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UK low carbon pioneer Anglian Water scoops award for Europe’s largest pre-cast reservoir

Posted November 21, 2017 by CCC in Building efficiency, Sustainable design

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In 2017, Anglian Water was the winner of the “Carbon Reduction Project of the Year 2017” at the British Construction Industry Awards. The award was for the creation of the largest pre-cast concrete reservoir in Europe at Grafham in the UK. The project spans 15 different sites and includes a new reservoir, five pumping stations…

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Is COP23 ignoring the carbon emissions involved in constructing buildings?

Posted November 17, 2017 by CCC in CCC campaign, COP23, Design and planning, Sustainable design

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In fighting climate change, much has been said about energy efficiency in buildings. What about the carbon emissions involved in constructing buildings in the first place, asks Francesco Pomponi., an expert on embodied carbon at Edinburgh Napier University. “Further, faster ambition together” is the mission statement of the global leaders attending COP23 in Bonn. It has…

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“To use carbon planning tools on a whole life basis is important”

Posted November 16, 2017 by CCC in Construction Climate Talks

Katherine Ibbotson

The Environment Agency (EA) looks after over 5000 kilometers of coastline and main rivers principally in England and is responsible, in particular, for flood and coastal risk management. To fulfil its goal of promoting low carbon solutions it created the ‘ERIC’ Carbon Planning Tool, which provides a mechanism for assessing carbon over the whole life…

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COP23: IEA report points to global shifts in the energy system

Posted November 16, 2017 by CCC in COP23, Energy efficiency

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The latest World Energy Outlook report published by the International Energy Agency to coincide with the COP23 conference in Bonn, points to four large-scale shifts in the global energy system. The report highlights the rapid deployment and falling costs of clean energy technologies, the growing electrification of energy, the shift to a more services-oriented economy…

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15,000 scientists issue “warning to humanity” about climate change risks

Posted November 14, 2017 by CCC in COP23, Energy policy, Sustainable design

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In the midst of the COP23 summit in Bonn, adire “warning to humanity” about the dangers to all of us has been written by 15,000 scientists from around the world. The message updates an original warning sent from the Union of Concerned Scientists that was backed by 1,700 signatures 25 years ago. But the experts…

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COP23: world leaders urged to strengthen renewables action plans

Posted November 10, 2017 by CCC in COP23, Energy efficiency, Sustainable design

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At the COP23 Summit in Bonn a wide-ranging coalition of businesses, NGOs, and energy industry experts have presented a raft of new measures designed to accelerate the roll out of renewable energy technologies globally. To mark the Summit’s Energy Day The Climate Group, IEA, IRENA and Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) initiative came together to put…

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COP23: Targeting cities can make biggest contribution to climate change

Posted November 8, 2017 by CCC in Building efficiency, COP23, Sustainable design, Urban planning

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At this week’s climate conference in Bonn, Germany, the pressure is on many national governments to continue implementing the Paris Agreement despite the United States’ intention to withdraw. But they’ll have help from the world’s cities. The COP23 climate conference in Bonn is shaping up to be one of the most urban-centred climate summits yet, says Aniruddha…

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Cop23: Water infrastructure investment must triple to combat climate change

Posted November 7, 2017 by CCC in COP23, Sustainable design, Urban planning

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As the COP23 climate conference,  commences in Bonn, the World Water Council (WWC) has reported that financial investment into water infrastructure needs to triple to €255 bn annually to combat climate change and meet sanitation targets. The climate summit in Bonn has designated 10 November as Water Action Day and will explore the relationships between…

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New master’s thesis within the Impres project investigates greenhouse gas reduction in infrastructure projects

Posted October 5, 2017 by CCC in Procurement, Researchers, Sustainable design

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Read the master thesis here. One part of the Construction Climate Challenge funded Impres project’s results will be a master’s thesis conducted by Daniel Balian, former student at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden and now Sustainability Consultant at WSP Environmental. In the following interview he elaborates further on these interesting results. What is your…

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Construction Climate Talks film series launched

Posted December 4, 2015 by CCC in Construction Climate Talks

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Featuring some of the most prominent influencers in the field, Construction Climate Challenge (CCC) has premiered its new film series “Construction Climate Talks” with afirst interview with Johan Rockström, one of the most prominent advocates of sustainable development. Coinciding with world leaders from 190 nations gathering at the 21st Session of the Conference of the…

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IEA develops roadmaps for energy-efficient construction

Posted September 2, 2015 by CCC in Building efficiency, Energy efficiency

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To accelerate the development of low-carbon energy technologies and address the global challenges of energy security, climate change and economic growth, the International Energy Agency (IEA) is developing a series of global low-carbon energy technology roadmaps covering the most important technologies including energy-efficient building design, materials and heating. The roadmaps identify priority actions for governments,…

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Swedish CemZero project explores zero-C02 electric cement production

Posted August 29, 2017 by CCC in Building efficiency, Energy efficiency, Sustainable design

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Swedish cement producer Cementa AB and the state-owned energy major Vattenfall have teamed up to develop electricity powered cement production and zero carbon emissions. They have launched CemZero, a joint pilot study into electrified cement production with the objective of ensuring zero carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 2030. If successful this reduce Sweden’s total CO2…

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‘Instant farm’ in a container developed for remote agriculture

Posted January 18, 2017 by CCC in Sustainable design

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‘Farm from a Box’ is an innovative shipping container that transforms into off-grid farm for sustainable, tech-powered agriculture. The ‘box’ contains all that is needed to start and maintain a 2-acre planted farm capable of feeding 150 people. Upon delivery the 20 ft. container doubles in size when deployed  and all the technology is pre-installed…

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“The key driver for low carbon production is the correlation between low carbon and reducing cost” – Dr Paul Toyne

Posted November 22, 2016 by CCC in Building efficiency, CCC campaign, Design and planning, Sustainable design

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The CCC Seminar on Reducing Carbon in Infrastructure Construction was chaired by Dr Paul Toyne, a sustainable construction expert and London Sustainable Development Commissioner. A high level panel of speakers shared experience and  best practices on how to reduce the industry’s carbon footprint. The event covered an array of topics including the challenges of reducing carbon…

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Cycling industry generates more jobs than steel or mining

Posted November 21, 2014 by CCC in Energy efficiency, Sustainable design

Cycling industry generates more jobs than other transport sectors

Europe’s cycling industry now has a higher employment intensity than any other transport sub-sector, according to a new study. It also employs more people than mining and quarrying and almost twice as many as the steel industry. Some 655,000 people work in the cycling economy – which includes bicycle production, tourism, retail, infrastructure and services – compared…

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Hempcrete is the newest green building material.

Posted October 1, 2015 by CCC in New materials /or recycling, Sustainable design

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  By adding hemp fibre to lime and a lightweight building material can be created that can be shaped like a cinder block. When fully cured, ‘hempcrete’ will float in water and yet strong enough to help construct buildings up to 10 stories tall. It is made using the woody, balsa-like interior of the Cannabis sativa plant combined…

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