Urbanization

16 October 2018

Paris pioneers zero-carbon social housing to cut urban emissions

The Clichy-Batignolles area of Paris is a former industrial wasteland which has been transformed into a model of sustainable development and the city’s first “eco-neighbourhood”. Amongst other eco features, homes are equipped with solar panels and clean geothermal energy is used for heating. The overriding aim of this eco-effort is to address the city’s affordable housing […]

29 August 2018

‘World’s most advanced’ vertical farm opens in Scotland

An innovative vertical farming demonstration building has been unveiled by Scotland’s Intelligent Growth Solutions Ltd which is is arguably the world’s most technically advanced indoor farm. The IGS facility utilises its ground-breaking, patented power and communications technologies to address the key challenges facing the indoor farming industry. Fundamental barriers of cost of power and labour […]

28 August 2018

Expansion of ‘cool roofs’ can bring major cut to emissions

While green roofs, are becoming are becoming more common as veritable ecosystems, or sky gardens, the use of cool roofs which reflect 80% of solar energy back into the sky could be even more effective in reducing emissions. Green roofs may support a simple carpet of self-sufficient groundcovers such as sedum or full-fledged gardens, parks, […]

24 August 2018

19 global cities commit to make new buildings “Net-Zero Carbon” by 2030

19 city mayors, representing 130 million urban citizens, committed to significantly cut greenhouse gas emissions from their cities by ensuring that new buildings operate at net zero carbon by 2030. The mayors of Copenhagen, Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, Montreal, New York City, Newburyport, Paris, Portland, San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Monica, Stockholm, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto, […]

8 August 2018

Transforming parking garages into the housing of tomorrow

In the United States alone, there are more than 500 million parking spots for 326 million citizens, covering approximately 2,500 square miles of land. But the days of the underground carpark maybe numbered as driving habits change and architects are already planning ahead so they can be converted into homes. In the last few years, practices […]

24 July 2018

Cities in China cut emissions and increase economic growth

Chinese cities are lowering emissions, while also maintaining significant economic growth. More than 90 percent of the 115 cities studied showed gross domestic growth ranging from 40 to 100 percent between 2010 and 2015. Around 90 of these cities performed well on the Low-carbon and Green Index for Cities (LOGIC), which tracks progress and recommends […]

13 July 2018

Energy renovation of buildings is a key tool for urban regeneration

Across the globe more than 30 % of greenhouse gas emissions are the result of energy use in buildings. And by 2050 global building energy demand could increase by 50% if no action is taken. Reaching the Paris Climate goals requires investing in renovation of the existing building stock. Increasing the energy efficiency of buildings […]

10 July 2018

Mayors urge EU to aim for net-zero emissions by 2050

The mayors of ten major European cities -including Paris, London, Milan and Barcelona – have issued a joint call for the EU to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, in line with the Paris Agreement. The joint call by the ten mayors coincides with the launch of a public consultation this week (10-11 July) by the European […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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