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2023-01-31
WBCSD & Arup

This report provides insight into strategies and measures companies can deploy to halve embodied carbon emissions, those associated with building materials and construction processes, by 2030. It analyzes how to use and adapt currently available technology, materials and products to reduce emissions as much as possible.

The first part of the report explores early-stage, whole-building decisions and the major impact these can have on the carbon outcome of a particular building project. The second part looks in more detail at the specific choices and measures companies might apply within the individual building layers to maximize embodied carbon reductions.

The report authors call on companies throughout the built environment to implement systemic changes to achieve the shared goal of at least halving carbon emissions by 2030. We need this systemic change now, as we are already planning the infrastructure that will be built in 2030. For the built environment, 2030 is today.

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2023-01-12 | Ninni Westerholm
United Nations One Planet Sustainable Buildings and Construction Programme

Africa is the fastest-growing region in the world. Unfortunately, current construction in Africa is highly dependent on imported construction materials with high negative environmental impacts. The new SBC publication Unlocking the Potential of Local Circular Materials in Urbanising Africa and video present a building concept for high-density neighbourhoods that promotes the use of responsibly sourced local materials.

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2022-10-30
International Energy Agency

With the world in the midst of the first global energy crisis – triggered by Russia's invasion of Ukraine – the World Energy Outlook 2022 (WEO) provides indispensable analysis and insights on the implications of this profound and ongoing shock to energy systems across the globe.

Based on the latest energy data and market developments, this year’s WEO explores key questions about the crisis: Will it be a setback for clean energy transitions or a catalyst for greater action? How might government responses shape energy markets? Which energy security risks lie ahead on the path to net zero emissions?

The WEO is the energy world’s most authoritative source of analysis and projections. This flagship publication of the IEA has appeared every year since 1998. Its objective data and dispassionate analysis provide critical insights into global energy supply and demand in different scenarios and the implications for energy security, climate targets and economic development.

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2023-01-18 | Mariangiola Fabbri, Judit Kockat, Ivan Jankovic, and Hélène Sibileau
BPIE

This study shows that improving the insulation of all existing residential buildings in the EU would significantly contribute to securing the bloc’s energy independence, and achieving climate neutrality by 2050. Full renovation of EU residential buildings would result in a 44% reduction of energy demand for heating in buildings, or 777 TWh savings.

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2022-12-08 | Lacey Tan, Mohammad Hassan Fathollahzadeh, and Edie Taylor
RMI

To help inform crucial policy and market decisions with up-to-date cost analysis information, RMI updated and expanded its 2020 analysis, The New Economics of Electrifying Buildings. Due to significant changes in gas and electricity rates and evolving construction costs, we examine the economic and climate impacts of building all-electric single-family new construction — homes that rely on electric appliances for space and water heating, cooking, and clothes drying.

The new report shows that all-electric, single-family new construction is more economical to build and operate than a home with gas appliances and has lower lifetime emissions in all nine cities studied. This is because mixed-fuel homes have gas furnaces, water heaters, air conditioning, and new gas connection costs. The all-electric home, by comparison, uses a single heat pump system for both heating and cooling and a heat pump water heater. Heat pumps also provide significant carbon and energy savings over gas appliances, resulting in a lower annual utility cost for the all-electric home.

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2022-06-30 | Wein, Julia; Bienert, Sven; Kuhlwein, Hunter
European Public Real Estate Association

This document provides guidelines on the use of the Carbon Risk Real Estate Monitor (CRREM) pathways and on the tool for the European Real Estate Association (EPRA) members, promoting and representing the European public real estate sector with more than 280 members, covering the entire spectrum of the listed real estate industry. An overview of the CRREM initiative is presented, including key benefits regarding assessment and climate risk analysis, the implementation of mitigation strategies for tackling transition risks, and setting decarbonization targets aligned with the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD).

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2023-01-06 | Abhas Sinha, Avinash Acharya
Climate Group

With India being the world’s second-largest producer and consumer of steel, any meaningful global shift towards low carbon steelmaking must be based on an understanding of India’s unique context and circumstances. The India Net Zero Steel Demand Outlook Report is an important step in building this understanding as it evaluates the Indian market for net zero steel and the factors that will drive this demand in the decades to come. The report brings out the economic and decarbonisation opportunity available to Indian steel makers today and makes a case for the adoption of low carbon technologies for steel production.

2022-12-02
IEA

Energy Efficiency 2022 is the IEA’s primary annual analysis on global developments in energy efficiency markets and policy. It explores recent trends in energy intensity, demand and efficiency-related investment, innovation, policy and technology while also discussing key questions facing policy makers. 

This year record-high consumer energy bills and securing reliable access to supply are urgent political and economic imperatives for almost all governments. In response to the energy crisis countries are prioritising energy efficiency action due to its ability to simultaneously meet affordability, supply security and climate goals.

While efficiency investment has recently been increasing to reach new record levels, the pace of global energy intensity improvements had noticeably slowed in the second half of the last decade and virtually stalled during the first two years of Covid-19. With efforts to better manage energy consumption as a result of the crisis increasing the rate of improvement once more, the question as to whether 2022 will see a sustained efficiency turning point, and what more can be done, are key themes of this year’s report.

2022-12-06
IEA

Renewables 2022 is the IEA’s primary analysis on the sector, based on current policies and market developments. It forecasts the deployment of renewable energy technologies in electricity, transport and heat to 2027 while also exploring key challenges to the industry and identifying barriers to faster growth.

The current global energy crisis brings both new opportunities and new challenges for renewable energy. Renewables 2022 provides analysis on the new policies introduced in response to the energy crisis. This year’s report frames current policy and market dynamics while placing the recent rise in energy prices and energy security challenges in context.

In addition to its detailed market analysis and forecasts, Renewables 2022 also examines key developments and trends for the sector, including the more ambitious renewable energy targets recently proposed by the European Union; the issue of windfall profits; the diversification of solar PV manufacturing; renewable capacity for hydrogen production; and a possible feedstock crunch in the biofuels industry and viable ways to avoid it.

2022-12-31 | Benjamín Peralta
United Nations

The circular economy is perceived as an alternative to achieve the sustainability of cities through housing of social interest, the unity in which regulations have a greater power of influence. After the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the social housing industry plays an important role in economic reactivation, so it is urgent to incorporate sustainability into the current discussion. In the case of Chile, this model faces considerable barriers to its implementation, while having different levels of impact, applicability and scalability; however, it also entails countless economic, social and urban benefits, becoming a valuable contribution to the carbon neutrality proposed by 2050.

This study provides a diagnosis of the implementation of the circular economy in the social housing industry in Chile. The costs, technical and social benefits, risks and opportunities of different circularity models currently in application are analyzed, which could - with appropriate incentives and promotion policies - generate new business models, green jobs and a decrease in the environmental impact of construction.

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