Energy efficiency: where small actions generate big changes

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Making an effort on energy efficiency is one of the most important commitments of our society and every country must be involved to obtain a cleaner planet.
05 March 2019 - ERNACT  project
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Nerea Martínez de Antoñana 

The 5th March is the World Energy Efficiency Day celebrated since 1998. This idea came up in the First Energy Efficiency International Meeting in Austria. The main purpose of this date is to make the community think about the importance of making an effort to reduce the energy consumption. There are two main alternatives to reach this objective: using this energy in a more efficiently way or reducing the total use of energy in a particular service. 

Currently, we are living in the more technological time of the history, which is pointed by the amount of electricity that we use. For this reason, the society is trying to make every little action of the day more ecological, but we still have a lot of work ahead and it’s important to claim this day to continue raising awareness. Moreover, it is commonly associated the expression “Energy efficiency” with a resignation of the quality of life. However, it’s just the opposite. This practice wants to reduce the energy consumption, seeking that quality is not lost in all the process. 

The future of energy efficiency is uncertain but in the recent years more and more consumers are being aware of the need to change their habits. On the other hand, there are appearing plenty of companies focused on creating projects to implement technological solutions. This is the case of ERNACT which is working in four initiatives based in this topic: CLEAN, EMERGREEN, SECURE and ARCTIC CLUSTER.
  • To make any real change is important to improve the policy instruments and that is what CLEAN project is doing to increase energy efficiency targets in public buildings for 9 Europe regions. The principal point of this challenge is to improve the capacity of the policy instruments to increase energy efficiency in housing and public infrastructure by 4% between 2017 and 2020. 
  • Each of us has its own role in consumption habits and good practices that allow achieving the most rational consumption of energy. The implementation of technological solutions to optimize our consumption to be more efficient, but we don’t have to forget the importance of recycling, the use of less polluting processes or smart consumption. EMERGREEN project is related to this through the digital technologies and user participative development model services for greener and sustainable communities. The approach is based on letting the community be the key participant to deliver more effective public services that respond to the demands. 
  • Even though great progress is being made, this topic still does not manage to be completely imposed because there are territories with few possibilities of carrying it out. For this reason, SECURE project (inside Arctic Cluster programme) is transferring and implementing innovative energy solutions for housing and public infrastructure across NPA regions. The common territorial challenges are the high cost and lack of competition in supplying power because of the low density, cold climate, income spent on fuel and the need to use the renewable resources. 
  • Nowadays, buildings are trying to change their behaviours to protect the environment. Arctic Cluster is an interregional project that involves three programmes (SECURE, EEBAK and GrAB) and 15 partners regions from Europe, Canada and Russian Federation. The aim of the project is to use transnational cooperation in order to implement the energy solutions. The three involved projects will optimise networking, co-ordination, monitoring, exchange of information and the dissemination of the results. When the project finishes, after 12 months, the final result will be the creation of a new proposal to continue working to achieve a low carbon economy.

In conclusion, the reduction of energy will lead to optimize the resources we have at our disposal, achieving a more durable production. We are at a crucial moment to decide what is the way forward in the policies of sustainability and respect for the environment and the World Energy Efficiency Day is the perfect reminder to think about it.

Click here to email  Ianire Renobales at ERNACT for further information

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