Buildings and construction generate nearly 40 per cent of CO2 emissions, yet action continues to lag far behind opportunity.
With a window opening for enhanced Paris agreement plans, the sector will be (...)
The edges of cities around the world are being devastated by fires and floods. It’s drawing attention to suburban residents and the role they’re playing in exacerbating their exposure to climate change (...)
NWE making an impact!
Photo: Shanghai from above (left) and on the ground (right) – a public toilet in a market hall. Deljana Iossifova, Author provided
Don’t take toilets for granted. Their connection to a managed sewage disposal (...)
Cities are on the front line of climate change. While their footprints cover a mere two per cent of the Earth’s surface, they consume 78 per cent of global energy and account for over 60 per cent of greenhouse (...)
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What’s new in District Heating Systems (DHs)?
DHs have traditionally been designed to be operated with central (...)
An article by Roger Keil,
We are living on a suburban planet. While the majority of humans around the world now call some form of urban habitat their home, most of us live, work and play in environments (...)
The way people get around is starting to change, and as a professor of transport strategy I do rather wonder if the modes of transport we use today will still be around by the turn of the next century (...)
Renewable Heating and Cooling from the Dutch Perspective
Affordable solutions for capturing and distributing low temperature
Deploying a District Heating Network needs a lot of preparation, as the investment is considerable. However the long-term benefits are huge: less dependence on fossil fuel, a network built for decades (...)
Mijnwater BV is receiving more and more attention nationwide. What is a fifth generation heating and cooling network and can this sustainable energy system also be installed outside Parkstad Limburg? Read (...)
Cities are fast becoming “smart”, and the impact on people’s lives can be immense. Singapore’s smart traffic cameras restrict traffic depending on volume, and ease the commute of thousands of passengers (...)
The overall objective of the Upgrade DH project is to improve the performance of district heating (DH) networks in Europe by supporting selected demonstration cases for upgrading, which can be replicated (...)
Discover this new paper on 5th generation district heating and cooling (5GDHC) and how this concept differs from conventional district heating systems. Authors : Stef Boesten, Wilfried Ivens, Stefan C (...)
Despite the awareness of the need to focus on sustainable urban development in the 1980s, Egypt faces a lack of convergence between the sustainable urban design model and post-revolution urban modernism (...)
With a significant rural exodus and a territory very sensitive to the effects of global warming, Brazil must reorganize the urban fabric of most of its cities. This requires in particular taking into account (...)
As the example of French Guiana illustrates, sustainable construction in a warm climate is not only a technical challenge. It also requires taking into account a particular social context. Between eco (...)
Energy consumption is growing rapidly in the Caribbean, both as a result of population growth and the very strong economic growth of the last twenty years. Committed to a sustainable development approach (...)
In Senegal, the construction sector is booming. Today, concrete is used on construction sites, but although it is produced locally and cheaply, it is very polluting. The global cement industry is responsible (...)
In this episode, Oliver and Horace talk about cost-per-mile calculations for micromobility, and the implications of the recent blogpost that Horace published on the Micromobility.io blog. In short - what (...)
With the support of more than 80 organisations, the World Green Building Council’s new report describes actions to revolutionise the buildings and construction sector towards a net zero future, through (...)
The first newsletter of the D2Grids project is out !
In this edition : the inauguration of the Paris-Saclay network, an interview of Herman Eijdems (Mijnwater), Blockchain technology and D2Grids...and (...)
In this episode, Oliver interviews Jeff Russakow, CEO of Boosted Boards, makers of the famous electric skateboards and now scooter. Boosted focuses on vehicle-grade owned micromobility, which provides (...)
Within the context of an urban project, the most affected part are undoubtedly the people, it is essential to identify the needs of the inhabitants and make them aware about the project. Also, in order (...)
In the 2019 edition of the Green Solutions Awards – Districts, there are 15 case studies participating, projects coming from all over the world, countries such as France, Belgium, Colombia, Russia, Brazil (...)
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A 100% renewable energy district makes optimal use of locally available renewable energy sources and waste heat. For historic reasons, cities and towns developed along rivers, lakes and seashores which (...)
Urban wind power is playing the Arlesian game, Africa is demanding electricity, but is having trouble hosting large-scale solar projects. So, the renewable 2019 trend? It cannot be said. This is obvious (...)
We often speak wrongly of sustainable cities, forgetting that any construction, whatever its scale, is part of a whole from which it is inseparable. In 2019, a clear trend is emerging, namely to take into (...)
The heating and cooling sector has been recognised as a priority to achieve the decarbonisation and energy efficiency targets. Heating and cooling in the built environment accounts for almost 40% of the (...)
Low tech and low carbon do not mean the end of technology. On the contrary, these Green Solutions Awards seem to show that "technosalvation" is not the only alternative on well-designed projects. A look (...)
One of the aspects that we will venture to describe as positive in these Green Solutions Awards is the consideration of the carbon footprint. Few buildings, of course, offer a formal life cycle analysis (...)
Low-tech is trendy in our Western societies, it is also trendy in the 2019 Green Solutions Awards to the point of competing with a major player in sustainable development: the passive. Explanation and (...)
Second opus of our trend analysis of the 2019 Green Solutions Awards. A short tour in warm climates, where building resilience and adaptation are essential.
2.1. The resilient building: a reality
The constructi (...)
With almost 200 case studies from 36 different countries, the 2019 Green Solutions Awards provided a fine example of what is being done today to build more sustainable cities and territories. First opus (...)
With 192 case studies in 36 countries, the 2019 Green Solutions Awards have been an unexpected success and have seen strong international growth. The most represented label is Passivhaus, with no less (...)
The construction of Plymouth City Council’s 5th-generation district heating and cooling (5DHC) network began last month. It started with the drilling of the first well into the aquifer that flows through (...)
District heating and cooling: cities going circular for a carbon neutral Europe
This report (2018) presents information about best practices for urban waste heat recovery with reference to four main unconventional energy sources namely underground, cooling systems of hospitals (or (...)
The RELaTED report (D2.5) describes a set of guidelines for how low temperature concepts can be applied in new urban developments. This document is one of various RELaTED reports describing low temperature (...)
This report studies the Global District Heating And Cooling Systems Market size, industry status and forecast, competition landscape and growth opportunity. This research report categorizes the global (...)
District Heating (DH) systems present a high potential for the transition of the heat sector, both technically and organizationally. They allow the integration of renewable energies, they serve to improve (...)
Discover the third newsletter of the RELaTED project, sister project of D2Grids !
In this episode, Oliver and Horace discuss a recent trip that Horace made around Continental Europe and reflect on the changing dynamics of shared micromobility business models. Specifically:
The article (...)
We are delighted to announce the new GlobalABC Webinar series: How to Incorporate Fundable Buildings Sector Action in NDCs, a series of four webinars: Global, Asia, Africa and Latin America.
The current (...)
In this episode, we release the content from a recent MM Meetup call with Horace where he unpacks ‘What makes Micromobility Disruptive?’.
This was recorded from a call for our paid subscribers via the (...)
New report on embodied carbon to be issued as a ‘call to action’ for the building and construction industry
The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) will use the 10th annual World Green Building Week (...)
On today’s episode Horace and Oliver are joined by Winston Kwon, Assistant Professor of Strategy and Social Innovation at the University of Edinburgh Business School. We discuss mobility poverty, why (...)