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Liverpool, a frontrunner city in re-naturing public spaces

1 week 4 days ago

The English city is leaving behind its maritime past by introducing innovative green solutions into its urban spaces

 

If you happen to swing by Liverpool in the future, you will probably see a tree urban drainage system in Bold Street, where people frequently shop.

 

Surface water flooding is a problem in many cities. Rainwater cannot penetrate cemented soil, and storms often overwhelm available sewage systems affecting properties and livelihoods.

 

Alessandra Barbieri

Training videos for owners of micro anaerobic digestion plants

1 week 4 days ago

In the frame of the BiogasAction H2020 project, the Severn Wye Energy Agency (SWEA) has been concentrating its activities on promoting the concept of small-scale, on-farm and waste based anaerobic digestion (AD).

 

As part of its capacity-building actions, SWEA developed AD training videos aimed at the micro- AD plant owners that may not have the time to commit to more in-depth training,

but they are not intended to replace more in-depth training. 

 

Six 3-5 minute-long films cover key aspects of managing a micro-AD plant:

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Triodos Bank Spain office in Malaga

1 week 4 days ago

“Green Solutions Awards help us to raise awareness about the need to pay attention to health in the architecture exercise,” says architect Marta Torralba Triodos Bank Spain office in Malaga, designed by sAtt Arquitectura Abierta, won the second prize in the Health & Wellness category during the international final of the Green Solutions Awards 2017, and was also the winner of the same national awards’ category.

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Drones could add £42 billion to the UK economy, while improving sustainability

1 week 4 days ago

Drone technology has the potential to transform our economies to be more sustainable and efficient.

 

The professional services group looked at the impact that drones could have upon the UK economy, finding significant improvements across all sectors.

 

Adopting new technologies, such as drones, are seen as important ways to monitor and manage the increased risks posed by climate change.

 

They could also add £42 billion to the UK economy, of which £1.1 billion is within agriculture, mining, and energy.

 

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Siemens comes on board to support Europe’s largest battery plant

1 week 4 days ago

A new partnership between a Swedish energy start up and Siemens is expected to fast track the construction of a major battery factory in Europe.

 

Stockholm-based Northvolt is in the process of building a demonstration plant to develop industrial scale lithium-ion batteries.

 

The company is aiming to produce 32 gigawatt hours (GWh) of battery capacity each year, which will rival US and Chinese factories.

 

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Register NOW for the WEBINAR ON LEVEL(s): Building sustainability performance

1 week 5 days ago

This Webinar is focused on teaching you all about Level(s), the new EU tool that provides a common EU approach to the assessment of environmental performance in the building environment.

The audience is aimed specifically at architects and all professionals in the building environment, who are interested in sustainable construction. There will be an explanation on how you can participate in future testing of Level(s).

 

AGENDA

12h00: Welcome and Introduction by Judit KIMPIAN

 

Mellissa Pearce

Bio-based houses are seducing Latin America

2 weeks 4 days ago

The use of natural materials is growing rapidly in Argentina and other South American countries. Technical progress and policy implementation seem to go hand in hand

 

isobio youris

Hamburg applies the brakes on diesel vehicles

2 weeks 4 days ago

Hamburg has become the first German city to restrict the use of diesel vehicles in response to a court ruling earlier this year.
Germany’s second largest city has started to unveil signs preventing older diesel vehicles, which do not meet EU emissions standards, from entering two major thoroughfares. The ban will take force on 31 May, according to the local government, and police will issue fines of up to 75 euros to offending vehicles.

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New ‘warming stripes’ show urgency of climate action

2 weeks 4 days ago

A new set of visualisations which show the long term rise in temperatures and the urgency of climate action have been published this week by University of Reading climate scientist Ed Hawkins.
The ‘warming stripes’, which each represent the temperature of a single year, show how global temperatures (above) have seen an increase in temperature of 1.35°C since 1850.
UK, US and Canadian visualisations (below) also show how temperatures were cooler when greenhouse gas concentrations were far lower, but have risen to  record breaking averages in recent years

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What if building insulation materials were heavily carbon negative, economically viable, in abundant supply and recyclable?

2 weeks 4 days ago

According to the International Energy Agency (IEA) 2014 report, buildings consume more than one third of the energy and half of the electricity consumed globally, while generating one-third of global carbon emissions.

 

Furthermore, considering the expected increase of the world population by 2.5bn people by 2050, buildings’ energy consumption will pressurize even more the global energy system.

 

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The dream smart city

2 weeks 4 days ago

A Smart City is a city where life has become very easy.
Bus tickets can be bought directly from an App while private vehicles are replaced by cars and bikes shared by the public. Buses and cars don’t run on gas or other conventional fuels but are powered by electricity. Charging infrastructures are disseminated all around the city, so there is no need to go to the gas tank anymore! Consequences of all these improvements in mobility are the reduction of energy consumption and CO2 emissions and the reduction of the door-to-door journey time.

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Scotland sets a new 90% carbon reduction target

2 weeks 4 days ago

A draft bill put before the Scottish Parliament has set a goal of reducing carbon emissions to almost zero by 2050.
The 90 percent reduction target is an increase on the current 80 percent level set by the UK-wide Climate Change Act in 2008.
The Scottish Government also added that a 100 percent, or net zero, target will be reviewed and implemented as soon as possible.

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New EU rules will make investors report on environmental risk

2 weeks 4 days ago

The European Commission has released fresh proposals to ensure the financial sector contributes towards combating climate change.
New rules and guidance have been created to make it easier for investors to understand and act on sustainability and climate risk concerns. The creation of a ‘taxonomy’ will help define and clarify what investments are, and aren’t, green.
The regulations also propose forcing asset managers and institutional investors to disclose how they are factoring in environmental risk into their investment decisions.

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City Finance Lab to launch beginning of June

2 weeks 4 days ago

A new initiative run by South Pole Group and supported by EIT Climate-KIC aims to unlock at least $500 million for climate action in cities over the next 5 years by supporting the development of innovative financial instruments.
The City Finance Lab (CFL) will open its first call for ideas for cutting edge climate finance instruments for cities on 4 June 2018. The call for proposals will run until 20 July 2018 with the aim of unlocking significant investment in critical urban climate mitigation, adaptation and resilience projects in European cities.

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Unique renewables project is funding social housing in Scotland

2 weeks 4 days ago

A wind farm developed by a housing association has exceeded expectations in its first year of operation.
Since its construction last year, the Fisherman Three wind farm has generated 24 million units of clean electricity, helping to provide £37,500 in community benefits.
The project consists of three wind turbines located on the Scottish coast, near to a nuclear power station.

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Hilton makes new commitment to slash emissions by 61%

2 weeks 4 days ago

Hilton Hotels has made a major step towards supporting efforts to tackle climate change and sustainable development.
New targets have been set across the business to reduce carbon emissions, heavily cut consumption and promote sustainability.
It now has a goal to cut carbon emissions by 61 percent by 2030, creating in line with the Science Based Targets initiative. The campaign exists to help major corporates how to cut emissions in line with the Paris climate agreement.

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Timber prefabricated multifunctional facade in 4RinEu project

3 weeks ago

One of the main objectives of 4RinEU is to improve the energy performances of existing buildings through the renovation of their envelope. Therefore, within the project, a new concept of façade is being developed, namely a timber prefabricated multifunctional façade. These façade elements do not replace the existing façade, but they are added externally to the existing façade to increase its performances.

Riccardo Pinotti

A new study on variable diffusivity membranes

3 weeks ago

Vapour barriers and retarders are often needed to improve the hygro-thermal performance of the building envelope. Their use is particularly important in prefabricated timber façades, especially when critical boundary conditions occur.

However, considering the growing interest and use of such timber facade elements, an analysis of the performance of integrated membranes is needed in order to improve the material function curves available in the data­sheets to enable the correct design of the whole wall structure.

Riccardo Pinotti