Policy

9 October 2018

IPCC climate report: role of business in creating a carbon-neutral world

The world’s leading climate scientists have warned there is only a dozen years for global warming to be kept to a maximum of 1.5°C, beyond which even half a degree will significantly worsen the risks of drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people. The authors of the landmark report by […]

28 September 2018

Carbon Neutrality Coalition for net-zero emissions expands to 19 countries

In the build up to the COP24 Climate Summit in December some 19 countries have signed up to the Carbon Neutrality Coalition, committing their nations to delivering accelerated decarbonisation. The Declaration of the Carbon Neutrality Coalition has been signed by: Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Luxembourg, the Republic of the Marshall […]

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 […]

19 September 2018

Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment launched at the Global Climate Action Summit

The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) has launched its ‘Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment’ as part of the Global Climate Action Summit. It is starting with 38 signatories, made up of 12 businesses, 22 cities and four states and regions, showing an unprecedented statement of coordinated action from business and cities, states and regions. Businesses across […]

5 September 2018

EU to reduce import cost of Chinese solar panels

To help Europe achieve its renewable energy goals, the EU has decided to eliminate anti-dumping tariffs on Chinese solar panels. As a result, the EU anti-dumping and anti-subsidy measures will expire on 3 September after being in place for five years. The EU executive decided to impose the trade defense measures in 2013, accusing Beijing […]

6 July 2018

UK launches Construction Sector Deal to cut building energy use and emissions

The UK Government has launched a £420m construction sector deal, which provides a framework for the built environment sector to halve the energy use of new buildings by 2030. The dealwill see £170m of Government funding invested in innovations which seek to enhance resource efficiency, improve energy efficiency and cut greenhouse gas emissions across the […]

27 June 2018

London set to create largest fleet of electric buses in Europe

In a bid to combat toxic air levels polluting London, the city plans to increase the number of electric double-deckers in London more than ten-fold, with the vehicles set to be added to Transport for London’s (TfL) fleet in summer 2019. 68 fully-electric double-decker buses have been ordered in a bid to create the largest […]

26 June 2018

Skanska has obtained PAS2080 Verification to reduce the carbon footprint with greener solutions

Skanska has become the first UK firm to gain a new eco certification administered by BSI that recognises its carbon management processes. The PAS 2080: 2016 carbon management in infrastructure scheme aims to help infrastructure organisations reduce the volume of carbon used throughout their projects. Hear how Skanska partnered with BSI to obtain PAS 2080 […]

14 June 2018

Construction SMEs call for smarter building through digitization

The European Builders Confederation (EBC) and other major European construction industry associations have joined forces to publish the “European Construction Industry Manifesto for Digitalisation” – a strategic call for a strong political leadership from the European Union, an appropriate regulatory framework on data policy and a budgetary focus on digital skills, R&D and deployment of IT […]

6 June 2018

“The buildings sector is a laggard in climate action,” says WRI

By 2050, the global floor area in buildings is expected to double to more than 415 billion square meters, and buildings’ energy demand may increase by as much as 50 percent. As assets with useful lives average 50-100 years, buildings lock in decisions today like few others, especially in high-growth regions like India, China and […]

30 May 2018

EU moves to boost private investment in low-carbon technologies

The European Commission has drawn up proposals aimed at boosting private investment in low-carbon technologies like renewable energies while increasing transparency in sustainable finance to avoid green-washing. Brussels wants to leverage the contribution of the private sector in order to decarbonise the European economy and meet the objectives of the Paris Agreement on climate change. […]

16 May 2018

EU to set C02 limits for heavy-duty trucks

While cars and vans in the European Union have had limits on the amount of carbon they emit for some time, until now trucks have avoided the same fate. That will change this week, when the European Commission adopts a proposal for the EU’s first CO2 limits on heavy-duty vehicles. These vehicles make up just […]

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