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17 April 2019

New IEA report points to critical role of buildings in clean energy transition

The world’s energy supply is almost as carbon intensive as it was two decades ago. Energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions rose by 1.7% in 2018, following an increase of 1.6% in 2017. This comes after three years of emissions staying flat and is due to a variety of factors, including economic growth, extreme weather and […]

12 April 2019

EU research programme needs a holistic approach for construction to build a sustainable Europe

Representatives of the construction industry at European level have called for a ‘holistic approach’ in the EU’s Horizon Europe research programme. They call for the EU to set up a Co-programmed European Partnership on the Built Environment and Construction. At an event organised by CECE at the Bauma trade fair  public officials from the European […]

10 April 2019

IRENA study: Renewable energy could meet 86% of global power demand by 2050

If policymakers, businesses and investors across the world collaborate to scale-up renewable energy and to electrify sectors such as transport and heavy industry, 86% of the global power demand could be met with clean energy by 2050, new research from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has found. IRENA’s new report, entitled “Global Energy Transformation: A […]

29 March 2019

New study: EU on track for 50% emission cuts by 2030

A new climate analysis argues that emissions in the EU will be cut by at least 50% cuts under a ‘business-as-usual’ scenario which takes into account the latest coal phase-out pledges. The study undertaken by the climate think-tank Sandbag includes all the phase-outs already on the books, including France (2021), Italy (2025) and the Netherlands (2029). And […]

27 March 2019

CECE draws up ‘Construction 2030’ strategy for the European Union

CECE, the Brussels-based construction equipment association, is spearheading an ambitious Europe-wide industry development strategy to be known as ‘Construction 2030’. It is hoped that the strategy will be adopted by the new EU Commission executive which takes over later in the year. CECE Secretary General, Riccardo Viaggi, explained that construction industry players are working on […]

27 March 2019

How to build a sustainability culture in the construction industry

“Creating a sustainability culture in the construction industry involves going “above and beyond” expectations”, concluded a recent webinar on embedding sustainability cultures in companies. The webinar sponsored by Reconomy, highlighted some of the overarching challenges and opportunities facing the sector in the drive to lower carbon emissions, waste, and resource usage. Construction is at a […]

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 March 2019

New EU study shows scenarios for fossil-free energy by 2050

Cutting energy use in buildings, ramping up renewable electricity and developing large-scale storage with hydrogen are key tracks to bring energy emissions down to zero by 2050, according to a new study. Buildings renovation, for instance, can bring up to €23 billion worth of savings on energy bills for households. “The debate is no longer […]

12 March 2019

‘Architects need to wake up to the carbon emergency’

Since the 2007 Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change, some progress has been made in the past 12 years. New buildings have become more energy-efficient and pioneering architects are exploring radical new ways of using materials. Yet the focus on eco-design we saw over a decade ago has dissipated. While the UK government […]

5 March 2019

Setting carbon targets for the supply chain has a powerful ripple effect

The construction firm Multiplex Europe which has an ambition to reduce direct emissions by 30% by 2030 has found positive benefits from implementing carbon targets across its supply chain. Indeed target setting can strengthen relations with the supply chain, asserts the firm’s sustainability manager Pavan Juttla. Setting targets that have the potential to spark large-scale […]

1 March 2019

Progress report published on European Level(s) sustainable buildings framework

In 2017, the European Commission introduced Level(s) – a new framework of indicators to report on the sustainability performance of buildings. The new reporting system is currently being tested in 136 building projects across 21 countries and the EU has published a progress report. Of the projects testing Level(s), 74 are residential and 62 are […]

27 February 2019

New Procurement approach improves inner city housing renovation

A new approach to the funding and public procurement of renovation work for council housing renovation is being trialled under the EU-funded Remourban programme. The model uses an innovative, whole-life approach to finance; the cost of the works is designed to be equal to the expected savings in maintenance and energy over a 30-year period. […]

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