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 […]

20 February 2018

Dutch ‘Energiesprong’ low carbon housing expands across Europe

Energiesprong is an innovative, whole house refurbishment system developed in the Netherland which incorporates a practical and effective funding approach. In the past two years the approach has been launched in France, Germany, the UK and also New York State. It originated as a government-funded innovation programme and has set a new standard in this […]

16 February 2018

Dutch build ‘vertical forest’ skyscraper as social housing

The Dutch city of Eindhoven will play host to new apartments designed to provide a model for low carbon, sustainable residential buildings. The Trudo Vertical Forest Tower will be a 75-meter high skyscraper, which will include space for 125 trees, and 5,200 plants. Vertical forests are the brainchild of Italian architect Stefano Boeri, who hopes […]

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 […]

2 February 2018

Making buildings and infrastructure ‘lighter’ could cut extreme heat

With climate change exacerbating the heat-island effect, increasing urban temperatures and adding to heat-related deaths, cities like San Francisco have turned to innovative coating systems that reflect solar rays to cool temperatures and reduce energy use on cooling systems. New research, led by ETH Zurich with support from the University of Tasmania, UNSW, CSIRO and the US […]

29 January 2018

Is your home the power plant of the future?

With the price of solar power falling dramatically in the past four decades, this development has empowered individuals to install solar panels in their homes and produce their own energy. Individuals with home solar have become more independent and can avoid potential increases in electricity bills from utilities. Moreover, it allows homeowners to better control […]

5 January 2018

Floating cities – a practical solution for countering climate change

Floating cities are being developed in Polynesia as a sustainable place to live and a solution for rising sea levels, but they could also potentially help coral reefs recover and provide a habitat for marine life. The construction of the first floating villa is planned for 2020. This would include around 15 islands 82 by 82 […]

20 December 2017

Smart cities: global initiatives for the urban climate

Our cities contain a total of 4.1 billion people, and generate approximately 70% of our total global greenhouse gas emissions. UN projections show that urbanisation combined with the overall growth of the world’s population could add another 2.5 billion people to urban populations by 2050. As both the biggest culprits in creating emissions, and amongst the […]

4 October 2017

New York City launches first Paris-compliant low carbon plan

New York City, a member of the C40 group of world cities has published its programme of emissions reductions actions make the City compliant with the global l.5° C warming target over the next 3 years. The plan lists actions the City will take in the next three years to accelerate greenhouse gas (GHG)  reductions […]

8 August 2017

Rockerfeller Foundation backs global network to make world cities more resilient

The United Nations predicts 66 % of the world’s population will live in cities by 2050, up from 54 percent in 2014. For many cities, top of the list of challenges are protecting urban populations better from hazards like flooding, heat waves, hurricanes and earthquakes, improving housing and basic amenities, reducing crime and inequality, and expanding […]

19 July 2017

Compact cities are more climate friendly and sustainable

Houston and Barcelona have populations of around 2 million people, but Barcelona fits into one-tenth of the area of Houston. As a result, the emissions from Houston are several times greater than those of Barcelona. As a result, the emissions from Houston are several times greater than those of Barcelona. Urban sprawl increases infrastructure costs by 10% to 40% and intensifies a […]

6 June 2017

New urban alliance unites 600m city dwellers in fight against climate change

When it comes to confronting climate change, the world’s cities are proving that there’s strength in unity. The two biggest coalitions of cities in the world – the EU-based Covenant of Mayors and the UN-backed Compact of Mayors – are forming an alliance to link more than 600 million city dwellers in the fight against […]

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