Policy

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 […]

27 June 2018

London set to create largest fleet of electric buses in Europe

In a bid to combat toxic air levels polluting London, the city plans to increase the number of electric double-deckers in London more than ten-fold, with the vehicles set to be added to Transport for London’s (TfL) fleet in summer 2019. 68 fully-electric double-decker buses have been ordered in a bid to create the largest […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

16 May 2018

EU to set C02 limits for heavy-duty trucks

While cars and vans in the European Union have had limits on the amount of carbon they emit for some time, until now trucks have avoided the same fate. That will change this week, when the European Commission adopts a proposal for the EU’s first CO2 limits on heavy-duty vehicles. These vehicles make up just […]

4 May 2018

‘Levels’ buildings sustainability framework moves into test phase

Last year, the European Commission introduced Level(s) a new framework of indicators to report on the sustainability performance of buildings. The Commission has now officially launched the two year testing phase for Level(s). This testing phase aims to support stakeholders across a buildings value chain, from designers though to facility managers; in testing the Level(s) indicators […]

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. […]

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