Policy

21 February 2018

UNEP calls on industry to build to net zero carbon standards

The UNEP environment agency has called on industry issues an emergency call to action for the building industry: build to zero-carbon standards and retrofit existing stock. “Near-zero-energy, zero-emissions buildings need to become the construction standard globally within the next decade” to ensure average temperatures rise no more than 2°C. Energy retrofits also need to become […]

7 February 2018

WorldGBC project helps put renovation into EU energy policy

The World Green Building Council’s BUILD UPON project scored a major win in January when Europe committed to put national renovation strategies at the heart of efforts to tackle climate change – a key recommendation from the project. The publication of the final text of the revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) – a key EU […]

6 February 2018

Under2 Coalition gives a strong climate voice to regions

The Under2 Coalition created following the COP21 Paris Agreement now encompasses 205 governments representing more than 1.3 billion people and almost 40% of the global economy, who have committed to reduce GHG emissions by 2050. The Under2 Coalition provides a global forum for sub-national governments to work together towards carbon neutrality by 2050 . Signatories also submit […]

24 January 2018

EU to launch Innovation Fund to invest in low carbon projects

The EU is planning to launch a new Innovation Fund aimed a low carbon projects. It plans to invest a part of the revenues from the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) to finance the scheme. The aim of the Innovation Fund is to accelerate the commercialisation of low-carbon technologies, processes and products in industrial […]

10 January 2018

2018 sets off race to renovate Europe’s building stock

2018 looks set to be a defining year for energy and environment policy in Europe, as important legislative files move towards becoming EU law. The new year will see EU lawmakers, officials and member states meet to negotiate and hammer out laws that will take the bloc all the way up to 2030. Clean Energy […]

15 December 2017

Circular economy programme needs greater long-term support says report

A new report has called on European Union  institutions to promote resource efficiency beyond the completion of the Circular Economy Package. By learning from best practice scenarios, some €324bn could be added to the EU’s economy by 2030. A new report “Beyond the Circular Economy Package: maintaining momentum on resource efficiency” has been published by […]

13 December 2017

One Planet Summit: Financial majors and the World Bank get behind climate challenge

Two years on from COP21 and the historic Paris Agreement, France President, Emmanuel Macron, Jim Yong Kim President of the World Bank Group, and António Guterres Secretary-General of the United Nations, brought together leading international players in the climate debate to review progress. So far the fight against climate change has increasingly been waged by […]

24 November 2017

COP23: practical concrete Climate Action commitments at many levels

  Though the COP23 Climate Change Conference in Bonn may have appeared as a talking shop with little progress at the political level, below the surface were a new wave of climate actions announced from countries, cities, states, regions, business and civil society. A key aim of COP23 was to get everyone on track towards […]

22 November 2017

EC publishes toolkit for ‘Levels’ sustainable buildings indicators

After extensive consultation with industry the European Commission (EC) has developed a framework of indicators so introduce greater sustainability into the construction process. Known as Level(s), it is a voluntary reporting framework that uses existing standards, to provides a common EU approach to the assessment of environmental performance in the built environment. To support these […]

8 November 2017

COP23: Targeting cities can make biggest contribution to climate change

At this week’s climate conference in Bonn, Germany, the pressure is on many national governments to continue implementing the Paris Agreement despite the United States’ intention to withdraw. But they’ll have help from the world’s cities. The COP23 climate conference in Bonn is shaping up to be one of the most urban-centred climate summits yet, says Aniruddha […]

7 November 2017

Cop23: Water infrastructure investment must triple to combat climate change

As the COP23 climate conference,  commences in Bonn, the World Water Council (WWC) has reported that financial investment into water infrastructure needs to triple to €255 bn annually to combat climate change and meet sanitation targets. The climate summit in Bonn has designated 10 November as Water Action Day and will explore the relationships between […]

1 November 2017

COP23: technical paper published on cross-cutting issues in urban environment

In advance of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP23) being held in Bonn, 6 to 17 November, the Secretariat has drawn up a ‘technical paper’ which compiles information on mitigation benefits and cobenefits of policies, practices and actions for enhancing mitigation ambition in urban environments. The paper also includes examples of options for supporting the […]

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