Energy-efficient buildings will save money and improve people’s quality of life in Europe

Buildings are responsible for 40% of energy consumption in Europe and therefore making them efficient is crucial, both to save money and to achieve the EU 2030 energy and climate goals. Today the European Parliament adopted the final deal with the EU Council for a new directive on the Energy Performance of Buildings.
 

Revised EPBD: crucial step for energy efficiency and opportunity to enhance quality, performance and safety in building renovations

Kamall: Macron's proposals risk a return to a 1950s agenda

Emmanuel Macron's reform proposals risk returning the European Union to an outdated agenda of political integration, European Conservatives and Reformists group Co-chairman Syed Kamall warned today. 

Responding to the French President's address to the European Parliament, Mr Kamall said that while agreeing on the need to shake up the EU, the ECR Group could not support future plans for a bigger budget, harmonised corporate taxes, a unified social policy, a common asylum policy or a European minister of finance. 

Industry maturity and competition for green assets bring €51.2bn of wind energy investments in 2017

BRUSSELS, 17 APRIL 2018 – Europe invested a total of €51.2bn in wind energy in 2017.  The development of new farms accounted for €22.3bn of this. This is according to WindEurope’s ‘Financing

S&Ds lead the transition to a Circular Economy, towards zero-waste

Today the plenary of the European Parliament will debate on the deal reached by the EU Council and the parliament’s negotiator, S&D MEP Simona Bonafè on waste management. The final vote on the four new legislative proposals will take place on Wednesday.
 
This legislative package is the result of the strong commitment of the Group of the Socialists and Democrats to achieve a sustainable economic and social model, despite the initial short-sightedness of the European Commission, most member states, and also other political groups in the European Parliament.

Philippines: The EU must react to EU Socialist official’s arrest and deportation

Following the arrest and deportation by the Philippines’ authorities of Italian citizen Giacomo Filibeck, PES Deputy Secretary General, who had been invited to attend the congress of the opposition party 'Akbayan', Enrique Guerrero Salom MEP, president of the Global Progressive Forum (GPF) stated:
 
“The GPF strongly condemns the deportation of PES Deputy Secretary General Giacomo Filibeck and calls on the Italians and the EU to summon the Filipino ambassadors.
 

Empowering businesses to engage with sustainable finance and the SDGs

Converging, interconnected issues, including the changing finance landscape, have brought sustainable finance and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to the fore as a unifying global agenda for countries, companies, investors and civil society to pursue (see ACCA report Sustainable Development Goals: redefining Context,  Risk, and Opportunities) .

Strong CBE pass rates in ACCA’s first exam session for 2018

ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) today announces the pass rates for the March 2018 exam sitting.

Results were generally strong in the latest exam sitting which saw 100,487 students around the world enter. A total of 127,267 exams were taken and 3,430 students completed their final exams to become ACCA affiliates.

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