Innovation

21 June 2019

‘BioSolar Leaf’ developed to purify urban air

The world’s first ‘BioSolar Leaf’ has been developed to remove greenhouse gases from the environment by purifying the air through the photosynthesis of microscopic plants,whilst generating breathable oxygen. The innovative technology has been developed Imperial College London together with the start-up company Arborea. The innovative cultivation system is designed to facilitate the growth of tiny […]

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 […]

29 May 2019

First satellite CO2 monitoring fleet to be put in space

Europe is readying a new fleet of satellites that will monitor CO2 emissions at every point on earth, creating the first worldwide system to independently track polluters. Three orbiters will give first complete view of earth’s surface, transforming the way carbon emissions are monitored and reported. The fleet of three satellites is slated for launch […]

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 […]

21 May 2019

“Community Solar” solutions on the rise globally

Sharing local solar power generation is on the increase as a potential sustainability solution for green urban environments. “Community solar” can either be ‘community-owned’ solar generation projects or third party-owned plants whose electricity is shared by a community. The primary purpose of community solar is to allow members of a community the opportunity to share […]

10 May 2019

‘Street Tree Pods’ designed for sustainable city centre housing

A potential solution to housing shortages in city centres is a design for a sustainable treehouse. Street Tree Pods take up the same amount of space as a single car-parking bay, the Street Tree Pods are teardrop-shaped structures made from wood, designed to merge with existing or new trees. Each structure would offer accommodation to a single occupant, […]

7 May 2019

“Climate-Smart” wood being developed in Northern America

Mass timber construction is gaining ground in North America, with the frequent justification that it reduces embodied carbon (the upfront greenhouse gas emissions associated with manufacture and transportation of materials) when compared with concrete or steel. But not all wood products are created equal when it comes to carbon emissions, according to the newly created Climate-Smart Wood Group. The […]

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 […]

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