The hors concours section of the sixth Copper and the Home international design award demonstrates the incredible ability of copper and its alloys to blend with and complement the aesthetic choices of different designers, representing an exciting cross-section of the design world’s latest trends.

Today, 12 European organisations have presented the Report “DecarbEurope 2017: Connecting technologies for a cleaner future”. The publication is a first landmark of this multi-partner and multi-channel campaign to decarbonise Europe. In 120 pages, the report takes you on a journey to 10 cost-effective technical solutions that each can reduce European greenhouse gas emissions by several hundred million tons per year.

The European Copper Institute (ECI) and its network of national associations in Europe, collectively part of the Copper Alliance, bring together the copper industry to develop markets for copper, ensure fair market access for copper products and support the copper industry’s license to operate. Its newly-published report presents our association’s main activities in 2016 and describes, where appropriate, how they fit into the European legislative agenda.

In an increasingly decentralised and renewable electricity system, the demand side will need to play a major role. The aim of the Smart Energy Summit, held in Brussels on 6th April, was to discuss how to take smart energy forward in Europe and beyond, define current and future contributions to demand-side flexibility from industry, commercial and residential consumers, provide a snapshot of the demand side landscape in Europe, and discuss policy implications. It was convened by Frauke Thies of the Smart Energy Demand Coalition and Hans De Keulenaer from ECI.