18 April 2018

WGBC: “We need to manage suppliers and understand embodied carbon across the construction supply chain”

Managing suppliers and understanding the embodied carbon is necessary across the construction supply chain – so that everybody is coordinated could make a big difference – and it’s not happening enough,” says Teri Wills, CEO of the World Green Building Council (WGBC). “The current diffused responsibility makes green building that much more difficult, but this […]

17 April 2018

‘ZERO Code’ launched to cut carbon in new buildings

A new building construction code, which integrates cost-effective energy efficiency standards with on-site and/or off-site renewable energy resulting in Zero-Net-Carbon (ZNC) buildings has been introduced. The world is currently undergoing the largest wave of urban growth in human history with two thirds of the expected population of 10 billion will live in cities by 2060. By 2060, […]

13 April 2018

China embraces green building and enters partnership with WGBC

The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) and China Green Building Council (China GBC) have announced a partnership to collaborate efforts to increase green buildings around the world and reduce global greenhouse gas emissions. This partnership is hugely significant as China is the largest building construction market in the world, with up to 2 billion square metres constructed […]

16 March 2018

Despite improvements critical gaps remain in Europe’s environmental performance

The European Union (EU) is making stronger progress towards a resource-efficient, low-carbon economy than in protecting biodiversity, natural capital and people’s health. But importantly the EU remains on track towards meeting its key climate and energy targets by 2020. Moreover, Europe’s economy is growing faster than its use of raw materials, indicating better resource efficiency. […]

9 March 2018

EU unveils green finance strategy to mainstream sustainable investing

The European Commission has unveiled a sweeping new strategy to boost the role of sustainable finance in driving emissions reductions throughout the trading bloc. The long-awaited Action Plan on sustainable finance sets out a roadmap for helping the EU drive the €180bn of additional investment that is estimated to be needed every year to hit the EU’s […]

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 […]

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