Innovation

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

7 November 2018

New governmental initiative targets 100 low carbon solutions

The EU-backed ‘Mission Innovation consortia’ has launched new project to identify 100 large scale investment opportunities that can play a key role in moving the world onto a 1.5°C warming trajectory. Known as the ‘Countdown to 100 low-carbon solutions’, the new programme aims encourage governments to identify 100 investments with the potential to reduce carbon […]

2 November 2018

Concrete sector can cut emissions by 80% with only “moderate” investment, says report

The cement and concrete sector, together responsible for 8% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, can radically cut its climate impact with only “moderate” investment, according to a study released this week by Swiss scientists. Emissions can be cut by 80% by 2050 in the concrete construction sector, against a 1990 baseline, without major changes […]

31 October 2018

Construction sector productivity could rise ten fold through greater prefabrication

The construction industry employs about 7 % of the world’s working-age population and is one of the world economy’s largest sectors, with $10 trillion spent on construction-related goods and services every year. But the industry has an intractable productivity problem and, according to Reinventing construction: A route to higher productivity, a new McKinsey Global Institute report, an opportunity […]

30 October 2018

An innovative solution for recycled plastics is hybrid asphalt for building roads

An innovative solution for all the plastic that is choking the world’s landfills is to recycle it and use it to build roads. When bound together with plastic polymers, the asphalt created will be cheaper and last longer than conventional pavement, according to independent experts. One European firm already is combining plastic pellets with hot-mix […]

17 October 2018

‘Green’ building insulation developed from mushrooms

A mushroom-based insulation material for the construction industry has won an international award for innovation. A team of UK researchers has developed a building insulation made of mycelium – the vegetative part of a mushroom. The product offers a high level of insulation qualities, is naturally self-extinguishing, feeds off waste while it grows, and purifies […]

5 October 2018

US teams up with Norway to advance carbon capture technology

The US engineering- and construction company Fluor has signed an agreement for use of the Norwegian test facility Technology Center Mongstad (TCM) in Nordhordland. This project will contribute to strengthen the energy technology cooperation between Norway and the United States. Fluor has long history in developing solutions for capturing carbon dioxide (CO2). The company now wants […]

3 October 2018

Volvo CE and Skanska start testing first emissions-free quarry – video

Volvo CE and Skanska are testing the viability of its Electric Site concept at Skanska’s Vikan Kross quarry, near Gothenburg, Sweden. The system, which incorporates electric and autonomous Volvo machines, should deliver an anticipated up to 95% reduction in carbon emissions and up to 25% reduction in total cost of operations. Known as Electric Site, […]

25 September 2018

European banks test Green Mortgages in shift to climate-friendly lending

Thirty-nine European banks agreed to test a new type of green mortgage under which borrowers ensure their properties abide by a suite of energy efficiency standards. The proposed standards are being set by the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) and backed by companies including French bank BNP Paribas SA and German utility EON AG. They underscore […]

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