Infrastructure

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 […]

2 October 2018

Norway to launch $47 billion coastal infrastructure project

Norway is to embark on the largest infrastructure project in the nation’s history building a 1,100 coastal road the length of the country.  The E39 runs between, Kristiansand in the far south of the country and Trondheim in the north. The route navigates its way across the fjord network and features no fewer than seven […]

26 September 2018

ISO 20400 brings new standards for Sustainable Procurement in construction

In tbe construction sector as much as 80% of revenue goes into the supply chain. The recently introduced international standard for sustainable procurement now provides clear guidelines on how to align purchasing with sustainability goals. Unlike many other standards, ISO 20400 is not intended for certification, but it may lead to performance assessments. It is […]

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 […]

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 […]

17 August 2018

How resource efficiency in key materials can help cut CO2 emissions

A new report explores a broad range of opportunities for reducing the impact of the four largest materials in terms of emissions (steel, plastics, aluminium, and cement) and two large use segments for these materials (passenger cars and buildings). It finds that a more circular economy could make deep cuts to emissions from EU heavy […]

25 July 2018

Infrastructure: Heathrow airport expansion to pioneer offsite pre-assembly of components

Heathrow will be the first major infrastructure project in the UK to pioneer the large-scale use of Logistics Hubs – aiming to build as much of the project offsite as possible. The hubs will work by pre-assembling components offsite before transporting them in consolidated loads to Heathrow just as they are needed. This method will […]

6 July 2018

UK launches Construction Sector Deal to cut building energy use and emissions

The UK Government has launched a £420m construction sector deal, which provides a framework for the built environment sector to halve the energy use of new buildings by 2030. The dealwill see £170m of Government funding invested in innovations which seek to enhance resource efficiency, improve energy efficiency and cut greenhouse gas emissions across the […]

26 June 2018

Skanska has obtained PAS2080 Verification to reduce the carbon footprint with greener solutions

Skanska has become the first UK firm to gain a new eco certification administered by BSI that recognises its carbon management processes. The PAS 2080: 2016 carbon management in infrastructure scheme aims to help infrastructure organisations reduce the volume of carbon used throughout their projects. Hear how Skanska partnered with BSI to obtain PAS 2080 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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