• More battery powered trams coming to West Midlands

    The UK’s first battery-powered ‘Urbos 3’ tram was launched in April, and the network is now expanding, alongside new suburban rail lines, cycle routes and motorway improvements aimed at making the most of the HS2 high-speed rail project. “The West Midlands is leading the way on sustainable public transport in this country,” said Roger Lawrence […]

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  • How Wind, Hydro Power And Energy Storage Are Paving the Way to Renewable Alaska

    While most of the world struggles with stabilizing renewables on the grid, a small island in Alaska has it all figured out. Kodiak Island, a place where you’ll find a self-sufficient community encircled by expanse wilderness, is known for its wild bears, its fish processing industry, and — of most interest to those in the […]

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  • Bentley Arena Receives New Recognition For Its Sustainable Design

    The new multipurpose Bentley Arena, the most environmentally sustainable ice arena in the U.S. and the first standalone ice arena to earn the LEED platinum certification, has received another national honor for its environmentally sustainable design and construction. The arena was one of three finalists for the annual USG NACDA Sustainability Award given by the National Association of […]

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  • BIG’s massive Lanescraper building may become Australia’s tallest tower

    Bjarke Ingels Group has unveiled designs for the Lanescraper, a supertall building proposal that has been shortlisted for Melbourne’s Beulah Tower competition. Envisioned with a footprint of over 2.5 million square feet, the Lanescraper aims to serve as a bustling mixed-use destination housed in what could be the tallest tower in Australia. The $2 billion […]

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  • How Do We Finance Low Carbon Infrastructure?

    The world’s core infrastructure—including our transport and energy systems, buildings, industry, and land-related activities—produce more than 60 percent of all greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions globally. At the same time, the world has significant infrastructure needs. From 2015-2030, approximately $90 trillion of infrastructure investment is needed, a doubling of the global capital stock. Yet, unless the new infrastructure […]

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  • Green and healthy buildings are an integral part of green cities

    Cities are at the heart of modern living. It is estimated that by 2050 more than two-thirds of the world’s population will live in cities, suggesting an unprecedented wave of urban growth. Smart and green cities hold the key to a sustainable and low-carbon future. With modern technology, energy-neutral buildings are possible. These buildings are […]

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  • Georgia seeks to become a sustainable maritime hub

    Georgia continues to strengthen its role as a transport hub between Europe and Asia. “Our railways are a crucial part of our transportation system and we are now looking at offering a multi-modal system,” Ivane Abashidze, deputy director at the Maritime Transport Agency of the Georgian Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development, tells Emerging Europe. The […]

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  • Dubai sets baseline for sustainable concrete in construction

    As part of its ongoing efforts to achieve the strategic objectives in the development of the construction sector, Dubai Municipality Buildings Department has conducted a series of environmental studies on sustainable concrete in cooperation with a number of concrete factories in the emirate. Eng Layali Al Mulla, director of Buildings Department said that after the […]

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  • Egypt set to open its first solar farm – and it’s the largest in the world

    Egypt has long relied on environmentally taxing fossil fuels. Over 90% of electricity is generated from oil and natural gas, and the country subsidizes fossil fuels, making them a cheap option for its 96 million citizens. However, Egypt’s government plans to change courses and put itself on the clean energy map with the inauguration of the world’s […]

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  • Want More Smart Buildings? Amp Up the Collaboration

    “Smart technologies are defined by their interconnectedness,” points out a recent American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) report on smart building markets. The companies that buy and sell them, however, are defined by their disconnectedness. Intelligent buildings have been a concept for decades (a quick search turns up a research report from 1991). Sustainability thinkers have been advocating […]

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