Industry News

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 […]

19 July 2019

Consortium plans high-wave floating solar panel parks in the North Sea

A Belgian consortium has launched a project in high-wave offshore solar technology with the aim of building floating solar parks in the North Sea. The partners of Tractebel, Jan De Nul Group, DEME, Soltech and Ghent University believe that solar photovoltaic (PV) panels in offshore waters are one of the essential future green energy sources. […]

17 July 2019

775 cities in 16 countries back ‘climate emergency’ call

The latest research from the Crowther Lab predicts that Madrid’s climate in 2050 will resemble Marrakech’s climate today, Stockholm will resemble Budapest, London will be more like Barcelona, and Tokyo’s climate will more closely resemble Changsha’s. In addition, 22 % of cities will experience climate conditions that are not currently experienced by any existing major […]

16 July 2019

Recycling of construction waste at centre of award winning Oslo development project

One of the winners of the C40 Cities ‘Reinventing Cities competition’ is a project of the Municipality of Oslo to create a residential and commercial space with ambitious carbon-neutral and net-zero energy goals. C40 Cities, an international network of 94 municipalities committed to realizing the goals of the Paris Agreement. The ‘RECIPE FOR FUTURE LIVING’ […]

12 July 2019

Battery storage and rooftop solar could change future of grid electricity

Developments in battery storage technology open the way for rooftop solar installations on residential and office buildings could drive a revolution in the energy sector and turning the concept of a national electricity grid upside down. Batteries as a means to store electricity are nothing new. But with solar photovoltaic units now found on many residential […]

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, […]

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 […]

5 July 2019

Green Finance Institute launched in London to promote eco funding

The Green Finance Institute has been launched in London with a key role in enabling investors and businesses to collaborate and discuss green projects with greater clarity . The GFS is being funded by The City of London Corporation, alongside the UK Government. “What is quite profound about the way the GFS is positioned is […]

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 […]

2 July 2019

Malaysian Forest City project integrates green industry, infrastructure and residential

The Malaysian city of Johor has embarked on a comprehensive green smart new city project known as Forest City. The project is a mixed-use development on four man-made islands in the Johor Strait. It combines high-end, infrastructure and residential accommodation. It aims to building a green and smart city, providing human beings with an environmentally […]

28 June 2019

100 largest cities create 10% of global emissions

New research published by C40 Cities has warned that cities may have a greater influence over global emissions than was previously thought. A report based on the research, which was undertaken in partnership with Arup and the University of Leeds, revealed how the world’s 100 biggest cities are responsible for around 10 percent of all emissions, despite having taken positive steps […]

26 June 2019

Major investors with $34 trillion urge G20 leaders to speed up climate action

In a further example of serious financial interests getting concerned about the climate debate, fund managers with some $34 trillion under management have called upon world leaders to step up climate action. Specifically the superannuation funds and investors have demanded that leaders of the G20 group meeting in Japan, bring in carbon pricing and phase out […]

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