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19 September 2018

Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment launched at the Global Climate Action Summit

The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) has launched its ‘Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment’ as part of the Global Climate Action Summit. It is starting with 38 signatories, made up of 12 businesses, 22 cities and four states and regions, showing an unprecedented statement of coordinated action from business and cities, states and regions. Businesses across […]

18 September 2018

World’s largest 2 MW scalable tidal turbine developed

Plans for the the largest tidal power turbines in the world have been unveiled by the UK’s SIMEC Atlantis Energy. The UK company’s ‘next generation’ single axis rotor turbine would be capable of accommodating rotor diameters of between 20-24 metres, depending on the site, while only reducing rotor speed by less than one metre per […]

12 September 2018

How architects can reduce embodied carbon in the construction process

The need for sustainability in the design, construction, and operation of buildings is a reality. While 40% of the energy consumed in the U. S. in 2015 went directly or indirectly to operating buildings when you add embodied carbon—the energy and emissions from materials and construction —that number is almost 50%. Architects have a responsibility […]

11 September 2018

Massive solar and wind farms could make the Sahara green again

Switching from fossil fuels to renewable energy in the Sahara region make their immediate surroundings both warmer and rainier, and could turn parts of the Sahara green for the first time in at least 4,500 years. The scientists behind the research published in Science by Yan Li and colleagues. looked at the maximum amount of solar and wind […]

5 September 2018

EU to reduce import cost of Chinese solar panels

To help Europe achieve its renewable energy goals, the EU has decided to eliminate anti-dumping tariffs on Chinese solar panels. As a result, the EU anti-dumping and anti-subsidy measures will expire on 3 September after being in place for five years. The EU executive decided to impose the trade defense measures in 2013, accusing Beijing […]

4 September 2018

Infrastructure resilience: Anglian Water invests £6.5bn against climate change

The UK utility Anglian Water has announced a £6.5bn investment plan to protect water supplies against the growing threat of extreme weather events, the supplier announced yesterday. The company said the five-year, £6.5bn strategy will help protect local residents and businesses against the impact of extreme weather events caused by climate change. Anglian Water serves […]

31 August 2018

First electric ’emissions-free’ quarry tested by Volvo CE and Skanska

Swedish companies Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) and Skanska are turning the quarrying industry upside down in a groundbreaking study to create the world’s first ‘emission-free’ quarry. Drawing on the electromobility and automation expertise of the Volvo Group, the research project, dubbed Electric Site, aims to electrify each transport stage in a quarry – from […]

29 August 2018

‘World’s most advanced’ vertical farm opens in Scotland

An innovative vertical farming demonstration building has been unveiled by Scotland’s Intelligent Growth Solutions Ltd which is is arguably the world’s most technically advanced indoor farm. The IGS facility utilises its ground-breaking, patented power and communications technologies to address the key challenges facing the indoor farming industry. Fundamental barriers of cost of power and labour […]

28 August 2018

Expansion of ‘cool roofs’ can bring major cut to emissions

While green roofs, are becoming are becoming more common as veritable ecosystems, or sky gardens, the use of cool roofs which reflect 80% of solar energy back into the sky could be even more effective in reducing emissions. Green roofs may support a simple carpet of self-sufficient groundcovers such as sedum or full-fledged gardens, parks, […]

24 August 2018

19 global cities commit to make new buildings “Net-Zero Carbon” by 2030

19 city mayors, representing 130 million urban citizens, committed to significantly cut greenhouse gas emissions from their cities by ensuring that new buildings operate at net zero carbon by 2030. The mayors of Copenhagen, Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, Montreal, New York City, Newburyport, Paris, Portland, San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Monica, Stockholm, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto, […]

22 August 2018

Report highlights low carbon opportunities in Europe’s building sector

The building sector is in need of comparable, pan-European data to support a low-carbon economy. Up until now, this information was incomplete and fragmented, hindering the uptake of new innovations and technologies. A new series of reports drawn up at the instigation of the European Institute for Innovation &Technology (EIT) Climate-KIC outlines trends in construction […]

21 August 2018

Rise in carbon prices to accelerate move away from coal

EU carbon prices could average €35-40 per tonne over 2019-2023, accelerating the switch from coal to gas and questioning the rationale for keeping old coal and lignite power plants running beyond 2021, said a new report by Carbon Tracker. According to the report, carbon prices are on course to reach €25 by the end of […]

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