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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 […]

14 June 2018

Construction SMEs call for smarter building through digitization

The European Builders Confederation (EBC) and other major European construction industry associations have joined forces to publish the “European Construction Industry Manifesto for Digitalisation” – a strategic call for a strong political leadership from the European Union, an appropriate regulatory framework on data policy and a budgetary focus on digital skills, R&D and deployment of IT […]

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 […]

7 June 2018

Netherlands to build world’s first habitable 3D printed houses

The Dutch city of Eindhoven is to be the first in the world to have habitable homes made by a 3D printer, in an innovation its backers believe will revolutionise the construction industry. Of the first five new houses to be put on the rental market next year, the smallest, with two bedrooms, has already […]

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 […]

30 May 2018

EU moves to boost private investment in low-carbon technologies

The European Commission has drawn up proposals aimed at boosting private investment in low-carbon technologies like renewable energies while increasing transparency in sustainable finance to avoid green-washing. Brussels wants to leverage the contribution of the private sector in order to decarbonise the European economy and meet the objectives of the Paris Agreement on climate change. […]

29 May 2018

Output of China’s 3D printing industry will reach $3 billion by 2020

It is expected that the output of China’s 3D printing industry will reach $3 billion by 2020, thanks to the support of the Chinese government. China is going to be the leading position of 3D printing in the world. In 2015, the Chinese government launched the “made in China 2025” initiative to foster advanced technology. […]

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 […]

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