Oct 31, 2017

Luxembourg will receive renewable energy from Lithuania

Sophie Chapman
2 min
Lithuania sign agreement to transfer clean energy to Luxembourg
A cooperation agreement has been signed by the Lithuanian government, accepting a deal that requires the country to transfer renewable energy...

A cooperation agreement has been signed by the Lithuanian government, accepting a deal that requires the country to transfer renewable energy to Luxembourg.

The agreement was signed in line with the European Commission’s (EC) Renewable Energy Directive, a policy that encourages the production of renewable energy and source within the EU.

Through the deal, Luxembourg will receive enough power to between 2018 and 2020 to meet it’s 2020 target of using 11% clean energy.

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In 2015, the country was powered using only 5% renewable energy, whilst Lithuania achieved a 25.75% clean energy share in its gross consumption – passing its target by 2.75%.

“It sets a good example for other Member States to take advantage of the cooperation possibilities established under the Renewable Energy Directive,” stated Dominique Ristori, Energy Director-General of the EC.

“Looking into the future, this shows that strengthened cooperation can help Europe tap renewable energy potential in more cost-effective ways, which is particularly important given Europe’s more ambitious renewable energy target of at least 27% for 2030, as proposed in the Clean Energy Package.”

The cooperation regarding the statistical transfer of renewable energy among members is expected to be included in the proposed revision of the Renewable Energy Directive for the post 2020 period.

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May 13, 2021

All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency

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Renewables
Dominic Ellis
2 min
Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only UK regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil

Most schools are still "treading water" on implementing energy efficient technology, according to new analysis of Government data from eLight.

Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil, cutting expenditure by 4.4% and 0.9% respectively. Every other region of England increased its average energy expenditure per pupil, with schools in Inner London doing so by as much as 23.5%.

According to The Carbon Trust, energy bills in UK schools amount to £543 million per year, with 50% of a school’s total electricity cost being lighting. If every school in the UK implemented any type of energy efficient technology, over £100 million could be saved each year.

Harvey Sinclair, CEO of eEnergy, eLight’s parent company, said the figures demonstrate an uncomfortable truth for the education sector – namely that most schools are still treading water on the implementation of energy efficient technology. Energy efficiency could make a huge difference to meeting net zero ambitions, but most schools are still lagging behind.

“The solutions exist, but they are not being deployed fast enough," he said. "For example, we’ve made great progress in upgrading schools to energy-efficient LED lighting, but with 80% of schools yet to make the switch, there’s an enormous opportunity to make a collective reduction in carbon footprint and save a lot of money on energy bills. Our model means the entire project is financed, doesn’t require any upfront expenditure, and repayments are more than covered by the energy savings made."

He said while it has worked with over 300 schools, most are still far too slow to commit. "We are urging them to act with greater urgency because climate change won’t wait, and the need for action gets more pressing every year. The education sector has an important part to play in that and pupils around the country expect their schools to do so – there is still a huge job to be done."

North Yorkshire County Council is benefiting from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which has so far awarded nearly £1bn for energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation projects around the country, and Craven schools has reportedly made a successful £2m bid (click here).

The Department for Education has issued 13 tips for reducing energy and water use in schools.

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