[48] Efficiency goes agile

This story highlighted how energy efficiency can or should be used as a planning tool in the licensing of new power stations. The more that cost-effective energy-saving measures can be realized, the less need there is for additional electricity production.

But average energy demand is only one consideration; required power capacity is another. Therefore, the International Energy Agency (IEA) recently advocated for an accurate prediction of the Demand Response (DR) potential that can shift energy use to moments of surplus. Just like with energy efficiency, DR is increasingly being taken into account in grid and power plant capacity planning.

[18] Seven years of smart working

Can we be productive while roaming between co-working spaces, coffee shops, downscaled offices with hot desks and teleworking from home? Multiple shared office spaces at different locations could certainly reduce commuting times and energy consumption of employees.

Smart working hubs are a great example of how ‘Bricks, Bytes, and Behaviour Change’ collaborate towards more engaged, innovative and productive workers. Policy makers seem to have picked up on this trend: witness the synergies between – amongst others – the Energy Union and the Digital Single Market agenda.

[7] The sustainability of urban versus rural communities

Well over two thirds of citizens in Western Europe live in cities. In some countries, it’s even over 90%. Considering the compactness of dwellings, the availability of public transport, shorter travelling distances and the efficient use of land, there is a lot to say for urban sustainability.

Both urban and rural communities have their own, very different sustainability challenges.