Climate & emissions

18 April 2018

WGBC: “We need to manage suppliers and understand embodied carbon across the construction supply chain”

Managing suppliers and understanding the embodied carbon is necessary across the construction supply chain – so that everybody is coordinated could make a big difference – and it’s not happening enough,” says Teri Wills, CEO of the World Green Building Council (WGBC). “The current diffused responsibility makes green building that much more difficult, but this […]

17 April 2018

‘ZERO Code’ launched to cut carbon in new buildings

A new building construction code, which integrates cost-effective energy efficiency standards with on-site and/or off-site renewable energy resulting in Zero-Net-Carbon (ZNC) buildings has been introduced. The world is currently undergoing the largest wave of urban growth in human history with two thirds of the expected population of 10 billion will live in cities by 2060. By 2060, […]

13 April 2018

China embraces green building and enters partnership with WGBC

The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) and China Green Building Council (China GBC) have announced a partnership to collaborate efforts to increase green buildings around the world and reduce global greenhouse gas emissions. This partnership is hugely significant as China is the largest building construction market in the world, with up to 2 billion square metres constructed […]

11 April 2018

Skanska:“emissions goals cannot be achieved without tracking embodied carbon”

While it is recognisd that buildings generate more than 170 million tons of construction waste annually; they account for almost 14 percent of all potable water use; and are responsible for almost 40 percent of carbon dioxide emissions, there is a metric missing from our daily conversations: embodied carbon, says Stacy Smedley* of Skanska USA. […]

10 April 2018

Japan plans world’s tallest wooden skyscraper

Japan is planning to build a 70 storey skyscraper made of wood. The structure would be earthquake proof and could help revitalise the country’s timber industry. The design concept for the “W350 Project” in Tokyo includes wraparound balconies draped with foliage to provide occupants access to fresh air, daylight, and views. The Japanese construction company […]

4 April 2018

CCS maybe on the comeback thanks to petrochemicals

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is possibly making a comeback following competition from low-cost renewables, thanks to the needs of the petrochemical sector. A plan to pipe CO2 emissions from industries around the Port of Rotterdam and a hydrogen transport hub in the north of England have been branded as “the most exciting in Europe”, […]

3 April 2018

Sweden plans world’s first fossil-free steel plant

A ‘globally-unique’ pilot plant for fossil-free steel is being planned for Northern Sweden. Behind the HYBRIT initiative are steel producers SSAB, LKAB and Vattenfall. The planning and designing is expected to cost SEK 20 million and will be part financed by the Swedish Energy Agency (50%) and the remainder by SSAB, LKAB and Vattenfall. The […]

30 March 2018

Cost of renewables continues to tumble

Over the past year the cost of new solar plants dropped 20%, while onshore wind prices dropped 12%. Since 2010, the prices for lithium-ion batteries — crucial to energy storage — have plummeted a stunning 79% and are projected to keep dropping, according to the latest Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) report. The economic case for […]

28 March 2018

EEA: Achieving a sustainable, low-carbon future will be a huge challenge 

Shifting to an environmentally sustainable society will bring huge challenges for Europe, involving fundamental changes in how it meets its demand for necessities such as food, energy, transport and housing. Diverse academic and policy communities are confronting these challenges, according to a European Environment Agency report, which brings together insights from different perspectives as to […]

23 March 2018

IEA: CO2 emissions on the rise for first time in three years

Greenhouse gas emissions from the global energy industry rose 1.4 per cent in 2017, marking the first rise in three years, according to new data released by the International Energy Agency (IEA). The IEA said the uptick in emissions was fuelled by a 2.1 per cent growth in global energy demand last year – more […]

20 March 2018

Smart lampposts could deliver energy savings of between 50-70%. 

European cities spend around €3bn on streetlighting each year, and this figure could be reduced to around €900 million through smart lampposts, An EU smart cities programme is pioneering the delivery of smart lampposts in six cities across Europe, including London, Lisbon and Milan. ‘Sharing Cities’ is aiming to provide an initial 56,000 units in […]

16 March 2018

Despite improvements critical gaps remain in Europe’s environmental performance

The European Union (EU) is making stronger progress towards a resource-efficient, low-carbon economy than in protecting biodiversity, natural capital and people’s health. But importantly the EU remains on track towards meeting its key climate and energy targets by 2020. Moreover, Europe’s economy is growing faster than its use of raw materials, indicating better resource efficiency. […]

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