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Keep up to date on this page with all news relating to the SPiCE3 project, its initiatives, events, successes and awards. All our news stories are presented here and are summarised on a regular basis in the SPiCE3 newsletter. All registered users of SPiCE3 will receive the newsletter automatically. Non-registered users must register in order to receive these updates.

German Green Paper on Energy Efficiency: consultation key messages
10 Jul 2017

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Germany has ambitious energy and climate goals. By 2050 at the latest, energy consumption is to be cut by half – and Germany is to be supplied largely with renewable energies. In order to achieve this, further progress is necessary in the years to come. For this purpose, energy needs to be used more effectively and the share of renewables in energy supplies has to increase.

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Energy policy in the Netherlands
04 Jul 2017

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Energy and climate topics are high on the international political agenda. In the Netherlands, two energy covenants - MJA3 (Long Term Agreements) and MEE (running until 2020) - are currently in place. As a result of the 2013 energy agreement, both agreements have been intensified. In particular, MEE companies have been assigned to deliver an additional 9PJ of final energy savings. The industry answered to this challenge by including an addendum to the covenant which details the burden sharing among all participants of the covenant.

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An industry committed to energy efficiency: first results from the SPiCE³ questionnaire
04 Jul 2017

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Since the 17th of May, the SPiCE³ team have been collecting answers to our questionnaire on the perceptions and behaviours related to energy efficiency in the chemical sector. Here are some first results from this process.

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Energy efficiency improvement opportunities for Italian Chemical enterprises
04 Jul 2017

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This article provides and overview of the Italian regulatory framework supporting Energy Efficiency (“EE”) investments and recent changes in the developments within the White Certificates discipline.

Italy, a front runner of White Certificates in Europe

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VNCI shares Best Practice on insulation of process installations
02 May 2017

While energy costs are increasing and legislation on energy use is stricter and stricter, preventing heat losses is becoming increasingly important. The Association of the Dutch Chemical Industry (VNCI) has put together a set of key advices to consider when insulating chemical process installations.

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Green Investment Bank to boost support for low carbon projects as government confirms sale to Macquarie
25 Apr 2017

The UK Green Investment Bank plc (GIB) will look to invest at least £3 billion into the green economy after a deal was agreed to sell it to Macquarie Group Limited (Macquarie).  

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Important growth potential for the chemical sector in the Circular Economy says Accenture
24 Apr 2017

On March 14, Accenture published the report “Taking the European Chemical Industry into the Circular Economy” (the executive summary is available here). This report highlights the key role the chemical industry has to play in the circular economy and the business opportunities that will arise from the implementation of this concept. The concept of circularity “has the potential to boost the competitiveness of entire value chains and foster even more co-operation between business partners in the future” says Marco Mensik, Director General of Cefic, in his preface.

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2017, a decisive year for EU energy regulation
24 Apr 2017

The “Clean Energy for All Europeans” package is a set of new and reformed energy regulations proposed by the European Commission in November. It aims at enabling competitive, secure and clean energy at the EU level, labelled since 2015 as the objectives of the ‘Energy Union’.

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Important growth potential for the chemical sector in the Circular Economy says Accenture report
24 Apr 2017

On March 14, Accenture published the report “Taking the European Chemical Industry into the Circular Economy” (the executive summary is available here). This report highlights the key role the chemical industry has to play in the circular economy and the business opportunities that will arise from the implementation of this concept. The concept of circularity “has the potential to boost the competitiveness of entire value chains and foster even more co-operation between business partners in the future” says Marco Mensik, Director General of Cefic, in his preface.

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Improving Energy Efficiency in SMEs: the Italian example
24 Apr 2017

A recent European Commission study [1] on Best practices in Energy Efficiency revealed that some EU countries are already going beyond the requirements of the Energy Efficiency Directive (2012/27/EU). Among them, Italy has decided to take significant steps to address the question of energy efficiency in SMEs. The energy news website Energy-in-Demand International described the ambitious aspects of the Italian regulation (the full article is available here).

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