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The voice of Belgian installation technicians is being reinforced thanks to ‘Techlink’

Being an electrician, heating installer or plumber... In the past, these were completely different professions, but due to new technologies, they are increasingly growing closer together. Install Day, the trade fair for professionals from the Belgian installation sector has therefore been set up by driving forces FEDELEC (AIE member) and ICS (HVAC), both professional installation associations, together with the ‘Confederation Building’ association. Defending the interests of more than 3,000 independents, SMEs and large companies in the sector, they bring together the entire installation sector in one day.


ECA South Africa launches new magazine ‘SA Electrical Contractor’ and newsletter ‘Wired’

It’s a great pleasure to read that the South African Electrical Contractors Association ECA SA was inspired by our last Council in Oslo to start their digital magazine and newsletter ‘SA Electrical Contractor’ and ‘Wired’.


Energy Union: Commission takes action to reinforce EU's global leadership in clean vehicles

The Commission proposes new targets for the EU fleet wide average CO2 emissions of new passenger cars and vans to help accelerate the transition to low- and zero emission vehicles. On 8 November last, the Commission took a decisive step forward in implementing the EU's commitments under the Paris Agreement for a binding domestic CO2 reduction of at least 40% till 2030. Both for new cars and vans, the average CO2 emissions will have to be 30% lower in 2030, compared to 2021. At the same time as the international climate conference takes place in Bonn, the Commission is showing that the EU is leading by example.


Renewables set to become cheapest electricity source

Renewables will make up two-thirds of global investments in new power plants by 2040, as rapidly dropping costs for clean energy technologies make them the cheapest source of generation for many countries, according to the International Energy Agency’s (IEA’s) World Energy Outlook released today, 14 November 2017.


Small is beautiful: Don’t burden small businesses and consumers, empower them to boost the energy transition!

PRESS RELEASE - Brussels, 9th of November 2017Together with other trade associations representing key players in Europe’s energy transition, AIE urges policy makers to take a step-wise approach towards the market integration of small-scale renewable and high efficiency cogeneration installations. Download the Declaration of the signatories | Read all about the Smallisbeautiful campaign


European public opinion survey on vocational education and training by Cedefop

In 2016 Cedefop [European Centre for development of Vocational training] launched its first ever opinion survey aimed at investigating EU citizens’ opinions on vocational education and training. AIE supports the fact that VET can play a strategic role in providing the EU with a workforce ready for the challenges lying ahead. Improving and maintaining high-level workforce skills and competences is essential to ensuring that Europe remains competitive and innovative against increasing global competition, fast-changing labour-market needs and demographic challenges.


Coalition Letter: Let's not miss the full potential of a strong EPBD

On Tuesday 6th of June, 15 industry associations amongst which the AIE, addressed an open letter to members of the European Parliament and officials in the EU Member States in which they support the recently proposed recast of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) by the European Commission but equally strongly advocate that an ambitious EU Energy policy will be beneficial to EU Member States and could be a growth and jobs drivers if it is done the right way.


Smart Buildings Decoded: the concept beyond the buzzword

BPIE explored the concept of Smart buildings and came with an answer to the question: ‘What is a smart building?’
The Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE) put the finishing touches  on its  comprehensive work on smart buildings, providing a working definition of a ‘smart building’  and  making  detailed  policy  recommendations  to  encourage  their  growth.  The current negotiations on the Clean Energy for All Europeans package are a final opportunity to shape the European building stock of 2030. This latest intervention comes at a crucial point in support of those pushing for more ambitious policy and a genuinely smart European building stock of the 2030s.


Are EU countries ready for the transition to smart building