About: sustainable construction

Climate change 21-11-2019

Decarbonising the construction industry: Can Europe lead in low carbon buildings and infrastructure?

Buildings & construction are a major driver of energy demand and global CO2 emissions. According to the European Commission, they jointly account for nearly 40% of global CO2 emissions and also 40% of final energy consumption.

European cities target net-zero carbon buildings by 2050

A coalition of eight European cities – including Madrid, Wroclaw, and Leeds – have pledged to completely decarbonise their existing building stocks by 2050. EURACTIV's media  partner edie.net reports.
Energy 13-12-2018

World’s first zero-emission cement plant takes shape in Norway

Norway is getting closer to building the world’s first carbon-free cement plant, a move that could reverberate across the globe as 197 countries meet for the UN's annual climate conference in Katowice, Poland.
Energy 31-10-2018

Swiss researchers chart path to zero-emission cement

The construction sector can cut polluting emissions up to 80% by applying efficiency measures along the whole value chain, according to new research. If combined with carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology, emissions could even be brought down to zero by 2050, they argue.
Air Quality 06-06-2018

Why construction machinery must be included in the Clean Vehicles Directive

Construction site machinery is responsible for a significant amount of air, noise, and climate pollution yet remains remarkably unregulated. The ongoing recast of the EU Clean Vehicles Directive offers a golden opportunity to address this, writes Mark Preston.
Digital 09-04-2018

Germany: a European laggard on Smart Cities

In Germany, cities applying for funding of Smart Cities projects face steep hurdles and private companies, not citizens, seem to be the main winners. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Energy 14-02-2017

Split cement lobby forces MEPs to choose ahead of climate emissions vote

MEPs must pick between progressive and regressive wings of the cement sector in Wednesday’s vote on the Emissions Trading Scheme, writes James Nix.

Promoting gender equality in the construction sector

Traditionally a sector dominated by men, modern construction has something to offer for people of any age and gender. Diversifying the sector would help cut unemployment and boost the European economy, argues Patrick Liébus.

New Circular Economy package still a work in progress for construction industry

SPECIAL REPORT /The European Commission’s new Circular Economy package of waste and recycling laws, to be launched tomorrow (2 December), will be pored over by a construction industry keen to prove its sustainability credentials.

Building towards a circular economy in construction

The European Commission's Circular Economy Package, ditched last year and due to be relaunched this week, has already been delayed too long, writes Julie Girling. The delay will only be worth it if the new proposal is strong enough on building waste.

INFOGRAPHIC: What’s the best way to destroy your house?

SPECIAL REPORT / The European Commission's planned Circular Economy Package of waste and recycling laws will highlight the role of construction and demolition. But what is the best way to demolish a home and how can waste be turned into a resource that can be re-used?

Vella: Construction essential for circular economy

SPECIAL REPORT / Construction will be an essential part of the transition to a circular economy, and can also drive growth, the European Union's Environment Commissioner has said. 

Construction industry’s recovery can drive economic growth

SPECIAL REPORT/ Europe’s construction industry was badly hit by the financial crisis, suffering from the “double dip” recession hot on the heels of the 2008 meltdown.
Energy 18-11-2015

Policy convergence hands opportunity to construction industry

SPECIAL REPORT / Europe’s construction industry can provide part of the answer to many of the European Union’ economic and environmental concerns.
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TEPPFA Forum 2015 – Environmental Sustainability for products and buildings

Stakeholders and policymakers came together to discuss a relevant aspect of the industry: Environmental Sustainability. The technical debate originated from simple questions: “can sustainable construction products build sustainable buildings?”, “is benchmarking thinkable for construction products?”
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Teppfa Forum 2014 – Environmental Sustainability of Construction Products

Representatives of different Commission services (DG Environment and DG Industry), LCA practitioners, Industry representatives and academia debated about environmental sustainability of construction products in the Teppfa Forum 2014 - Environmental Sustainability of Construction Products Workshop.
Circular economy 30-04-2014

EU to align environmental gauges for construction products

SPECIAL REPORT / The European Commission intends to align existing methods and standards to assess environmental performances of construction products, with the objective of favouring “green” comparisons, and higher levels of recycling and reuse.
Energy 18-05-2012

Amsterdam offers a haven for low-energy future

In an old harbour crowded with houseboats, Amsterdam is looking to the future with plans to construct low-energy homes in a climate-neutral neighbourhood.

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