Policy

14 December 2018

Norway to host world’s first zero-emission cement plant

The cement industry is the world’s second largest industrial emitter of CO2 after steel, accounting from more than 6% of global emissions. If the European cement sector were a country, it would emit as much CO2 as Belgium. The Norcem Brevik Norway is well on the way to becoming the world’s first carbon-free cement plant, a […]

11 December 2018

COP24: Tackle climate or face financial crash, say world’s biggest investors

Major global investors have urged the United Nation’s COP24 summit in Poland to end all coal burning and introduce substantial taxes on emissions. The group of investors which manage more than $32tn in assets have called for urgent cuts in carbon emissions without which, it warns, the world faces a financial crash several times worse […]

7 December 2018

COP24: Construction sector highlights untapped potential for emissions cuts

Dramatic action will be needed by governments, cities and business if the global buildings and construction sector is to cut its carbon footprint in line with international agreements, according to a report released at COP24. The 2018 Global Status Report — “Towards a Zero-Emission, Efficient and Resilient Buildings and Construction Sector, from by the Global […]

5 December 2018

COP24: EU takes the lead with ‘Climate Neutral’ drive

The EU has set an objective of being a climate neutral economy by 2050. The strategy which it has taken to the COP24 climate talks in Poland shows how Europe can lead the way to climate neutrality by investing into realistic technological solutions, empowering citizens, and aligning action in key areas such as industrial policy, […]

4 December 2018

World Bank commits $200 billion for Climate Action

As the COP24 climate summit convened in Katowice, Poland, the World Bank Group announced a doubling of its financial support for climate action to $200 billion. The funding is targeted at the 2021-2025 timeframe to enable countries to embark on more ambitious climate action programmes. The new finance will focus on: Cities: to help 100 cities […]

30 November 2018

COP24: Industry leaders call for ambitious shift to low carbon economy

CEOs of 50 major global companies representing more than $1.5tr in revenue have urged world leaders to collaborate more closely with the private sector in order to rapidly speed up the transition towards a low carbon economy. Ahead of the UN Climate Summit in Poland, leading bosses are calling for more ambitious policy levers to […]

20 November 2018

10 EU countries demand net-zero emission goal in new climate strategy

In the run-up to December’s COP24 climate conference in Poland, ministers from ten EU countries have urged the EU to chart a “credible and detailed” path towards net-zero emissions in 2050. Energy and environment ministers from Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden have co-signed a joint letter to EU Commissioner Miguel […]

13 November 2018

International green construction code developed to help cities prepare for the future

A groundbreaking model for building codes helps cities save money, protect resources and increase resilience and safety worldwide and has been developed  by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), International Code Council, ASHRAE and the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES). The 2018 International Green Construction Code (2018-IgCC) is a model code that has wide applicability for incorporating resilient, high-performance green building strategies into building […]

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 […]

23 October 2018

Climate change manifesto drawn up by global cement industry

The World Cement Association (WCA) has released a climate change manifesto designed to help the industry cut its greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Paris Agreement’s goal of keeping average global temperature rises ‘well below’ 2C. The WCA Climate Change Action plan outlines measures to help its members develop climate protection strategies and embrace […]

12 October 2018

WorldGBC’s action points for the building sector to go green

The World Green Business Council (WorldGBC) launched its Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment, in September  with 38 founding signatories. Buildings are responsible for 39 per cent of global carbon emissions. The commitment is to reduce this to zero per cent by 2050. Signatories can determine their own roadmap towards decarbonising all energy related Scope 1 […]

11 October 2018

Sweden aims to be climate neutral by 2045

Through roadmaps from different business sectors, including the cement & concrete and construction industries, Sweden aims to be climate neutral by 2045. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is no longer considered a burden and is now a natural step towards strengthening competitiveness. Read the full roadmap here.  Ahead of the COP 21 climate change conference in […]

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