Climate & emissions

15 June 2018

Global warming set to exceed 1.5°C, says U.N. report

Global warming is on course to exceed the most stringent goal set in the Paris agreement by around 2040, threatening economic growth, according to a draft report that is the U.N.’s starkest warning yet of the risks of climate change. Governments can still cap temperatures below the strict 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7° Fahrenheit) ceiling agreed […]

8 June 2018

The WorldGBC calls on construction leaders to join Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment

The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) has launched a new commitment toNet Zero Carbon Buildings  and called on market leaders, including those in the construction industry, to join as signatories. The Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment challenges businesses and organisations across the world to take advanced climate action by setting ambitious targets to eliminate operational carbon emissions from […]

6 June 2018

“The buildings sector is a laggard in climate action,” says WRI

By 2050, the global floor area in buildings is expected to double to more than 415 billion square meters, and buildings’ energy demand may increase by as much as 50 percent. As assets with useful lives average 50-100 years, buildings lock in decisions today like few others, especially in high-growth regions like India, China and […]

1 June 2018

EEA: Europe has cut emissions by 22.4% since 1990

Total greenhouse gas emissions in the European Union (EU) decreased by 0.4 % in 2016, according to latest official data published today by the European Environment Agency (EEA). Using less coal to produce heat and electricity was enough to make a slight cut in total emissions despite an increase in transport emissions for the third […]

25 May 2018

Hitting COP21 climate targets will save $30tn in damages, says study

Achieving the toughest climate change target set in the global Paris agreement will save the world about $30tn in damages, far more than the costs of cutting carbon emissions, according to a new economic analysis. Most nations, representing 90% of global population, would benefit economically from keeping global warming to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels, the […]

23 May 2018

EU agrees CO2 emissions limits for trucks with 30% reduction by 2030

CO2 emissions from trucks will be regulated under EU law for the first time as part of a package of new rules that also aims to increase efficiency and improve road safety. All new trucks will have to abide by CO2 emission standards under a new proposal revealed by the European Commission on 17 May. […]

22 May 2018

Air conditioning emerges as a key driver of electricity growth

Cooling down is catching on. As incomes rise and populations grow, especially in the world’s hotter regions, the use of air conditioners is becoming increasingly common. In fact, the use of air conditioners and electric fans already accounts for about a fifth of the total electricity in buildings around the world – or 10% of […]

18 May 2018

High-tech CityTree cleans as much pollution as 275 trees

The CityTree is a new technology that cleans the air, while occupying just 1% of the space that would be needed using the 275 real trees it replaces. Cities are expanding, but the majority of them are also exceeding health limits for air pollution. Innovations that are small in size but can help clean the […]

16 May 2018

EU to set C02 limits for heavy-duty trucks

While cars and vans in the European Union have had limits on the amount of carbon they emit for some time, until now trucks have avoided the same fate. That will change this week, when the European Commission adopts a proposal for the EU’s first CO2 limits on heavy-duty vehicles. These vehicles make up just […]

15 May 2018

Zero-carbon aluminium smelting process developed by Alcoa

Mining firms Alcoa Corporation and Rio Tinto Aluminium have created a partnership involing Apple to accelerate commercialisation of new technology that eliminates all greenhouse gas emissions from the smelting process of aluminium. Alcoa had designed a completely new process that replaces that carbon with an advanced conductive material, and instead of carbon dioxide, it releases […]

9 May 2018

Hydrogen should be used to store excess renewable power, say engineers

While renewable energy sources are providing large quantities of clean power and reducing carbon emissions, they face limitations for the electricity grid when wind and solar aren’t readily available. So far, policymakers have looked to battery technologies are a storate solution. A new report from the UK’s Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) says greater attention […]

8 May 2018

Wave energy set to become a key renewable and reduce emissions 

The wave energy market in Europe stands at potentially £46bn. Research from Marine Power Systems estimates that estimated global wave resources could potentially reach 4,000TWh annually provided the commercial case for the technology improves. Greatest progress on the required technology is being made in the UK. Last August, turbines harnessing tidal energy in the Pentland Firth […]

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