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Citizens Leading the Energy & Climate Transition Conference

This conference is a partnership between the European Covenant of Mayors Initiative, The Irish Government’s dialogue on climate action and the Tipperary Energy Agency. It will focus on how citizens can lead the energy & climate...

Macquarie Group offers £500m to finance sustainable projects

Australian investment group Macquarie has offered £500 million to finance green projects. The money forms part of a new £2 billion facility, with one-quarter earmarked for a range of sustainable initiatives. The first round of £250 million...

City of London commits to 100% renewable energy

The City of London Corporation has announced plans to source 100 percent of its electricity from renewables. The corporation is the governing body for London’s historic financial district, called the Square Mile, and is separately a major...

Interview with Philippe Madec, architect of Ecovillage des Noés

In 2017, the Ecovillage des Noés won the Sustainable City Grand Prize in the Green Solutions Awards France. A great reward for this project located in Ville-de-Reuil, one of the most recent French towns. Philippe Madec, architect of the...

Welsh Government offers £200m to support tidal lagoon plant project

The Welsh Government is offering to kick start a faltering clean energy project with the injection of £200 million. The tidal lagoon plant, to be located in Swansea Bay, has been in development for years, but is awaiting a subsidy contract...

The energy transition: an investment opportunity for cities and regions

An increasing number of large scale sustainable energy projects from public authorities across Europe are demonstrating the investment opportunity for cities and regions in the energy transition. From Croatia to Ireland, projects are...

Can Portabella Cultural Centre

“The visibility provided by the Green Solutions Awards, and being selected among the best projects gives us an interesting and positive professional prestige,” says architect Josep Bunyesc Can Portabella project of Bunyesc Arquitectes...

Green building bonds

Season 2.0 - Special Green Finance and Real Estate Since the Paris Agreement was adopted at COP21, the financial community has come together and taken major steps towards tackling climate change, such as during the One Planet Summit in...

Is it worth renovating old buildings?

The building sector is the largest energy-consuming sector in Europe. As retrofitting works are often unaffordable for people who own apartments in old blocks, the EU has had to step in   Spain is known as a land of sun and heat. But...

iBRoad publishes a Survey Analysis of the Markets for Individual Building Renovation Roadmaps

The Report "Understanding user needs" is an analytic report based on a survey of 1500+ participants from Bulgaria, Poland and Portugal.   The iBRoad project aims to eliminate barriers to deep renovation by developing an Individual...

Liverpool, a frontrunner city in re-naturing public spaces

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...

Google launches solar power calculator in the UK

Google has launched a new tool to help UK households work out the solar potential of their homes. The service, called Project Sunroof, combines data from Google’s Earth and Maps platforms to estimate how much untapped solar power there is...

Training videos for owners of micro anaerobic digestion plants

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-...

Triodos Bank Spain office in Malaga

“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...

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

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...

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

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...

Bio-based houses are seducing Latin America

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   The green building phenomenon in Latin America has...

Scotland sets a new 90% carbon reduction target

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...

New EU rules will make investors report on environmental risk

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...

City Finance Lab to launch beginning of June

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...