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27 September 2019

Launch of carbon report that calls for urgent action

The report Bringing Embodied Carbon Upfront was launched in New York on Wednesday, during the World Green Building Week. The report calls for coordinated action in the building and construction industry in order to radically reduce embodied carbon. The report includes a vision that by 2050, new buildings, infrastructure and renovations will have net zero […]

9 August 2019

LafargeHolcim develops world’s first full-cycle system for CO2 capture and reuse

LafargeHolcim in partnership with Inventrys and Total) have launched an ambitious project to develop the first full-cycle solution to capture and reuse CO2 from a cement plant. Through Project CO2MENT the consortium will demonstrate and evaluate Inventys’ CO2 Capture System and a selection of CO2 utilization technologies. The project being implemented at Lafarge’s Richmond, BC, […]

26 July 2019

EU creates €10 billion fund to strengthen circular economy

Five major banks located and operating within the European Union (EU) have agreed to work with the European Investment Bank (EIB) on a €10bn initiative to promote circular economy projects. The Joint Initiative on Circular Economy (JICE) will take place over the next five years and will be overseen by the EIB. In addition, five […]

24 July 2019

Integrating Green and Gray: report on next generation infrastructure

A new generation of infrastructure projects that harness the power of nature can help achieve development goals, including water security and climate resilience, according to a new report from the World Bank and World Resources Institute. Both organizations are calling for green infrastructure, such as mangroves and wetlands, to play a bigger role in traditional […]

9 July 2019

Fighting climate change through sustainable procurement

Sustainable procurement is an initiative where organisations meet their needs for utilities, goods and services in a way that minimises damage to the environment, while achieving value for money and benefitting not only the company, but society and the economy. By using sustainable procurement practices, businesses can not only “do their bit” for the environment […]

3 July 2019

Major trends impacting the construction industry

The construction industry has evolved dramatically since we started building skyrises by hand in the early 1900s. It will continue to change as new technology appears and is adopted by construction companies. Green materials, robotic workers, new technology, and augmented and virtual reality will continue to change the way companies create new buildings. Off-site construction […]

14 June 2019

Construction Equipment stakeholders call for a new EU policy approach

Construction equipment stakeholders are calling on the EU to build on the results of the current Construction 2020 initiative to fully achieve its potential. They have drawn up a new plan “Construction 2050: Building tomorrow’s Europe today” aimed at supporting the construction sector’s adaptation to key emerging challenges and to promote the sustainable competitiveness of […]

12 June 2019

Circular economy guide for construction sector published

A comprehensive guidance document to promote the practical application of circular economy principles on construction projects has been published by the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC). The detailed information in the Circular economy guidance for construction clients is designed to enable client organisations to include more ambitious circular design and construction best practices in project briefs […]

28 May 2019

Circular economy: construction industry calls for EU expert platform for circular building materials

Putting circular thinking at the heart of the construction sector and enabling it to play a much more central role in the circular economy requires a comprehensive strategy taking into account opportunities, challenges as well as developing goals with regard to circularity and building upon greater coherence of existing policy objectives and initiatives. This is […]

24 May 2019

Recycled EcoTiles provide a sustainable construction solution for developing countries

Many developing nations are struggling with plastics pollution and inadequate housing simultaneously. Enough plastic is thrown away each year to circle the earth 4 times The problem is particularly pronounced in Africa’s Sub-Saharan region, where plastic packaging collection rates are stagnating at 10% and 53 million citizens are believed to be living in slums. In a bid […]

22 May 2019

3 ways the construction industry can help the environment

It’s no secret that the construction industry has a significant impact on the environment. According to some studies, construction is responsible for up to 50% of climate change, 40% of energy usage globally, and 50% of landfill waste, not to mention air, water, and noise pollution and destruction of natural habitats. As the effects of climate […]

17 May 2019

Cement giant pledges carbon neutral concrete by 2050

The world’s fourth largest cement company has pledged to bring its emission reduction targets in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement. The cement sector accounts for around 7% of carbon dioxide emissions, and in a first for the industry HeidelbergCement, which employs some 58,000 people in 60 countries, committed to slash direct emissions by […]

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