Energy efficiency

25 June 2019

Eurima calls for coordinated EU action plan to deliver sustainable building stock by 2050

Better buildings can play a decisive role in addressing the biggest challenges facing the European Union in the coming years, but this requires a proper coordination structure at the EU-level to maximise the societal benefits of sustainable renovation. In a White Paper drawn up by Eurima (the European Insulation Manufacturers Association), policies affecting one of […]

19 June 2019

Wind and solar to deliver half the world’s power by 2050

The latest New Energy Outlook (NEO) report from Bloomberg reveals that its projections for the global renewables sector have been upgraded once again thanks to “deep declines” in wind, solar, and battery costs. Rather than peaking in 2027, as previously estimated, power sector emissions may have peaked last year and are now on track to fall […]

11 June 2019

EU launches €10 billion fund for low carbon technologies

An investment programme worth over €10 billion has been launched by the EU to fund the development of low-carbon technologies in several sectors. The Innovation Fund will focus on highly innovative technologies and big flagship projects with European value added that can bring on significant emission reductions, cross-cutting projects on innovative low-carbon solutions, and also small-scale projects. It aims to support project promoters […]

31 May 2019

Groundbreaking CO₂ carbon removal technology project launched in US

A potential solution for cutting carbon being emitted to the atmosphere lies in the form of direct air capture (DAC) – technology which uses low-carbon electricity to power fans and motors that remove CO₂ from the atmosphere. One of the leading developers in this field, the Canadian clean energy company Carbon Engineering, has begun the […]

3 May 2019

Big Apple to legislate for green roofs on new constructions

New York City is to replace its glass and steel skyline with trading one replete with plants, solar panels, and wind turbines. Legislation being passed by New York City Council passed a historic act is to turn the city green. In April, the city council approved the Climate Mobilization Act, a package of bills and resolutions designed […]

30 April 2019

Brazil hosts world’s first ‘LEED Zero’ building

Platinum used to be the ultimate LEED rating. Not anymore. Under a new program, LEED Zero, construction projects have to show zero impact in at least one of four categories: energy, carbon, water, or waste. The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has now awarded its first LEED Zero certification, for net-zero energy, to engineering and consulting […]

26 April 2019

World’s tallest timber-framed “plyscraper” opens in Norway

Located in central Norway, Mjøstårnet is a 280-foot-tall timber-framed structure that is pushing the limits of architecture and setting a path for the sustainable cities of tomorrow The new high-rise edifice built almost entirely of wood—call it a “plyscraper”—has opened its doors. The Mjøstårnet building, which includes a hotel, restaurants, offices, and apartments, stands at […]

24 April 2019

80% of Europe’s heating and cooling to be met by renewables in 2050

Heating and cooling consumes around half of the EU’s energy. Without tackling this sector the EU’s decarbonisation goals cannot be realised. The EU’s Long-Term Strategy is a strategic vision for a climate neutral economy by 2050. It covers all major sectors and nearly all EU policies for a concerted effort to keep temperature increases well […]

19 April 2019

Seven reasons why embodied carbon matters

While the construction industry has made great strides in addressing operational energy consumption (the amount of energy used to run the building), embodied carbon has been given the same attention. Most calculations around the carbon footprint of work often don’t account for embodied carbon: the carbon emissions produced as a result of the harvest/extraction, refinement […]

17 April 2019

New IEA report points to critical role of buildings in clean energy transition

The world’s energy supply is almost as carbon intensive as it was two decades ago. Energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions rose by 1.7% in 2018, following an increase of 1.6% in 2017. This comes after three years of emissions staying flat and is due to a variety of factors, including economic growth, extreme weather and […]

16 April 2019

Algae are being used to increase the output of solar panels

Researchers in Sweden have developed a technique for improving the performance of solar panels through the use of an innovative algae material. The LIFE SUNALGAE project is the first of its kind that extract and utilize the shell of certain types of algae to enhance the performance of solar panels. The technology which moves into […]

10 April 2019

IRENA study: Renewable energy could meet 86% of global power demand by 2050

If policymakers, businesses and investors across the world collaborate to scale-up renewable energy and to electrify sectors such as transport and heavy industry, 86% of the global power demand could be met with clean energy by 2050, new research from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has found. IRENA’s new report, entitled “Global Energy Transformation: A […]

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