Category: Tecnologie

Il sole per il Centro Cash di Olbia. SMARTEFFICIENCY per FOTOVOLTAICO. Il punto vendita è stato inaugurato nel giugno 2022 e si rivolge alla clientela professionale, alberghi e ristoranti.

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Illuminazione automotive. SMARTEFFICIENCY per ILLUMINAZIONE. Dal 1954, Imasaf crea eccellenza nel mercato del ricambio automobilistico. Anni di storia, crescita, conquiste, evoluzioni, investimenti con impiego di materiali ed attrezzature tecnologiche d’avanguardia.
Una realtà vera ai vertici del mercato nazionale ed internazionale per qualità ed innovazione.

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La Tradizione illuminata. SMARTEFFICIENCY per ILLUMINAZIONE. Deco Industrie, proprietaria di Scala, il marchio del settore iscritto nel Registro Speciale dei Marchi Storici di Interesse Nazionale secondo il Ministero dello Sviluppo Economico, si è avvalsa della consulenza di SmartEfficiency per la riqualificazione illuminotecnica dei propri stabilimenti di Bagnacavallo (RA), Forlì (BO) e Zerbinate di Bondeno (FE). (altro…)

Il sole per il Centro Cash di Oristano. SMARTEFFICIENCY per FOTOVOLTAICO. Il Centro Cash di Oristano si trova accanto alla sede da cui iniziò l’attività della Famiglia Ibba, lo storico Mangimificio. Centro Cash è l’insegna del gruppo ABBI dedicata al mondo del Cash&Carry, attiva dal 2005 in Sardegna. (altro…)

Luce accurata per precisione Piusi. SMARTEFFICIENCY per ILLUMINAZIONE. SmartEfficiency ha gestito la riqualificazione dell’impianto di illuminazione dello stabilimento, personalizzando gli apparecchi secondo le diverse esigenze produttive dei vari reparti. L’iniziativa ha generato un ritorno dell’investimento in poco più di un anno. (altro…)

Fotovoltaico: se non ora, quando? SmartEfficiency da anni progetta ed installa con i propri fornitori impianti fotovoltaici di alta qualità che generano profitto per molte aziende che hanno creduto nella nostra proposta di energia solare ed hanno ridotto drasticamente i costi dell’energia nel ciclo produttivo.

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Lampade al mercurio pericolose: i vapori di mercurio “vanno in pensione”. Dopo aver illuminato il lavoro di milioni di lavoratori nei capannoni industriali e di logistica, sono state definitivamente classificate come pericolose a causa della tossicità del mercurio. Sono state già messe in realtà fuori mercato, soppiantate dalle lampade a LED che, a parità di lux erogati, consumano il 70% di energia in meno e non hanno i tempi di attesa di riscaldamento per arrivare a piena luce e durano 10 volte di più, eliminando anche i costi di manutenzione, spesso ad altezze considerevoli.

SmartEfficiency.eu propone soluzioni personalizzate con progetto illuminotecnico per la sostituzione efficiente, di qualità ed economica. Le lampade al mercurio sono classificate dalla Direttiva ROHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances)

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Mercury Lights out in the EU

The EEB and CLASP applaud the European Commission for adopting proposals that will phase-out all general purpose compact and linear fluorescent lamps (CFL and LFL) containing mercury in the coming two years.

Currently, the EU regulates mercury in light bulbs through the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive, by allowing mercury use in lighting via an exemption list. CFLs and LFLs have been tolerated so far because of the once limited availability of mercury-free alternatives.

For years the EEB, CLASP, Member States and experts have tirelessly campaigned to end mercury lamps as there are more efficient, mercury free Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) widely available on European markets, making fluorescent lamps redundant. Already by end 2019, a study by CLASP and the Swedish Energy Council proved that “91-93% of fluorescent light fixtures in Europe can accept LED retrofits”.

Mercury is a well-documented neurotoxin that causes adverse effects to the developing brain, cardiovascular system, kidneys and thyroid glands. The World Health Organisation puts mercury in the top ten most problematic chemicals for public health.

The European Commission could have by law removed inefficient and toxic fluorescent lamps from sale as far back as 2018, when its own experts confirmed the legal criteria for a market ban under RoHS were fulfilled. Their availability until the end 2023 will still cost bill-payers an estimated over €16.8 million per day in lost efficiency savings for the next 2 years, according to recent NGO estimates.

Michael Scholand, Senior Advisor with CLASP Europe said: “While the Commission’s decision has been delayed several years, the savings from this measure are still significant and will benefit EU citizens and businesses. Between 2023 and 2035, we calculate a net savings to the EU of €18.2 billion Euros, as well as avoiding 1.8 metric tonnes of mercury from the fluorescent lamps. Furthermore, over 190 TWh of electricity will be saved, avoiding 55 million metric tonnes of CO2 andcontributing to the EU’s COP26 CO2 reduction targets.”

Elena Lymberidi-Settimo, Policy Manager at the EEB for ‘Zero Mercury’ Campaign said: “The European Parliament must now follow through this big step forward and allow rapid final adoption of a ban on these mercury inefficient lamps. At the same time, the EU should follow its commitments set out in the European Green Deal, Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability and Zero Pollution Action Plan and support the African region’s proposal at the next session of the Minamata Convention’s Conference of the Parties in March 2022, to prohibit the manufacture and export of most fluorescent lights by 2025.”

To the regret of NGOs, progress towards phasing out other mercury added lamps, such as high-pressure sodium (orange streetlights) and metal halide lamps, has not yet been made. The amendments to the RoHS Directive will still allow these mercury-containing lamps to remain on the market for the next 3-5 years at a minimum.

– Adopted delegated acts – https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/regdel/#/delegatedActs
– Electrical equipment – Revoking exemptions for mercury in single capped (compact) fluorescent lamps for general purposes – Environment – Delegated Directive
– Electrical equipment (hazardous substances) – revoking exemptions for mercury in double-capped linear fluorescent lamps – Environment – Delegated Directive

Delegated acts are now under scrutiny under the European Parliament for two months.
The original exemption for certain fluorescent lamps was granted in?September 2010?up to July 2016, allowing the lighting industry ample time to adapt its processes.
When a review process was launched in 2015, evidence presented by?the Commission’s own consultants (Öko Institut), as well as?the EEB, showed the ready availability of low-energy mercury-free LED alternatives and provided the justification for an early phase-out of the larger categories of mercury-containing fluorescent lamps.
The Commission ignored this evidence and wasted more than two years commissioning a socioeconomic analysis based on data that was already well out of date when it was eventually published in 2019 and was, therefore, completely misleading, indicating that the phase-out would have a net cost of €250 billion.
It took a further year and further evidence submitted by the EEB and others for the Commission to correct its mistake and issue in July 2020 a revised analysis showing that a 2021 phase-out would actually bring a net benefit of €29.9 billion.

More in the annex of our last letter to the Commission
– 16 November 2021 – https://eeb.org/library/eeb-contribution-to-the-public-consultation-amending-eu-regulation-649-2012/
– Podcast- 14 September 2021 – https://www.thelightreviewonline.com/the-real-dangers-of-greenwash/
– PR 27 July 2021- https://eeb.org/european-environmental-bureau-challenge-signifys-contradictory-claims/
– 26 July 2021 – https://eeb.org/library/environmental-ngos-feedback-on-draft-delegated-directive-for-rohs-exemption-categories-4b-4bi-iii-high-pressure-sodium-lamps-with-a-high-colour-rendering-index-80-for-general-lighting-purposes/
– 21 July 2021 – https://eeb.org/library/environmental-ngos-feedback-on-draft-delegated-directive-for-rohs-exemption-categories-1a-1e-single-capped-compact-fluorescent-lamps-for-general-lighting-purposes/
– 16 July 2021 – https://eeb.org/library/environmental-ngos-feedback-on-draft-delegated-directive-for-rohs-exemption-categories-2a1-5-double-capped-linear-fluorescent-lamps/
– https://eeb.org/library/environmental-ngos-feedback-on-draft-delegated-directive-for-rohs-exemption-category-1g/
– 12 July 2021 – https://eeb.org/library/environmental-ngos-feedback-on-draft-delegated-directives-for-rohs-exemption-categories-2b3-3-4c-4e-as-well-as-uv-light-related-1fi-2b4ii-4a-4fiv/
– PR 9 July 2021- https://eeb.org/higher-bills-for-millions-as-eu-lets-lighting-firms-milk-old-technology/
– PR 4 May 2021- https://eeb.org/africa-lights-a-path-for-europe-to-ban-toxic-mercury-in-fluorescent-bulbs/
– Feb 2021- https://eeb.org/library/why-hasnt-the-european-commission-banned-wasteful-lamps/
– Feb 2020 – https://eeb.org/library/mercury-containing-lamp-exemptions-to-rohs-directive/
– Jan 2020 – https://eeb.org/library/making-the-case-for-a-ban-on-mercury-lamps/

CLASP Europe is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation established in 1999 that focuses on appliance & equipment energy performance and quality. CLASP works to mitigate and adapt to climate change and expand access to clean energy.
Working in Europe since 2009, CLASP supports the European Commission and Member States in establishing ambitious ecodesign and energy labelling regulations.
CLASP has conducted pioneering work on quantifying the CO2 savings potential of applying circular economy principles to ecodesign and have been involved in various projects related to market surveillance and market verification and enforcement in Europe.

The European Environmental Bureau (EEB) is Europe’s largest network of environmental citizens’ organisations, standing for environmental justice, sustainable development and participatory democracy. Our experts work on climate change, biodiversity, circular economy, air, water, soil, chemical pollution, as well as policies on industry, energy, agriculture, product design and waste prevention.
We are also active on overarching issues as sustainable development, good governance, participatory democracy and the rule of law in Europe and beyond. We have over 160 members in over 35 countries.

ph. © Enrico Rainero

www.eeb.org

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Non-replaceable batteries are bad news for the environment and consumers, new research finds. In the growing market for rechargeable electronics, a growing number of devices contain non-replaceable or non-repairable lithium ion batteries.
Smartphones, laptops, headphones and e-bikes are amongst the products affected by early failure due to poor battery design. Close to 100% of tablet and smartphone batteries are glued in place.

At a time where Europe claims to be a leader on climate and sustainability, most rechargeable batteries in consumer electronics and e-bikes or scooters are either non-replaceable or non-repairable, resulting in shorter product lifetimes, increased electronic waste, loss of rare materials, and unnecessary expenditure for consumers.
These are some of the findings of a report released today by the European Environmental Bureau, the Right to Repair campaign and researchers at the University of Lund.

Rechargeable lithium ion batteries can be found in most of today’s devices, from smartphones, laptops and tablets to electric bikes and scooters, and estimates show that the demand will continue to grow in the next decade: up to 60% for batteries in consumer electronics and 15% for electric bikes and scooters by 2030.

Battery failure is one of the most common problems for many consumer electronics and often the first component to fail in e-bikes and scooters. 42% of smartphones and 27% of laptops repairs are related to battery replacement.
Yet, between inaccessible design, the use of adhesives, software locks, lack of replacement parts, tools and repair information, many batteries are destined never to be replaced, repaired or recycled.

Chloé Mikolajczak, campaigner at the Right to Repair, said: “This is extremely worrying as the average battery life for these products is around 3 years and the majority of repairers we talked to said that the risk of damaging a device while removing the battery has increased. This suggests that a significant number of devices are being prematurely discarded due to battery failure.”

Meanwhile, ensuring that all new phones and tablets sold in the EU in 2030 have easily removable and replaceable batteries could cut the annual emissions of these devices by 30% compared to business as usual, reduce the loss of critical raw materials like cobalt and indium, and save European consumers €19.8 billion.
On top of the report, a coalition of electronic and battery repairers, the recycling industry and environmental NGOs representing at least 500 organisations published a joint statement today calling on the European Commission to take action for more removable, replaceable and repairable batteries in the forthcoming battery regulation.

Jean-Pierre Schweitzer, Policy Officer for product policy at the EEB, said: “While there are many companies working to replace, repair and recycle batteries from electronics like smartphones and e-bikes, poor product design and software are making this increasingly challenging or impossible. Manufacturers are wasting precious resources and forcing consumers to replace devices before they need to. The European Council and Parliament now negotiating the European Batteries Regulation have the power to address all of these issues.”

The European Commission proposed a “Battery regulation” that aims to tackle the whole lifecycle of batteries from the supply chain to disposal, and is currently in the hands of the European Parliament and Council.
The proposal addresses the removability of batteries but overlooks key issues such as light electric vehicles, spare part availability, and software which prevents battery repair.

The Right to Repair European campaign is a coalition of more than 80 organisations from 18 European countries fighting for longer-lasting and more repairable products.

The European Environmental Bureau (EEB) is Europe’s largest network of environmental citizens’ organisations, standing for environmental justice, sustainable development and participatory democracy. Our experts work on climate change, biodiversity, circular economy, air, water, soil, chemical pollution, as well as policies on industry, energy, agriculture, product design and waste prevention. We are also active on overarching issues as sustainable development, good governance, participatory democracy and the rule of law in Europe and beyond.
We have over 160 members in over 35 countries.

www.eeb.org

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EU proposal

Conversion of Hard-to-Recycle Plastic. The Alliance to End Plastic Waste, a Global non-profit Organisation, and the Center for Regenerative Design and Collaboration (CRDC Global) announced a partnership to scale up a solution to convert hard-to-recycle plastic waste into a concrete additive for building and construction applications.

Through the collaboration, CRDC will expand its footprint in North America with the development of a 14,000 square foot production plant in York, Pennsylvania.
The company will also scale up its existing production plant in Costa Rica, from small-scale commercial production to a full-scale commercial capacity of 90 tons per day when fully operational by mid-2022.

Combined, the two facilities will be able to process up to 24,000 metric tons of plastic waste per year. They will accept all types of mixed plastic waste that would otherwise be sent to landfill or be incinerated—to produce concrete additive, RESIN8. It is suitable for numerous applications including concrete blocks and pavers, pre-cast concrete and poured-in-place concrete. The resultant material is up to 15% lighter or stronger depending on its usage, with up to 20% better insulation properties than traditional concrete. It has already been used by Habitat for Humanity to build housing in Latin America.

“CRDC Global is proud to partner with the Alliance to End Plastic Waste to put circularity to work by scaling up the production of RESIN8, a product that has a positive impact on both the plastics and the construction industries,” said Donald Thomson, Chairman & Founder of CRDC Global. “RESIN8 was designed by and for the construction industry as a functional step towards net-zero. We spent years on research and development to ensure we have a process that can be rapidly scaled to help resolve the waste plastic dilemma.”

“The Alliance is on a mission to end plastic waste in the environment—which means finding viable solutions to advance a circular economy and ensuring their ability to scale for impact. Together with CRDC, we can help drive environmental, economic and social value for hard-to-recycle plastics,” said Jacob Duer, President and CEO of the Alliance. “We’re excited to deliver this solution to the North and Central American markets, with the aim of bringing this to a global audience.”

“We are glad to see innovative solutions like RESIN8 move forward to help improve reuse of plastic waste,” said Marc Forman, President of Georgia-Pacific Recycling, a partner of CRDC. “At Georgia- Pacific, we actively engage in continuous improvement and exploration of innovative solutions that benefit society as part of our business strategy and success measures. In this respect, we welcome the opportunity to work with this unique effort to produce building materials from mixed, hard-to-recycle plastic waste, and we’re looking forward to helping CRDC scale this initiative in the U.S.”

About the Alliance to End Plastic Waste
The Alliance to End Plastic Waste is an international non-profit organisation partnering with government, environmental and economic development NGOs and communities around the world to address the challenge to end plastic waste in the environment. Through programmes and partnerships, the Alliance focuses on solutions in four strategic areas: infrastructure, innovation, education and engagement, and clean up. As of January 2021, the Alliance has more than 50 member companies and supporters representing global companies and organisations across the plastic value chain.

www.endplasticwaste.org

www.crdc.global

Out of gas: renewable heating affordable for all in EU. The answer to soaring gas prices lies in renewable heating, a technology that is ready to replace gas boilers but only affordable in 8 EU countries. To enable consumers to overcome the upfront cost for switching to clean heating, EU governments will need to increase subsidies by €70 billion, a new Coolproducts study reveals.

The switch from gas boilers to renewable heating solutions is still out of reach for many European households.
Households willing to install renewable-sourced heating face a common problem. In general, the upfront cost of installing a heat pump is much higher than a gas boiler, but heat pumps are three times more energy efficient. After some years, the upfront cost of a new heat pump can be offset by savings on energy bills – but significant investment is needed at first.

To measure the affordability of switching to heat pumps and solar thermal, we must look at the period needed to cover their upfront cost through the savings on energy bills, which is known as the “payback time”.

With the existing incentives and prices, an average middle-income family of four members will only find a reasonable payback time (8 years or less) when switching from a fossil fuel boiler to a heat pump in Italy, Portugal, Spain, Finland, Cyprus, Malta, Austria and France.

Simply put, 19 out of 27 EU countries either don’t allocate enough subsidies for families to overcome the upfront price of renewable heating solutions or have disproportionate tax regimes on electricity. A lack of public support is hampering the uptake of heat pumps and solar thermal in Europe.

However, solving this problem would be more feasible than ever for EU governments
To make heat pumps affordable for everyone, member states must increase subsidies by at least €70 billion, an extra mile that could be reduced to €20 billion if a CO2 tax of 100 €/ton was introduced (either with the proposed dedicated ETS scheme or alternatively through the Energy Taxation Directive). Such are the estimations of the latest study carried out by the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) on behalf of the Coolproducts campaign.

– Read here the factsheet report for each EU country and the UK
– Here is the full report if you want to have a deeper reading

Green heat for all
Only about 17.3% of the heating appliances installed in European homes are powered by electricity or use clean technologies.
Time is running out to push gas out of a sector that is responsible for 12% of the EU’s total CO2 emissions, equivalent to the emissions of all the cars in the EU, and 28% of the EU’s annual energy consumption.
The non-emitting technologies, able to replace gas, oil and coal boilers, have been there for years and manufacturers have manifested on several times to be ready for the switch.

The only missing piece in this transition towards clean heating is political will. Firstly, we must ban the sale of gas boilers by 2025, which is imperative for achieving climate neutrality by 2050, as the International Energy Agency (IEA) recommended. Secondly, we need to make the switch to renewable heating affordable for all, which would require an extra effort of €70 billion in subsidies.
Fortunately, the combined effect of the national allocation of recovery and resilience plans together with revenues from carbon pricing could allow governments to cover a great part of the extra effort needed to finance the upfront cost of heat pumps.

Still, our analysis also shows that 20 out of 27 EU governments pay millions of euros in subsidies to have new gas boilers installed in our homes, despite evidence that this is slowing down the uptake of renewable heat and undermining Europe’s 2030 climate goals.
Heat pumps with low-GWP refrigerants and solar-thermal technologies have proven to be a very effective, already available solution to slash emissions, but also to protect citizens from our dependency on gas and its volatile prices. These electricity-powered devices can play a major role in reducing energy poverty as solar and wind power are now cheaper than fossil fuels and do not suffer from market-related problems.

While our analysis focuses on average-income households, additional social measures will have to be taken in order to eliminate barriers to clean heat for low-income households. The proposed Social Climate Fund of the Fit For 55, carbon pricing revenues and further energy poverty programmes must be addressed in order to make the purchase of renewable technologies feasible and the running cost compatible with everyone’s income.

Key facts and figures
– The rough cost estimate for making the replacement of all gas and oil boilers with heat pumps or solar-thermal boilers affordable for all (considering a typical investment of €10k) is €70Bn in the EU.
– This would go down to €20Bn if a CO2 tax of €100 would be in place.
– Ground source heat pumps working on the national electricity mix are the least emitting heating technologies in all member states.
– Air to water heat pumps have lower emissions than gas boilers in all member states except Poland and Estonia, due to the high share of coal in the power sectors of these two states.
– Only in 8 EU countries payback time for heat pumps is acceptable (< 8years) with existing incentives and energy prices.
– If a CO2 tax of €100 is introduced (in some form) heat pumps would have an acceptable payback time in 12 instead of 8 member states
– Southern EU countries (Cyprus, Malta, Portugal and Spain) have shorter payback times as their clean heating technology mix, air-to-air heat pumps combined with solar thermal, is less expensive than an air-to-water or a ground source heat pumps.

Davide Sabbadin, a Policy Officer at the European Environmental Bureau (EEB), said: “Households in Europe are not all equal, at least when it comes to breaking free from fossil gas. Member states and EU institutions must beef up their dedicated funds to overcome upfront costs and set a regulatory framework that eases renewables in the heating market, because carbon pricing alone cannot do the job. Not only can these policies slash emissions massively, but they can also end our dependence on gas and protect citizens from its volatile prices”

Mélissa Zill, Programme Manager for heating at ECOS, said: “The pouring of public funds into polluting technologies must stop. We must stop selling gas and oil boilers as of 2025. Governments must help everyone to make the switch, leaving no one behind. With gas prices soaring and recovery funds being allocated, EU member states stand before a unique window of opportunity.”

Coolproducts is a coalition of NGOs led by the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) and the European Environmental Citizens Organisation for Standardisation (ECOS). We campaign to ensure a better product policy for EU citizens and the environment.

The EEB is Europe’s largest network of environmental organisations with over 140 members in 30 countries. ECOS is the only European NGO focusing on environmental standards.

www.eeb.org

www.coolproducts.eu

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