• ‘Delivery deficit’ puts net zero at risk

    Putting Australia’s net zero target at risk, more than a third of large businesses are tipped to fail on their carbon promises at the current pace of change. Some 34 per cent of large Australian organisation are poised to miss their net zero emissions by 2050 targets and instead serve up a “delivery deficit”, according […]

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  • California’s ‘Solar Canals’ Will Save Water and Produce Clean Energy

    A public-private-academic partnership plans to install solar panels over water canals in California in a bid to produce clean energy and help preserve the state’s dwindling water resources. Construction of Project Nexus, the “first-ever solar panel over canal development in the United States,” will start next fall and is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2023. The […]

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  • Are straw, cork and hemp viable materials for construction?

    Chris Magwood, director for Builders for Climate Action and manager of carbon-free buildings at RMI, thinks so. But it will require a paradigm shift in the approach to how we design and construct buildings. Magwood’s lowrise residential/commercial design and construction experience illustrates the value of biomass materials or “grown products” that act as carbon traps […]

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  • World’s largest vertical farm to deliver leafy greens to UK supermarkets

    Four acre site set to produce as much veg as 1,000 acres of traditional British farmland, after Fischer Farms secures latest funding round Six-an-a-half tonnes of sustainably-grown leaf-based salads, leafy herbs, and other fresh produce could be supplied to UK supermarkets every day thanks to plans to create the world’s largest vertical farm at a […]

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  • Mercedes-Benz establishes sustainable battery recycling: Own recycling plant to start in 2023

    Mercedes-Benz AG has firmly established the principle of sustainability as an integral part of its corporate strategy. In addition to CO2-neutral production and the switch to an all-electric vehicle portfolio, a closed loop of recyclable materials is also crucial to reducing resource consumption. In addition to circular design and value retention, Mercedes-Benz is equally focused […]

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  • Devising a Green Cloud Computing Strategy

    Cloud infrastructure may be out of sight and out of mind for most of the businesses that depend on it. But that doesn’t mean cloud data centers aren’t eating up hefty amounts of energy — so much that, globally, data centers account for about 1% of total energy usage. That’s part of the reason why “green” […]

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  • E-Cargo Bikes Could Help Slash Emissions From Package Deliveries

    Electric cargo bikes could allow cities to cut carbon emissions from package deliveries by 30% while reducing traffic congestion and air pollution, a new study shows. To reach that conclusion, researchers from the University of Washington Urban Freight Lab carried out a three-month pilot program in Seattle this summer, in collaboration with several tech and […]

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  • World’s largest solar-powered steel mill breaks ground in Colorado

    Evraz, a Chicago-based engineered steel producer, partnered with Lightsource BP and Xcel Energy on the project, which began in 2019. Lightsource BP is financing and building the $285 million solar array project and will sell the electricity generated to Xcel, Colorado’s largest utility, under a 20-year purchasing agreement. Evraz is Xcel’s largest retail customer in […]

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  • Going green starts long before the first tenant moves in

    When most of us think about sustainability, we think about fossil fuels that release greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. But there are many sources of pollution that we don’t even think about in our daily lives, and carbon emissions from the buildings we work in are a major contributor to climate change. But thanks to […]

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  • Glass in sustainable buildings

    As new construction becomes increasingly energy efficient, energy consumption is no longer the only criteria that is being considered when evaluating the sustainable performance of buildings. Based on a complete life-cycle approach, the impact of manufacturing the building materials, as well as the construction, transportation, demolition and end-of-life phases, becomes critical to improving a building’s […]

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