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Climate targets

Solar control helps to achieve climate targets

With the help of dynamic sun protection, buildings can also contribute to the EU climate targets.

By 2020, the European Union would like:

  • to increase energy efficiency by 20%
  • reduce CO2 emissions by 20%
  • obtain 20% of energy consumption from renewable sources

This is certainly feasible. However, it will require a well-thought-out approach that focuses on dynamic solar control.

How can solar control contribute towards these European targets*?

  • Energy conservation
    A city such as Brussels can save over 50% on its energy consumption for cooling by using demand-controlled sun protection. This calculation was made by the European Solar-Shading Organization (ES-SO). The global energy savings in relation to buildings (for cooling and heating) with dynamic solar control equate to 13%.
  • Reduction of CO2 emissions
    Sun protection is extremely cost-efficient and easily saves 60 times its CO2 footprint over a period of 20 years.
  • More comfort
    Sun protection improves thermal and visual comfort and provides a healthier and more pleasant interior climate.

* New vision on sun protection, Peter Winters, ES-SO vzw, March 2015,

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