Infrastructure

13 August 2019

Record levels of investment flow into European Sustainable funds

First six months of 2019 saw record €36.9bn transferred into sustainable funds in Europe, according to research by Morningstar Sustainable investment funds are becoming increasingly popular among investors, according to new research from analyst house Morningstar that suggests sustainable funds pulled in record levels of investor cash in the first six months of 2019. In the first […]

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, […]

23 July 2019

California bullet train takes major step towards completion

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) approved some $1.6 billion worth of track and systems work for a piece of the $20 billion Bakersfield-to-Merced bullet train The Authority said the procurement schedule should allow it to meet its Dec. 31, 2022, Federal Railroad Administration deadline for completion. This is a critical goal if the authority wants […]

10 July 2019

100 year sustainable concrete developed by Australian researchers

A new type of concrete has been developed engineers at Deakin University, Australia, which is reinforced with carbon and glass fire reinforcement. The material will not need maintenance for 100 years, the researchers maintain. As a first construction a pedestrian bridge is being built at port Campbell Creek, Victoria, which has been designed using rugged, […]

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 […]

14 May 2019

Skanska UK targets supply chain to become carbon neutral by 2045

A new carbon reduction target has been announced by Skanska UK, which includes cutting all direct and supply chain emissions. The goal is for Skanska UK’s portfolio of projects to be carbon neutral by 2045. By 2030, the objective is to cut total emissions by 50 per cent of 2010 level. Also by 2030, Skanska […]

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 […]

5 April 2019

Climate-proof floating cities for areas under threat

Oceanix City is new habitation concept intended to be developed in sub-tropical and tropical areas that are most at risk of flooding first, but could soon offer a more attractive living environment. The scheme was unveiled at the First UN High-level Roundtable on Sustainable Floating Cities, which Oceanix co-convened with MIT, the Explorers Club and […]

2 April 2019

First PAS 2080 verification for UK construction supplier

The first UK construction materials supplier has achieved PAS 2080 verification after demonstrating its ongoing commitment to supplying low carbon solutions to infrastructure projects. Aggregate Industries underwent a rigorous, independent audit process by the BSI to be certified as the first supplier of its kind that can ensure delivery of infrastructure projects meet the PAS […]

19 March 2019

PAS 2080 helps lead the way in low carbon infrastructure

To slow the effects of climate change, it is essential that the potential impact of infrastructure schemes is considered right from the start. Failure to address carbon emissions at the earliest project design stages can significantly hamper efforts to reduce their environmental impact, as the choices available to the delivery team diminish as the project […]

15 February 2019

New low-carbon ‘concrete’ made from desert sand

A new construction material which is as strong as concrete but has half the carbon footprint has been developed by scientists at Imperial College London. Called Finite, the material is a biodegradable product made from desert sand – a resource that has until now been useless for construction. The breakthrough comes amid increasing concern about the world’s […]

15 January 2019

Decentralised solar power is bringing light to remote African villages

Families in remote areas of sub-Saharan Africa with no grid electricity are benefiting was spread of a new generation of home solar systems. Indeed more than 600 million people in sub-Saharan Africa have no access to power. A new generation of solar packs, supported by innovating financing system is bring electric power to remote regions. […]

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