Walking the Circle – the 4 guiding pillars for a Circular Economy

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This paper outlines four key areas that QCEA, along with 11 other NGOs, believes that European Union institutions should work on to ensure a comprehensive European circular economy. The EU must focus on efficient material management, the reduction of toxic substances, energy efficiency and economic incentives. Working ambitiously across all these areas. in conjunction with […]

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Consultation Response: Green Paper on a 2030 framework for climate and energy policies

The Directorate General for Energy and Directorate General for Climate Action of the European Commission held a public consultation to gather views on its 2030 framework for climate and energy policies. The consultation gave stakeholders the opportunity to express their views on the type, nature and level of potential EU climate and energy targets for […]

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QCEA submission to EU consultation on fracking

Consultation response on fracking (alternative fossil fuels, or shale gas) in Europe In February 2011, citing needs for jobs, growth and European competitiveness, the European Council called for an examination of the environmental effects of hydrofracking. Hydrofracking is a method of harvesting gas held in impermeable rocks or coal. To release the gas from the […]

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Consultation response: European Investment Bank energy lending

The European Investment Bank asked stakeholders to respond to an issues paper with a number of questions. The EIB website stated they sought “to solicit views and input from a wide array of stakeholders that are involved in the energy sector and can bring valuable expertise to the review of the EIB’s energy sector lending […]

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Consultation response: financing energy efficiency in buildings

Dramatically improved energy efficiency in buildings is both achievable and economically desirable. However, low awareness of the environmental impact of buildings; the sector’s complexity, fragmentation, and lack of genuine champions; lack of know-how and experience in green construction; lack of financial instruments to reward energy efficiency; and life styles that are not focussed on energy […]

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Around Europe 338 – December 2011 / January 2012

Fair Trials International Highlight the Shocking Truth of Pre-Trial Detention; Energy Savings Potential Continues to be Greatly Underutilised; Two Weeks’ Work Experience at QCEA Click here to dowload (PDF – 1.2 Mb) Deutsche Ausgabe – Dezember 2011/Januar 2012 Fair Trials International beschreibt die schockierende Wahrheit über die Untersuchungshaft Klicken Sie hier für die deutschen Auszüge […]

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Briefing paper: energy efficiency and savings

The first briefing paper in the Sustainable Energy Security series. It considers the under-utilisation of Europe’s energy savings potential, and argues that the cheapest, fastest and most reliable way to de-carbonise our society is to invest in energy savings and behavioural change. Energy Efficiency and Savings: the under-utilisation of Europe’s energy savings potential Are we […]

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