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The dream smart city

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...

The human factor in saving energy

Throughout Europe buildings are still responsible for 40% of energy consumption and 36% of CO2 emissions. More renovation of the existing stock is needed. This is where citizens come into play   From 21 to 25  May the EU Green Week is...

New skills for the construction sector to achieve European energy targets

Through its BUILD UP Skills initiative, the EU aims to equip the next generation of construction sector workers – from manual labourers to design professionals and senior management – with the skills and knowledge needed to ensure building...

Plans released to transform London into a zero-carbon city

Ambitious plans have been released this week which seek to transform London into one of the world’s greenest cities. The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, unveiled the new environment strategy, which seeks to make the capital zero-carbon by...

Costa Rica to become the world’s first zero-carbon country

Costa Rica’s newly elected president is vowing to take the historic step of decarbonising the entire country. President Carlos Alvarado made the pledge in his inauguration speech this week, in which he described the “titanic and beautiful...

What has more influence over future heat wave exposure: Climate change or population growth?

A new study authored by researchers from the National Center for Atmospheric Research and the CUNY Institute for Demographic Research has found that more people will be exposed to heat-related extremes, not only due to global warming but...

Biotech in the built environment is turning Tallinn’s city waste circular

What happens to waste from cities? Could we build cities in future which will produce energy while consuming it? And how can we create interactions between nature and our urban architecture? Speaking at TedxBucharest in April, Marco...

iBRoad project publishes 8 country factsheets

The iBRoad project aims to design, develop and demonstrate Individual Building Renovation Roadmaps for single-family houses. This tool looks at the building as a whole, and provides a customised renovation plan over a long-term horizon...

Tourism’s carbon footprint is four times larger than first thought

Global tourism contributes an estimated 8 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new study on the issue, claimed to be the world’s first. Researchers at the University of Sydney analysed the carbon footprint of the tourism...

Global jobs in renewable energy top 10 million for the first time

A major new report has found that renewable energy now provides 10.3 million people with employment around the world. The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), which represents 156 member states, published the report today, which...

Poor countries will bear the brunt of temperature shifts

New research suggests the impacts of climate change will be unevenly distributed between rich and poor countries. Researchers from the Universities of Wageningen, Montpellier and Exeter analysed data from 37 different climate models to...

EU plans to massively increase spending on climate change

The European Commission has put forward its future budgetary plans, which include spending a quarter of its entire finances on tackling climate change. Under the new proposals, covering the period between 2021 and 2027, a total of €320...

C40 Reinventing Cities - 4 weeks to go!

#Savethedate On Thursday, May 3rd, the deadline for Reinventing Cities will be exactly four weeks away.  Join C40 Cities and 16 global cities in posting content about Reinventing Cities for a coordinated Day of Action that will support all...

Future risk of record-breaking summer temperatures and its mitigation

Extremely hot summers will become more likely in future decades, but to what extent? And to what extent will mitigation pathways help to limit the increase of this likelihood compared with a business-as-usual scenario of continued rise of ...

Copenhagenize offers a strategy for building bike-centric cities

Mikael Colville-Andersen, urban designer and founder of Copenhagenize—a design studio specialising in bike infrastructure—has now released a book, “Copenhagenize: The Definitive Guide to Global Bicycle Urbanism”, with the aim of promoting...

Understanding Potential User Needs

The 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 Building Renovation Roadmap for single-family houses. The...

The 17th China International Exposition of Housing Industry & Products and Equipment of Building Industrialization

The 17th China International Exposition of Housing Industry & Products and Equipment of Building Industrialization (hereafter referred to as CIEHI EXPO) will be held by the Chinese housing ministry MOHURD (specially by the Center of...

Reinventing Cities: C40 Launches Competition for Global Cities

Today 15 of the world’s great cities launched an unprecedented global competition to drive carbon neutral and resilient urban regeneration. C40’s Reinventing Cities initiative has already identified 46 underutilized spaces to redevelop,...

EU carbon emissions rise in sign of challenge ahead

The European Union’s total carbon emissions from fossil fuels rose last year by 1.8 percent, highlighting the challenge the bloc faces in meeting its climate targets. The official EU statistics agency, Eurostat, released the early figures...

ManagEnergy Master Class, 2nd session, 7-8-9 May 2018

The initiative will empower energy agencies to facilitate and support sustainable energy investments at local/regional level. Staff of energy agencies from 17 EU countries learns from experienced trainers on how to develop and implement...