James Hansen, Director of the Goddard Institute on Space Studies and one of the foremost experts on climate change, has said that man has just 10 years to reduce green house gas (GHG) emissions before global warming reaches what he calls a tipping point and becomes unstoppable.
With the Green Paper was launched a wide public consultation, the results of which have contributed to the Action Plan of European Union.
A European Strategy for Sustainable, Competitive and Secure Energy
Brussels 8 March, 2006
Action Plan Saving 20% By 2020 European Commission Unveils its Action Plan on Energy Efficiency
Brussels 19 October 2006
Greater use of Solar Control Window Films in residential and non-residential buildings in the EU could save between 15 and 85 million tonnes of CO2 annually by 2020 (depending on the way Europeans install and use air-conditioning systems between now and then).
This is good news because the EU has committed to cutting around 300 million tonnes of needless CO2 emissions annually in the same time frame by saving energy wasted in residential and non-residential buildings. Therefore, using solar control glass could save anywhere between 5% and 25% of the EU’s emissions reduction targets for buildings.
EU leaders want to save 20% of the EU’s overall energy requirement by 2020, cutting CO2 emissions in the process. If successful, the EU’s overall energy saving would be 390 million tonnes of oil equivalent and a cut of 780 million tonnes of CO2 emissions.
The EU’s overall inability to use energy efficiently across all activities will needlessly cost hundreds of billions of euros by 2020. So greater use of Solar Control Window Film will also save money.
For comfort and productivity, more and more Europeans understandably wish to work and live inair-conditioned environments. More air-conditioning means more energy demand. Solar Control Window Film minimise the amount of air-conditioning required and sometimes even eliminates the need for it.
Solar control Window Film technology exists today and is ready to use. Energy savings from installation of Solar Control Window film glass by far outweigh the energy consumed in manufacturing the Window Film.
Residential and non-residential buildings that use more energy than necessary to stay cool are a major source of unnecessary CO2 emissions.
In March 2007, EU heads of state and government confirmed the need to save annually around 300 million tonnes of CO2 from buildings by 2020.
Policy makers could achieve between 5% and 25% of that target by promoting greater use of solar control window film in existing and new buildings in Europe – ensuring that less energy is required to keep the interiors cool. This technology exists today.
The EU and its Member States can use it to help achieve their own targets, by acting to ensure that more Solar Control Window Films is installed.
The Energy Performance of Buildings Directive requires all Member States of the EU to improve their building regulations every five years. Encouraging greater use of solar control window film should be a top priority.
The potential for Solar Control glass to cut CO2 emissions from buildings has been analysed by the Dutch scientific institute, TNO Report 2007-D-R0576/B, in a study that is technically rigorous and conservative. The study concludes that between 15 and 85 million tonnes of CO2 emissions could be avoided annually by the year 2020 if solar control glass were used optimally.
As much as 1/3 of the cooling required in a building can be attributed to Solar Heat Gain.
Conventional SolarControl Window Films can reduce Solar Heat Gain by as much as 83%:
Reduction of energyused equates to a smaller carbon footprint.
Most EuropeanCountries REQUIRE a reduction in CO2 emissions.
Energy control filmsare used worldwide to reduce energy usage and carbon emissions.