Climate & emissions

16 October 2018

Paris pioneers zero-carbon social housing to cut urban emissions

The Clichy-Batignolles area of Paris is a former industrial wasteland which has been transformed into a model of sustainable development and the city’s first “eco-neighbourhood”. Amongst other eco features, homes are equipped with solar panels and clean geothermal energy is used for heating. The overriding aim of this eco-effort is to address the city’s affordable housing […]

12 October 2018

WorldGBC’s action points for the building sector to go green

The World Green Business Council (WorldGBC) launched its Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment, in September  with 38 founding signatories. Buildings are responsible for 39 per cent of global carbon emissions. The commitment is to reduce this to zero per cent by 2050. Signatories can determine their own roadmap towards decarbonising all energy related Scope 1 […]

10 October 2018

How to reduce ’embodied carbon’ in the construction process

Embodied carbon is an urgent issue because the emissions we release in the next 20 to 30 years are critical to keeping global temperatures at tolerable levels. For building professionals, reducing carbon emissions that has typically meant increasing energy efficiency and pushing for renewable energy production, thus reducing the amount of carbon generated by the fossil fuels […]

9 October 2018

IPCC climate report: role of business in creating a carbon-neutral world

The world’s leading climate scientists have warned there is only a dozen years for global warming to be kept to a maximum of 1.5°C, beyond which even half a degree will significantly worsen the risks of drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people. The authors of the landmark report by […]

5 October 2018

US teams up with Norway to advance carbon capture technology

The US engineering- and construction company Fluor has signed an agreement for use of the Norwegian test facility Technology Center Mongstad (TCM) in Nordhordland. This project will contribute to strengthen the energy technology cooperation between Norway and the United States. Fluor has long history in developing solutions for capturing carbon dioxide (CO2). The company now wants […]

3 October 2018

Volvo CE and Skanska start testing first emissions-free quarry – video

Volvo CE and Skanska are testing the viability of its Electric Site concept at Skanska’s Vikan Kross quarry, near Gothenburg, Sweden. The system, which incorporates electric and autonomous Volvo machines, should deliver an anticipated up to 95% reduction in carbon emissions and up to 25% reduction in total cost of operations. Known as Electric Site, […]

28 September 2018

Carbon Neutrality Coalition for net-zero emissions expands to 19 countries

In the build up to the COP24 Climate Summit in December some 19 countries have signed up to the Carbon Neutrality Coalition, committing their nations to delivering accelerated decarbonisation. The Declaration of the Carbon Neutrality Coalition has been signed by: Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Luxembourg, the Republic of the Marshall […]

25 September 2018

European banks test Green Mortgages in shift to climate-friendly lending

Thirty-nine European banks agreed to test a new type of green mortgage under which borrowers ensure their properties abide by a suite of energy efficiency standards. The proposed standards are being set by the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) and backed by companies including French bank BNP Paribas SA and German utility EON AG. They underscore […]

21 September 2018

‘Active buildings’ clean energy project aims to revolutionise construction

Making construction greener is the goal for a new clean energy innovation scheme that generates electricity from “active buildings”. The  project, which has been launched led by a consortium led by Swansea University in Wales, sets out to develop new building materials that create renewable energy from heat and light. Conventional walls, roofs and windows can be replaced […]

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 […]

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