decarbonisation

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The COP26 climate summit hosted by the UK in November will include a focus on architecture and construction after its president Alok Sharma announced plans to include a ‘built environment day’   Sharma, who last week quit as business secretary to focus on his climate role full-time, revealed the decision in a recent letter to the World Green Building Council. In it, he said that ‘action to decarbonise the buildings and construction sector is critical to meeting our Paris Agreement goals’.
Post date: 14 jan 2021
Type: Nyheder

The Turkish city of Izmir has inaugurated an Ecological Corridor and a natural area that implements Nature Based Solutions   In early October this year, Izmir (Turkey), opened the Mavisehir Peynircioglu Stream Ecological Corridor, a green belt stretching over an area of 41,000 m2.  
Post date: 13 jan 2021
Type: Nyheder

La Banque européenne d’investissement (BEI) et la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles (FWB) annoncent la conclusion d’un accord de prêt de 600 millions d’euros, dont une première partie de 300 millions a été formalisée ce jour, pour la construction soutenable et la rénovation de bâtiments éducatifs en Fédération Wallonie Bruxelles.  
Post date: 7 jan 2021
Type: Nyheder

The Commission officially launched a new, revamped website for the EU-UN initiative Energy Efficiency Financial Institutions Group (EEFIG), which aims at addressing the investment gap on energy efficiency.   The objective of the new website is to keep stakeholders in the financial sector better informed on EEFIG activities, including synergies between the existing EEFIG structures and new EU initiatives foreseen under the European Green Deal, notably in the renovation wave initiative.  
Post date: 3 jan 2021
Type: Nyheder

The fifth edition of this annual report provides a snapshot of the progress of the buildings and construction sector globally towards the achievement of the goals of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change; particularly on the drivers of CO2 emissions and energy demand globally and the status of policies, finance, technologies, and solutions that support a zero-emission, efficient, and resilient buildings and construction sector.  
Post date: 3 jan 2021
Type: Publication

Surface area is an important but limited resource in cities that aim to become climate neutral. It can be used to, for example, generate heat or electricity via active solar systems, improve air quality via greening, or provide cooling thanks to highly reflective and emissive materials.   Scientists at Italian institute Eurac have now developed a multi-factor approach to study the synergies and conflicts that arise from using ground, facade and roof space in urban communities.
Post date: 2 jan 2021
Type: Nyheder

Participants at a roundtable on how to accelerate the energy transition in the region and Serbia agreed that the move toward renewable sources is necessary and more cost effective than to build or even maintain the capacity for the production of power from coal. “An inadequate decarbonization is expensive and a late one is too expensive,” said Professor Nikola Rajaković from the School of Electrical Engineering at the University of Belgrade. He and other speakers also insist the transformation leaves no room for coal.  
Post date: 2 jan 2021
Type: Nyheder

CO2 emissions increased to 9.95 GtCO2 in 2019. The sector accounts for 38% of all energy-related CO2 emissions when adding building construction industry emissions. Direct building CO2 emissions need to halve by 2030 to get on track for net zero carbon building stock by 2050. Governments must prioritize low-carbon buildings in pandemic stimulus packages and updated climate pledges.
Post date: 2 jan 2021
Type: Nyheder

Heating and cooling accounts for almost half of global energy consumption. With most of this relying fossil fuels, however, it contributes heavily to greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution. In parts of the world lacking modern energy access, meanwhile, inefficient biomass use for cooking also harms people’s health, damages the environment and reduces social well-being.  
Post date: 15 dec 2020
Type: Publication

Economic crises present an opportunity for governments to take action on climate change.   The lockdown responses to the COVID-19 pandemic have led to a fall in emissions—global CO2 emissions are expected to be about 8% lower in 2020 than in 2019, in line with the required 7.6% reduction needed each year through 2030 to keep temperature increases below 1.5°C, compared with pre-industrial levels.  
Post date: 8 dec 2020
Type: Publication