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MR-146/ Better Energy Performance of Buildings in the European Union

Summary
This report provides an overview of the Energy Performance of Buildings directive and their implications for US companies.  Improving the energy efficiency of buildings is seen as a way to reduce EU energy consumption and to lower CO2 emissions.
The Energy Performance of Buildings Directive covers energy needs for the heating of premises, the production of hot water, cooling, ventilation and lighting for new and existing buildings, whether they are residential or not. It sets minimum standards for the energy use of buildings in every Member State and introduces a certificate as a way to inform buyers or tenants of the energy performance of buildings.

MR-148/ Green Public Procurement

Summary
The EU actively supports and promotes Green Public Procurement (GPP) in the context of its policy on sustainable consumption and production, and public purchasers at all levels in the EU are increasingly aware of the need to meet specific environment policy goals and targets for greenhouse gas emissions, energy and waste reductions. EU Public Procurement Directives allow public contracting authorities to include environmental considerations into their procurement procedures for public works, services and supplies contracts..

MR-181/ Renewable Energy in the European Union

Summary:
The European Union has been focusing on the use of renewable energies for two main reasons; on the one hand it intends to ensure that carbon emission is reduced to pre-1990 levels and on the other hand it aims to diversify its energy resources and thus cut down on its dependence on fossil fuels.  February 2015 saw the introduction of the Energy Union initiative (A Framework Strategy for a Resilient Energy Union with a Forward-Looking Climate Change Policy), which serves as a wider policy initiative guiding longer-term strategies and is supported by a number of Directives. EU climate and energy policies drive demand for innovative renewable energy technologies, products, and services that will help Members States achieve their ambitious climate change and energy objectives. This report explains how EU policies may affect U.S. exporters and their ability to enter the EU market.


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