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EU bank provides €25 million investment in African off-grid solar

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has this week announced its plans to invest in innovative solar systems to provide power to rural communities on the African continent. The €25m of financing into the San Francisco-based company d.light...

Renewables pressing home cost advantage against fossil fuels

New research from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) has found wind and solar technologies are making clear headway in reducing their costs compared to fossil fuels worldwide. Analysts found that wind and solar projects worldwide were 18...

EDF plans €8 billion investment into energy storage

French state-owned energy company, EDF, is making a big play to become a leader in the burgeoning electricity storage market. The developer, best known for managing France’s large number of nuclear power plants, now plans to invest €8...

Innovation Procurement of Energy Efficient Extensive Transformation of Kindergarten

The City of Koprivnica and Regional Energy Agency North (REA Sjever) are preparing a pilot investment to modernize Kindergarten buildings and render these buildings more energy-efficient. The City of Koprivnica and Regional Energy Agency...

Jane Oyugi, Sustenersol: “There is a beneficial ripple effect to the Green Solutions Awards”

In 2017, Sustenersol Company Ltd (Sustenersol) competed in the Green Solutions Awards, an international competition for climate solutions run by the Construction21 network. Sustenersol’s Solar Microgrid Project for Rural School...

BUILD UP Skills Pillar II overview brochure is now online!

This is a short brochure providing an overview of the BUILD UP Skills Pillar II.  The brochure highlights the most remarkable activities carried out, results achieved and lessons learnt as part of the initiative.

How To Beat The Cost Of Green Construction

Eco-friendly construction is now being hailed as the future of the construction industry, but many developers are wary of it because they perceive it as a high-cost investment. This, however, is a misconception: green construction can be...

Energy reduction in public buildings: learning to lead from the front

Buildings in EU27 Member States represent up to 24 billion m2 of floor space, responsible for 40% of Europe’s energy consumption and 36% of CO2 emissions – both key contributors to climate change. In response, a number of European...

MIPIM Review: Building the Future of our Cities

Cities are the world’s powerhouses, a key MIPIM conference was told. At the same time, MIPIM 2018’s central theme Mapping World Urbanity focused on the need for city authorities and real estate companies to take a strategic approach to ...

Macron calls for price on carbon to combat climate change

French President Emmanuel Macron told a sustainable finance conference on Thursday that Europe needs to set a minimum price for emitting carbon. “We need a European price floor for carbon. I know it won’t be easy, there will be resistance...

Global carbon emissions grow to highest-ever rate

Carbon emissions emitted into the Earth’s atmosphere grew by 1.4 percent in 2017, reaching a historic high of 32.5 gigatonnes.  This is the headline figure from a new reportfrom the International Energy Agency (IEA), which also found that...

LunchEU on Clean Mobility

On the initiative of Michael Geissler, Secretary General of FEDARENE and CEO of the Berlin Energy Agency, FEDARENE organised its first EU Lunch Debate on 21st March 2018 at Berlin’s Liaison office to the EU. This event took place in the...

Insight into Construction in the Netherlands by the European Construction Sector Observatory

The Dutch construction sector was in recession until 2014, as a result of the economic crisis. Productivity fell by 22.4% between 2008 and 2014. Between 2008 and 2013, employment declined by 12.1% and turnover fell by 14.6%. In parallel,...

The Green Solutions Awards on Radio Immo at MIPIM

Interview with Véronique Pappe, Director of Construction21 France & International and Michel Heukmès, Director of CAP2020 / Construction21 Belgium, for the launch of the Green Solutions Awards 2018 at MIPIM, on March 15th. (2-language...

Energy reduction in public buildings: learning to lead from the front

Buildings in EU27 Member States represent up to 24 billion m2 of floor space, responsible for 40% of Europe’s energy consumption and 36% of CO2 emissions – both key contributors to climate change. In response, a number of European...

The raise of the openBIM with buildingSMART international (bSI)

“Recently both the World Economic Forum and the EU BIM Task Group have published leading texts supporting open digitalization and openBIM. So it is very clear that openBIM – that buildingSMART International leads, is very important, and...

Life is LiFi in smart buildings

In the coming decades one of the key technologies to be implemented in intelligent buildings will be LiFi, the transfer of data through light Just imagine: you get back home one evening, unlocking your door with the torch light of your...

Active buildings will be crucial in determining the future of our world

Brian Kilkelly, Development Lead, Climate-KIC, here argues that achieving Europe’s goal of limiting global warming to two degrees Celsius by 2030 requires radical action targeting the built environment, which today accounts for at least 40...

UN Global Pulse: “We see a huge opportunity to get companies involved in data philanthropy”

Robert Kirkpatrick, Director of UN Global Pulse, recently spoke to Climate Action about the huge, untapped benefits of using big data to fight climate change.   Robert Kirkpatrick, Director of UN Global Pulse, recently spoke to Climate...

Financial institutions need to act quickly on climate risk

“Climate is not priced”, said Amundi’s Frederic Samama at a sustainable finance conference in Paris this week. He was echoing the sentiments of many within the financial sector who care about acting on climate, but may not have the tools...