatives and their impact on global greenhouse gas emissions
5 Sep 2018

Since the Paris Climate Agreement solidified an “all hands on deck” approach to climate change, cities, regions and businesses have become key contributors to mitigation, adaptation and finance efforts. These actors are pledging a range of actions, from directly reducing their own greenhouse gas emissions...

Video

16 Aug 2018

Video from the 2018 National Homelessness Conference, presenting the theme ‘Ending homelessness together’.

Research report

Individual building renovation roadmaps
1 Jul 2018

The logbook data quest sets up indicators and other requirements for a renovation passport.

The iBRoad project works on developing an Individual Building Renovation Roadmap for single-family houses. This tool provides a customised renovation plan over a long-term period of time (10-20 years)....

Case study

1 Jul 2018

From 2016 to 2018, the EmBuild project supported municipalities to develop local renovation strategies, focused on tackling their public buildings. The ultimate aim was to address the challenges of reducing energy and CO2 emissions, by driving the development and adoption of ambitious plans.

This...

Journal article

13 Jun 2018

As climate policy needs to address all feasible ways to reduce carbon emissions, there is an increasing focus on demand-side solutions. Studies of household carbon footprints have allocated emissions during production to the consumption of the produced goods, and provided an understanding of what products...

Journal article

18 May 2018

The sustainability challenge requires experimentation with innovations, followed by an upscaling process towards a broader regime change in the long term. In Europe we observe various regional hotspots for sustainability experimentation which suggests that there are favorable spatial contexts. Little is known about why different...

Journal article

6 May 2018

This article analyses the implementation of emissions trading systems (ETSs) in eight jurisdictions: the EU, Switzerland, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) and California in the US, Québec in Canada, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea and pilot schemes in China. The article clarifies what...

Transcript

25 Apr 2018

This speech by Productivity Commission Chairman Peter Harris to the European Australian Business Council discusses the importance of Europe to Australia's international trade.

Research report

Report of THE OMC (Open Method of Coordination) working group of Member States’ experts
18 Apr 2018

This handbook focuses on providing step-by-step advice on how to create the necessary preconditions for the participatory governance of cultural heritage, support the process and ensure its sustainability.

Research report

Report of the OMC (Open Method of Coordination) working group of Member States’ experts - Study
22 Mar 2018

The innovative power of the cultural and creative sectors is essential for the further development of European economies and societies.

Systematic review

20 Mar 2018

Demand-side management (DSM) policy refers to government policies for managing energy consumption in order to meet environmental and energy security objectives. The broader term of demand-side management encompasses energy efficiency, demand response and on-site generation and storage. A comprehensive meta-evaluation of the global evidence base...

Research report

26 Feb 2018

By bringing together senior-level policymakers, experts and political decision-makers from the counterterrorism arena in Europe and Australia, this dialogue, already in its third iteration, created a space for thought-provoking, stimulating exchanges of ideas and expertise that form the basis for innovative approaches and new initiatives....

Research report

5 Feb 2018

Liberal democracies in proximity to China in the Asia-Pacific region serve as good examples of what may await Europe if China further intensifies its efforts, with Australia being a particularly helpful bellwether.

Literature review

31 Jan 2018

Abstract: Nowadays, restoration interventions that aim for minimum environmental impact are conceived for recent buildings. Greenhouse gas emissions are reduced using criteria met within a life-cycle analysis, while energy saving is achieved with cost-effective retrofitting actions that secure higher benefits in terms of comfort. However,...

Research report

24 Jan 2018

What lessons can be drawn from institutional change in private rental sectors (PRSs) internationally which could enhance the equity, efficiency and effectiveness of the sector in Australia, particularly to improve outcomes for low-income tenants?

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