Critical Factors Changing the Future Global Energy Landscape

Fatih Birol, Chief Economist, International Energy Agency (IEA), delivered a public lecture on Critical Factors Changing the Future Global Energy Landscape at CEU on November 26, 2010.

CEU Energy Research Entering High-Level Policy Discussions

Two recent European policy discussions on energy use featured input from Diana Urge-Vorsatz, Professor in CEU's Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy -- more specifically, with her research on the so-called "lock-in effect". This research is indicating that policy-makers and developers are potentially missing out on substantial long-term efficiency improvements, by focusing solely on low-hanging fruit in their approach to the environmental retro-fitting of buildings.

Employment benefits of large-scale energy-efficient building renovations in Hungary

While significantly reducing Hunga­rian greenhouse gas emissions and addressing other social problems at the same time, up to 130,000 jobs could be created in Hungary by the end of this decade through a large-scale program for energy-efficient building renovations. This has been revealed by a study carried out by the Center for Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Policy (3CSEP) at Central European University (CEU) in Budapest, which was released on June 8, 2010.

Fuel poverty in Hungary: research report released

Fuel poverty is an important issue for Hungary from several perspectives – it is estimated that this problem causes approximately 1500-2500 deaths in Hungary – but the topic was not widely researched in the past. On the initiative of the Center for Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Policy (3CSEP) of Central European University (CEU), and the Hungarian NGO Védegylet (Protect the Future), in cooperation with the Environmental Justice Working Group of Védegylet (Védegylet Környezeti Igazságosság Munkacsoport) some noteworthy research results have now been released.

Energy-efficient retrofit of Hungary's biggest residential building completed

How can the energy efficiency of big panel buildings be improved and what are the economic, financial and social implications of such major retrofits? - These questions are at the core of the EU-funded Staccato research project, to which CEU's Center for Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Policy (3CSEP) is contributing alongside several partner institutions from different European countries.

3CSEP at Copenhagen summit

Amidst political decision-makers and leading scientist from around the world, 3CSEP director Diana Ürge-Vorsatz and two junior researchers are present at the COP15 climate summit in Copenhagen. On December 11, 2009, Prof. Ürge-Vorsatz contributed to "Construction Counts for Climate", a COP15 side event on low carbon policies for buildings and construction - a sector offering huge potential for carbon mitigation, given that almost 40 percent of all energy is consumed in buildings.

Energy poverty in Hungary and Bolivia

On November 27, 2009, 3CSEP researcher Sergio Tirado Herrero took part along with Marco A. Gandarillas Gonzáles, Executive Director of the Center of Documentation and Information Bolivia, in an open talk about energy poverty in Hungary and Bolivia. The discussion followed the viewing of a short film about the life of Bolivian rural communities located in the proximities of oil and gas wells. It revolved around the differences in the meaning of energy poverty in both countries and the role of energy suppliers and governmental institutions.

Second volume of Energy Efficiency special issue published

In early November 2009, the second volume of "Energy Efficiency: How Far Does It Get Us In Controlling Climate Change?", the Energy Efficiency journal's Special Issue edited by 3CSEP director Diana Ürge-Vorsatz together with Bert Metz, has come out of press. The first part of this double-volume issue was already published in May 2009.

What's Coming for Buildings in the EU?

The European Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) and its recast was the topic of a public lecture by Dr. Gergana Miladinova of the European Commission on "What's Coming for Buildings in the EU?" on June 18, 2009. The lecture was hosted by the Center for Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Policy.

Challenge Europe climate advocates present Climate Office

On April 29, 2009, the Center for Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Policy hosted an exciting presentation by the Hungarian "Challenge Europe" team, a group of young climate advocates.

In the framework of the "Low Carbon Futures - Challenge Europe" program, groups of young influencers aged 18-35, many of them students, are working in several European countries as climate advocates. They are sponsored by the British Council to come up with at least 3 new projects per country and year to address the most urgent global challenge we face today: climate change.