Energy efficiency

14 December 2018

Norway to host world’s first zero-emission cement plant

The cement industry is the world’s second largest industrial emitter of CO2 after steel, accounting from more than 6% of global emissions. If the European cement sector were a country, it would emit as much CO2 as Belgium. The Norcem Brevik Norway is well on the way to becoming the world’s first carbon-free cement plant, a […]

12 December 2018

Cost of solar power to fall dramatically by 2030

The cost of large-scale solar generation is expected to fall below £40/MWh by 2030, according to the latest assessment by the Solar Trade Association (STA). The organisation said its previous assessment from 2014, which predicted the levelised cost of energy to hit £80/MWh by 2019, has turned out to be too conservative, with the figure […]

28 November 2018

Nations must triple climate efforts to reach 2°C target, says new UN report

Nations must triple efforts to reach 2°C target, concludes the United Nation Environment Programme’s (UN Environment) annual review of global emissions, climate action. Indeed countries are failing to take the action needed to stave off the worst effects of climate change,  and the commitments made in the 2015 Paris agreement will not be met unless governments introduce additional […]

27 November 2018

EEA: progress on energy efficiency is slowing

A rise in energy consumption in Europe, particularly in the transport sector is causing a slowdown in EU efforts to reach renewables and energy efficiency targets, says the European Environment Agency (EEA) in its latest report. The slowdown is putting at risk the European Union‘s ability to meet its 2020 and 2030 targets. Rising energy consumption, […]

23 November 2018

Volvo and Skanska report dramatic savings at electric-powered quarry

The Electric Site project led byVolvo CE and its customer Skanska aims to electrify each transport stage in a quarry – from excavation to primary crushing, and transport to secondary crushing. After 10 weeks of testing results show that their Electric Site research project has achieved results including a 98% reduction in carbon emissions, a […]

21 November 2018

Timber school in Brazil wins RIBA international eco prize

A timber and mud-brick ‘Children Village’ in Brazil, which doesn’t need air-con even in 45 degree heat has won the Royal Institute of British Architects prize for the best building in the world. It is an unlikely accolade to find bestowed on a remote school the “Children Village”, in a far-flung part of Brazil. , designed […]

20 November 2018

10 EU countries demand net-zero emission goal in new climate strategy

In the run-up to December’s COP24 climate conference in Poland, ministers from ten EU countries have urged the EU to chart a “credible and detailed” path towards net-zero emissions in 2050. Energy and environment ministers from Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden have co-signed a joint letter to EU Commissioner Miguel […]

16 November 2018

Green construction increases property value, new study shows

A US study shows that green construction methods increase a building’s value by 4%. The World Green Building Trends 2016 SmartMarket Report (Dodge Data & Analytics’  ) found that leading green building contractors are implementing sustainable practices across their projects and company culture which not only minimize their environmental impact but also to attain competitive advantage […]

14 November 2018

EU backs ‘citizen energy generation communities’

The EU has agreed a legal framework for “citizen energy communities”. Groups of individual consumers can thus generate energy for home use and pool surplus energy for sale to the national grid. The deal should be a boost for small-scale renewable energy production. There are currently around 3,000 energy communities across Europe, according to REScoop.eu, the […]

13 November 2018

International green construction code developed to help cities prepare for the future

A groundbreaking model for building codes helps cities save money, protect resources and increase resilience and safety worldwide and has been developed  by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), International Code Council, ASHRAE and the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES). The 2018 International Green Construction Code (2018-IgCC) is a model code that has wide applicability for incorporating resilient, high-performance green building strategies into building […]

9 November 2018

Swedish researchers develop energy-storage molecule

​A research group from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, is developing a specially designed molecule which can store solar energy for later use. The molecule, made from carbon, hydrogen and nitrogen, has the unique property that when it is hit by sunlight, it is transformed into an energy-rich isomer – a molecule which consists of […]

19 October 2018

IEA issues warning: record global carbon emissions in 2018

Global carbon emissions will rise to a new record level in 2018, making the chances of reaching a target to keep temperature increases to 1.5 or 2°C “weaker and weaker every year, every month,” the International Energy Agency (IEA) has stated. IEA’s Fatih Birol told a conference in Paris that data for the first nine […]

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