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"Better Place Israel", which is deploying the world’s first nationwide network for charging electric vehicles. The electricity needed will be generated by renewable energy from solar arrays and wind farms. Denmark and Israel have enacted policies, which create a tax differential between zero-emission vehicles and traditional cars, to accelerate the transition to electric cars. Better Place plans to deploy the infrastructure on a country-by-country basis with initial deployments beginning in 2010 and commercial sales beginning in 2012.
See the Better Place's website.
"A Sustainable Future for Transport," March 2010
Position paper on the possibilities of the rail transport to contribute to a more energy-efficient and climate friendly transport system. Made by CER - Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies, EIM - the association of European Rail Infrastructure Managers and UNIFE, who represents the interests of the European Rail Industry towards the European institutions, international railway associations and other business relations.
Download (186 kB) http://www.unife.org/uploads/100324_CER-EIM-UNIFE_Joint_Position_Paper_final_%282%29.pdf
Read more at the website of the Passive House Institute, Germany:
The passive house concept is a comprehensive approach to cost-efficient, high quality, healthy and sustainable construction. The energy requirement for heating is lower than 10 to 20 kWh/(m²a) (depending on climate).
Information available in German, English and French:
Passive House Institute
Information on Passive Houses
Worldsteel fact sheets give an overview of the latest developments in the steel industry to save energy consumption and green house gas emissions.
Read more on the World Steel Association's website.
The WBCSD's Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI), represents the collective effort of 18 leading cement companies from around the world.
Read more on the CSI Initiative.
"Energy Savings in Practice - Potential and Delivery of EU Ecodesign Measures," 2010
This study was commissioned by the environmental NGOs SNM and BUND to assess to what extent the current implementation of the Ecodesign directive can be expected to reach this objective.
Expertise: Ökopol, Wuppertal Institute.
Report (1 MB): http://www.coolproducts.eu/resources/documents/EnergySaving-in-Practice.pdf
Summary (160 KB): http://www.coolproducts.eu/resources/documents/EnergySaving-in-Practice-summary.pdf
Read more on the Coolproducts website.
The DESERTEC Concept describes the perspective of a sustainable supply of electricity for Europe (EU), the Middle East (ME) and North Africa (NA) up to the year 2050. It shows that a transition to competitive, secure and compatible supply is possible using renewable energy sources and efficiency gains, and fossil fuels as backup for balancing power. A close cooperation between EU and MENA for market introduction of renewable energy and interconnection of electricity grids by high-voltage direct-current transmission is necessary.
Read more on DESERTEC.
The two reports by the Swedish NGO Naturskyddsföreningen shows that it is possible to reduce the energy consume in Sweden about 50% in 2030 (2008 400 TWh - 2030 210 TWh).
”Halva energin – hela välfärden", (Half the Enegy - all the Wellfare), 2008, developed by the NGO Naturskyddsföreningen and the energy consultancy SWECO. Only available in Swedish: http://www.naturskyddsforeningen.se/upload/Foreningsdokument/Rapporter/externa_rapporter/rapport_sweco_halvaenerginhelavalfarden.pdf
"Energieffektivisering på riktigt", (Serious Energyefficiensy), 2008, only available in Swedish (610 kB): http://www.naturskyddsforeningen.se/upload/Foreningsdokument/Rapporter/rapport_energi_energieffektivisering_ny.pdf