Nordic countries ushering in new era of green finance

Nordic countries, green finance, Scandinavia, climate change, opportunities, Climate Bonds, The Green Bond Market in the Nordics 19/02/18 10:07 https://www.construction21.org/articles/h/nordic-countries-ushering-in-new-era-of-green-finance.html Nordic countries ushering in new era of green finance

Scandinavia has long been known for its progressive tendencies, and this is particularly true when it comes to recognising climate change’s threats and opportunities. New research has highlighted how the Nordic countries are also leading by example in the green finance market. The non-profit organisation Climate Bonds Initiative has analysed progress made by Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland in issuing loans which are ring-fenced to find solutions to climate change. The Green Bond Market

Floating wind farm powers through Scottish winter

wind farm power, renwable energy, Scottish, The Hywind project, Statoil 19/02/18 10:02 https://www.construction21.org/articles/h/floating-wind-farm-powers-through-scottish-winter.html Floating wind farm powers through Scottish winter

The world’s first floating offshore wind farm has performed better than expected after its initial three months of operation. The Hywind project, located 15 miles off the north-east coast of Scotland, consists of five turbines with a maximum capacity of 30 megawatts. Going at full pelt they can power 20,000 homes in the UK. The project was built by Norwegian state-owned company Statoil, and has been operating since November. The company has released figures this week that show during its first three

Apply now for the clim@ competition!

clim@ competition, energy conservation, innovative business, CO2, 19/02/18 09:53 https://www.construction21.org/articles/h/apply-now-for-the-clim-competition.html Apply now for the clim@ competition!

Fostering energy conservation, renewable energy and resource efficiency is key to a sustainable future. clim@ is a new competition for innovative businesses or projects that have the power to change cur-rent practices and demonstrate strong positive climate impact. The competition is now open globally for businesses, experienced start-ups, NGOs, research bodies or other relevant organisations, who are working to transfer and scale up market-ready concepts in the fields of sustainable energy and

EmBuild presents a template for the energy efficient renovation of buildings

Embuild,renovation, energy efficiency, building, European Union, Horizon2020, H2020 19/02/18 09:49 https://www.construction21.org/articles/h/embuild-presents-a-template-for-the-energy-efficient-renovation-of-buildings.html EmBuild presents a template for the energy efficient renovation of buildings

EmBuild presents a template for the public sector energy efficient renovation of the building stock. This guidance and template aim to be a useful tool to support public authorities in developing renovation strategies, with a particular focus on the renovation of public buildings. The EmBuild project is co-funded by the European Union under the Horizon 2020 (H2020) Programme (call EE-07-2015) and it is designed to empower the public authorities at local, regional and national level, to formulate

Webinar on public procurement of innovation for energy retrofit of buildings

webinare, interreg mediterranean, prominent MED 16/02/18 08:56 https://www.construction21.org/articles/h/webinar-on-public-procurement-of-innovation-for-energy-retrofit-of-buildings.html Webinar on public procurement of innovation for energy retrofit of buildings

In this webinar the context and perspectives of suppliers, a practical look at the different tools and approaches that can be used, and the benefits, challenges and success factors of effective engagement with the market will be discussed.  This webinar is dedicated to public procurers dealing with the issue of energy retrofit of buildings. It will last 1 hr and 30 minutes from 10.30 to 12.00 CET. For more information and registration click here. This webinar is organised by the partners of the Prominent

Good governance: a key to Re-naturing Urban Plans’ success

Izmir, Urban GreenUP, Turkey, Energy, Environmenta,l Economic, Policies 16/02/18 00:00 https://www.construction21.org/articles/h/good-governance-a-key-to-re-naturing-urban-plans-success.html Good governance: a key to Re-naturing Urban Plans’ success

Izmir organized its first International Green Infrastructure Workshop to highlight the governments’ role in moulding policies that support nature-based solutions and to announce its Green Infrastructure Strategy Right after the second periodic meeting of Urban GreenUP, the Metropolitan Municipality of Izmir (Turkey) organized a special event called “Izmir International Green Infrastructure Workshop”. A total number of 150 attendees coming from the local and national academia, municipalities, professional

UK pledges £21.5 million for climate change adaptation in Zimbabwe

United Kingdom, UK, Zimbabwe, climate change adaptation, Department of International Development (DFID) 13/02/18 17:09 https://www.construction21.org/articles/h/uk-pledges-21-5-million-for-climate-change-adaptation-in-zimbabwe.html UK pledges £21.5 million for climate change adaptation in Zimbabwe

The UK’s Department of International Development (DFID) has announced new funding to support climate change programmes in Zimbabwe. A new £21.5 million grant was announced in Harare last week for the Zimbabwe Resilience Building Fund (ZRBF); the UN-managed initiative aims to protect rural communities from the impacts of extreme weather and reduce poverty. Annabel Gerry, Head of DFID in Zimbabwe said: “Climate change is already evident here – this year we’ve been experiencing hotter days and higher

New vertical forest to be built in Eindhoven

Eindhoven, sustainable construction, residential buildings, Trudo Vertical Forest Tower 13/02/18 17:05 https://www.construction21.org/articles/h/new-vertical-forest-to-be-built-in-eindhoven.html New vertical forest to be built in Eindhoven

The Dutch city of Eindhoven will play host to new apartments designed to provide a model for sustainable residential buildings. The Trudo Vertical Forest Tower will be a 75-meter high skyscraper, which will include space for 125 trees, and 5,200 plants. Eindhoven is the latest city to support the construction of the new design, after similar towers were built in Milan, Nanjing, Paris, among others. Vertical forests are the brainchild of Italian architect Stefano Boeri, who hopes the buildings will

EIT Climate-KIC innovators featured in Forbes 30 under 30 Europe List

Climate-KIC, innovators, Forbes 30 13/02/18 16:56 https://www.construction21.org/articles/h/eit-climate-kic-innovators-featured-in-forbes-30-under-30-europe-list.html EIT Climate-KIC innovators featured in Forbes 30 under 30 Europe List

Six EIT Climate-KIC innovators have been honoured in this year’s prestigious Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe List. List includes high profile young celebrities, icons and entrepreneurs Features six EIT Climate-KIC and three EIT Digital supported innovators Ground-breaking members of the climate movement sit alongside singer Dua Lipa, Game of Thrones actor Maisie Williams and winner of The Apprentice Joseph Valente In the last three years, the EIT Community has had over 30 ventures or entrepreneurs

Insight into Construction in Luxembourg by the European Construction Sector Observatory

Construction, Sector, Analysis, Housing, Homes, Building, Residential, Commercial, Renovation, Energy, Efficiency, Skills, Training, Policy, Support, Measure, Initiative, Scheme, Programme, Fund, Incentive. 13/02/18 00:00 https://www.construction21.org/articles/h/insight-into-construction-in-luxembourg-by-the-european-construction-sector-observatory.html Insight into Construction in Luxembourg by the European Construction Sector Observatory

Luxembourg’s construction sector weathered the economic crisis better than most EU countries, in line with the positive trajectory of the overall economy. Construction productivity peaked in 2011 before falling by 8.0% between 2011 and 2013. Productivity has since begun to recover, growing by 3.7% between 2013 and 2014; however, it still remains below the pre-crisis level. In contrast, the number of construction companies in Luxembourg increased by 15.8% during the period 2008-2013. The property

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