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SolarPower Europe and the European Association for Electrical Contractors (AIE) announce new cooperation agreement to power Europe's energy future

SolarPower Europe and the European Association for Electrical Contractors (AIE) are thrilled to announce the beginning of a new cooperation between the two trade associations. This new cooperation will strengthen the links between the solar industry and electrical installers, which will overall enhance both associations and pave the way to a clean and secure energy future for Europe.

AIE co-signed letter on position on PEF revision: The need to update the PEF to 2.0

AIE co-signed on 22nd of February a common position letter on the PEF revision and the need to update the PEF to 2.0. We are a group of companies and associations that are committed to EUs goal of decarbonising the European energy system. We are in this context concerned that the review of the primary energy factor for electricity constitutes a barrier to these objectives. Some of the signatories had also published a joint statement on PEF in 2017.

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.

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 buildings?

EU BUILDINGS NEED TO GET SMART: The European building stock and energy system are at the initial stages of becoming smart: moving from a centralised, fossil fuel-based and highly-energy-consuming system towards one that is more efficient, decentralised, consumer-focused and powered by renewable energy.

Global Energy Trends - World Energy Outlook 2016

The AIE recently attended the presentation of the latest World Energy Outlook, report edited by the International Energy Agency (IEA) on the future trends and perspectives of the energy markets worldwide. Evelyne Schellekens reports on the main conclusions: 1. Energy security is and remains a major concern. | 2. There are new oil market dynamics and thus we are entering a period of greater oil market volatility.

Oil security in the US has become their top priority, with the major goal to make the US independent of oil imports by increasing their own production! The IEA expects that they may reach their target because their domestic oil production is increasing tremendously. ...

Climate Package published: AIE prepares position paper

The European Commission released important pieces of the European energy legislation, gathered in the previously-called Winter Package, now renamed Clean Energy for All Europeans, placing consumers at the heart of the EU’s energy strategy. Commission’s Energy Union Chief Maros Sefcovic had previously said that it will not be possible to achieve the 2030 targets if we overlook the enormous potential of buildings in Europe. The Commission has recognised that building renovation has also great potential to create local jobs ...

AIE Infoflash: Accurate EU reporting versus enablers of falsehood and how to cope with it in future journalism?

AIE attended an interesting debate on Tuesday 18th October organized by the European Ombudsman on Truth, Facts and Social Media and how to cope with it in future journalism. Emily O' Reilly – the European Ombudsman - launched the debate by suspecting that if the most pro EU of us, had spent the six months prior to Brexit reading nothing but the Daily Mail (a mass market tabloid with a highly political anti-EU agenda), many of us might also have voted to leave.

AIE infoflash: A step closer to revising the posting of workers Directive

MEPs adopted Mid-September a report from Guillaume Balas (French Socialist MEP) on the highly controversial subject of social dumping, bringing the EU one step closer to revising the Posting of Workers Directive, despite vigorous opposition in the East. The report also addresses a suitable balance between the demands of work, family commitments and personal life and provoked discussion on minimum income schemes across the EU.

AIE and Solar Power Europe met with Cabinet of Commissioner Malmström

As a follow-up to the joint co-signed letter in July, the AIE and Solar Power Europe met on Tuesday 20 September 2016 with the Cabinet of Commissioner Cecilia Malmström, Commissioner on Trade, to discuss the solar panels and cells trade case.

The AIE, the Solar Industry and its value chain call for the End of Trade Measures on Chinese Solar Panels and Cells

On the 5th of July, the letter was finalized and sent by 34 solar and renewable energy organisations to Commissioner Malmström calling on the European Commission to end punitive trade measures on Chinese solar panels and cells. The AIE and other signatories, representing over 1,3 million European jobs, believe that the measures are having a negative impact on the solar sector in Europe.

6 key considerations on the review of the Primary Energy Factor, co-signed by installers and industry.

AIE sent a joint position paper on the review of the Primary Energy Factor [PEF] in the Framework of the Energy Efficiency Directive together with six other European associations. The signing organizations of this joint statement - being installers and industry - support the European Commission’s initiative to review the PEF value based on a standardized calculation method.

AIE calls for more 'active' energy efficiency for buildings

Focus more on ‘active energy efficiency’ is AIE’s main message in its position on the review of the Energy performance of Buildings Directive. The AIE’s position paper highlights the importance of the life-long building operation phase and the benefits for the end-user o