Clean energy, urban farming and sustainable housing hacked at urban solutions conference

clean energy, urban farming, smart cities, sustainable housing, climate change, COP24 17/07/18 10:35 https://www.construction21.org/articles/h/clean-energy-urban-farming-and-sustainable-housing-hacked-at-urban-solutions-conference.html Clean energy, urban farming and sustainable housing hacked at urban solutions conference

Clean energy, urban farming and sustainable housing were the hot topics being tackled at this year’s Copenhagen’s Clean Energy Hack. The event, part of the Nordic Clean Energy Week 2018, brought together 50 students to work on climate challenges put forward by the cities of Singapore, Hamilton, Stavanger and Umea. From 11 groups, four teams were selected by a Rockwool and EIT Climate-KIC panel to pitch their ideas to city representatives and participate in workshops at the Sustainable Urban Solutions

Become a mentor for the PROSPECT peer-to-peer learning programme

peer to peer, innovation, programme, smart cities, energy efficiency, climate change, COP24 17/07/18 10:31 https://www.construction21.org/articles/h/become-a-mentor-for-the-prospect-peer-to-peer-learning-programme.html Become a mentor for the PROSPECT peer-to-peer learning programme

Your city/region has ambitious energy and climate objectives and your local strategies and action plans are ready? Moreover, you have already managed to secure financing for your project while mobilising other financial sources than your municipal budget? You have implemented innovative financing schemes and incentives that mobilise citizens, local stakeholders, financing institutions and investors͛ funds? Join the PROSPECT peer-to-peer learning programme and become a mentor for other less advanced

California hits emissions target two years early

Carbon emissions, renewable energies, energy efficiency, climate change, COP24 17/07/18 10:28 https://www.construction21.org/articles/h/california-hits-emissions-target-two-years-early.html California hits emissions target two years early

The US state of California has cut its greenhouse gas emissions to below 1990 levels for the first time. Emissions have been reduced by 13 percent since their 2004 peak, equal to taking 12 million cars off the road. At the same time, its economy, now the fifth largest in the world, grew by 26 percent. Under a 2006 law passed by the then Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, California must reduce its emissions to 431 million metric tons by 2020 – the same as they were in 1990. Data released by the California

There could be 36 million electric vehicles on Britain’s roads by 2040

Electric vehicles, mobility, Britain, renewable energies, energy efficiency, smart grid 17/07/18 10:26 https://www.construction21.org/articles/h/there-could-be-36-million-electric-vehicles-on-britain-s-roads-by-2040.html There could be 36 million electric vehicles on Britain’s roads by 2040

The growth in electric vehicles goes hand-in-hand with reducing the carbon intensity of Britain’s economy. And it’s fair to say that the company which runs Britain’s intricate energy network sees a bright future for EVs. National Grid’s latest Future Energy Scenarios report details the evolving nature of Britain’s energy mix and the disruptive role that decarbonisation is playing on the system. The document is the latest report to highlight the technology’s potential to positively transform our way

1 billion at risk from lack of access to cooling technologies

Cooling, ventilation, sustainable technology, renewable energies, energy efficiency 17/07/18 10:24 https://www.construction21.org/articles/h/1-billion-at-risk-from-lack-of-access-to-cooling-technologies.html 1 billion at risk from lack of access to cooling technologies

A new report has highlighted the challenge of keeping cool in extreme weather. An analysis of 52 countries in hot climates found that 1.1 billion people face new risks, such as access to safe food and medicines, due to increased global temperatures. The report, entitled Chilling Prospects, is the first to assess the challenge of keeping cool in an increasingly warm world, released by the non-profit Sustainable Energy For All. The report estimates that 470 million people in rural areas lack access

Transforming Academic Research into more tangible actions for Smart Cities

Smart cities, smart building, academic research, renewable energy, climate change, energy efficiency 16/07/18 11:12 https://www.construction21.org/articles/h/transforming-academic-research-into-more-tangible-actions-for-smart-cities.html Transforming Academic Research into more tangible actions for Smart Cities

Three research institutions from the STARDUST consortium shared their insights with a network of Spanish universities as to how Smart Cities can act as exemplary figures for replication to their regions From the 27th to the 29th of June, three of STARDUST partners -Public University of Navarre (UPNA) Institute of Smart Cities, NASUVINSA and the National Renewable Energy Center (CENER) - took part in the annual meeting of the Network of Excellence in Smart Cities, CT-RTI (TIN2016-81766-REDT) (see

The General Journal of Europe launches a dossier on energy with FEDARENE

Europe, environment, energy efficiency, renewable energies, climate change, COP24 16/07/18 10:21 https://www.construction21.org/articles/h/the-general-journal-of-europe-launches-a-dossier-on-energy-with-fedarene.html The General Journal of Europe launches a dossier on energy with FEDARENE

With this special dossier, the “General Journal of Europe” aims to promote regions, energy and environmental agencies, community associations and their members as well as all decision-makers. It wishes to highlight innovations, exchanges of experience and project development.It is based on the observation that European institutions already have a privileged relationship with sub-state levels of governance by supporting and funding many local projects. Furthermore, local and regional authorities and

Ireland makes world’s first pledge to divest from fossil fuels

Climate change, fossil fuels, divestment, Europe, COP24, Renewable energies 16/07/18 09:50 https://www.construction21.org/articles/h/ireland-makes-world-s-first-pledge-to-divest-from-fossil-fuels.html Ireland makes world’s first pledge to divest from fossil fuels

The Irish Parliament has passed a bill which forces the country to divest its assets in fossil fuels. The legislation is a world first and received support from all political sides; it is expected to sail through the upper chamber to be made law. Once complete it will mean that Ireland’s 8 billion euro Strategic Investment Fund will have to sell its assets in companies which derive their income from fossil fuels. At present, the fund has investments worth 318 million euros in 150 such companies worldwide

Spain hits 45% renewable power in first half of 2018

Renewable Energy, Europe, Climate Change, Energy Efficiency, COP24, Public Policy 16/07/18 09:48 https://www.construction21.org/articles/h/spain-hits-45-renewable-power-in-first-half-of-2018.html Spain hits 45% renewable power in first half of 2018

Spain’s transition to a low-carbon economy is making strong progress with almost half of all power now coming from renewable energy. Fresh data from Red Eléctrica de España, the country’s energy operator, shows that 45.8 percent of all electricity came from renewable sources between January and June. The new statistics for 2018 highlight a 8.5 percent increase in renewable production compared to the same period last year. The strong performances of both wind turbines and hydropower provided the bulk

Germany powers through 2018 with 42% renewables record

Renewable energy, energy efficiency, climate change, COP24, public policy 16/07/18 09:46 https://www.construction21.org/articles/h/germany-powers-through-2018-with-42-renewables-record.html Germany powers through 2018 with 42% renewables record

Germany has set a new record for renewable power production during the first six months of 2018. 113 terawatt hours of electricity was generated by all renewable technologies, mainly consisting of biomass, wind and solar energy, and equivalent to 41.5 percent of all power. This is a 4 percent increase on last year’s figure of 37.6 percent. The data comes from the German think tank Fraunhofer ISE, which runs the Energy Charts website, providing hourly tracking of the country’s energy supply. Wind



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