Posts tagged with 'zero-carbon buildings'
Will Mexico Rise to the Zero-Carbon Buildings Challenge?
Will Mexico Rise to the Zero-Carbon Buildings Challenge?
The global battle against climate change will take place in the world’s buildings. Buildings produce nearly 40% of global energy-related emissions. And while the latest research shows the world needs to reach net-zero-carbon emissions by 2050, the concept of a “zero-carbon building” ‒ one ...
6 Lessons on Energy Decarbonization from Countries Leading the Way
6 Lessons on Energy Decarbonization from Countries Leading the Way
Getting to a net-zero-carbon energy system is essential. It will be a major effort, one that requires significant investment in new low-carbon infrastructure, from renewable power plants to electric vehicles, efficient appliances and better constructed buildings. While very few countries are on track, China, Costa ...
Buildings Are an Ideal But Overlooked Climate Solution
Buildings Are an Ideal But Overlooked Climate Solution
In her speech before the United Nations in September 2019, Greta Thunberg called out the assembled world leaders for their stubborn adherence to the status quo in the face of an escalating climate crisis. “How dare you pretend that this ...
What Does "Net-Zero Emissions" Mean? 6 Common Questions, Answered
What Does “Net-Zero Emissions” Mean? 6 Common Questions, Answered
The latest research is clear: To avoid the worst climate impacts, global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions will not only need to drop by half in the next 10 years, they will then have to reach net-zero around mid-century. Recognizing this ...
Zero Carbon Buildings, Accelerating Adaptation, National Leadership at UN Climate Action Summit
Zero Carbon Buildings, Accelerating Adaptation, National Leadership at UN Climate Action Summit
The UN Climate Action Summit in New York this week saw strengthened national climate commitments from 67 countries, but a disappointing showing from the world’s major economies. As national governments fall short, cities must continue to be climate champions. Indeed, ...
Low-Carbon Cities Are a $24 Trillion Opportunity
Low-Carbon Cities Are a $24 Trillion Opportunity
The world is facing a climate emergency, forcing us all to rethink the best way to spend resources, create jobs and improve quality of life for all. In these critical times, cities offer one of the biggest opportunities. With most ...
The 3 Key Tasks for World Leaders at the UN Climate Action Summit
The 3 Key Tasks for World Leaders at the UN Climate Action Summit
World leaders will soon gather in New York City for a summit on an urgent challenge that affects every aspect of our lives, from the economy to jobs, security and migration and our health. It is, of course, the climate crisis. The tens of thousands of fires recently afflicting the ...
China is Investing $13 Trillion in Construction. Will It Pursue Zero Carbon Buildings?
China is Investing $13 Trillion in Construction. Will It Pursue Zero Carbon Buildings?
China is in the midst of a construction mega-boom. The country has the largest buildings market in the world, making up 20% of all construction investment globally. And it’s only set to grow: China is expected to spend nearly $13 trillion on buildings by 2030. This ...
Optimize, Electrify, Decarbonize: The 3 Steps to Thriving, Zero-Carbon Cities
Optimize, Electrify, Decarbonize: The 3 Steps to Thriving, Zero-Carbon Cities
Cities are currently both climate-culprit and climate-victim. They are already responsible for 70 percent of global energy-related greenhouse gas emissions and 65 percent of global energy demand; they could easily account for more than three-quarters of electricity use by 2030. ...
Amid Climate Uncertainty, Zero-Carbon Buildings Offer a Guiding North Star
Amid Climate Uncertainty, Zero-Carbon Buildings Offer a Guiding North Star
“Back in the good old days, the construction industry had to worry about a few keys things: Will it stand up, is it functional and does it look nice? Not so anymore.” So began WRI President and CEO Andrew Steer ...
A First Step Down the Road to Zero-Carbon Buildings in India
A First Step Down the Road to Zero-Carbon Buildings in India
In 2013, the world’s cities accounted for 64 percent of primary energy use and 70 percent of CO2 emissions. Energy use in buildings is the second largest contributor (after transport) to urban GHG emissions and to urban heat islands. Emissions ...
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