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Social Impact Bonds and Sustainable Bonds: new financial leverage?

Green or Sustainable Finance? According to the UN, nearly 70% of the world's population will live in urban areas by 2050. As a result, spatial planning issues are closely linked to environmental, but also social and societal criteria that...

The Green Solution Award 2018: 136 candidates from 17 countries: who will you vote for?

  This is it! Construction21 closed the applications to its international contest for sustainable solutions: the Green Solutions Awards 2018. 136 participants will represent their country and try to become the champion of their category....

How to take ESG criteria into account in real estate?

2018: a year of transition for Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) applied to real estate? The integration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks into real estate investment strategies is evolving, as evidenced by the 11%...

Huge change in energy investment needed to meet climate targets

Investment in clean energy must increase by up to 50 percent in some economies to limit global temperatures to 1.5 degrees Celsius. This is one of the findings from a new scientific study on the financial requirements of the Paris climate...

‘Urgent action’ needed to boost renewable heat and transport

A new report has highlighted the continued dominance of renewable power to the detriment of other clean energy sectors, which seriously lag behind. The non-profit REN21 has released data compiled from official government sources,...

Watch the first ManagEnergy Talk with Rob Hopkins

As stakeholders of the sustainable energy field gathered in Brussels for the EU Sustainable Energy Week, they had the chance to end the second day of the Policy Conference on an inspirational note. For its first edition, the ManagEnergy...

Mission Innovation Champions - recognition programme for clean energy innovators

Mission Innovation has launched a new recognition programme Mission Innovation Champions to celebrate and support innovative individuals who are accelerating the clean energy revolution. The programme was launched at the occasion...

A breakthough has been made in lowering cost carbon capture technology

Planting trees is a simple way to offset some of the carbon emissions we pump into the atmosphere. But alone it is not enough to prevent the runaway impacts of climate change.   New research claims to have made a major step forward in the...

[avniR] conference: call for contribution has been extended until 29 June 2018

[avniR] platform is pleased to invite you to participate in the call for contributions for the 8th international [avniR] Conference in Lilliad, Lille, France, on 7th & 8th of November 2018.   This 8th edition: Circular economy,...

Reports: Germany set to miss 2020 climate targets

An official Government report will show that Germany has missed its 2020 target to cut carbon emissions. The revelation, reported in the German magazine Der Spiegel, will put pressure on Chancellor Angela Merkel to address the country’s...

[Webinar recordings] A common language to boost non-residential renovation

Non-residential building renovation is a complex topic involving different actors such as asset managers, building professionals, manufacturers, public administrations and, of course, building occupiers. Speaking a common language,...

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...