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New Net-Zero Estate Playbook plots decarbonisation of UK Government's buildings

The UK Government has published a new 'playbook' detailing how it plans to decarbonise public sector buildings including schools, hospitals and prisons in line with national net-zero targets.

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Green leases, renewable electricity and alternative fuels: Inside Lendlease's first year working towards absolute zero emissions

International property and investments group Lendlease has spoken exclusively with edie about the actions it has taken to decarbonise in its first year since setting a 2025 net-zero target for operations and a 2040 'absolute zero-carbon' target.

Time to build our infrastructure on green foundations

Thomas Guillot, Chief Executive of the Global Cement and Concrete Association discusses the sectors road to net-zero emissions.

The cement and concrete sector accounts for around 7% of annual global emissions 

Concrete commitment: Cement industry sets 2030 climate goals on road to net-zero by 2050

Some of the world's largest cement and concrete businesses have committed to reduce the emissions intensity of their products by up to 25% this decade, as the industry works towards a shared net-zero vision for 2050.

The Business Guide to Net-Zero Carbon Buildings

With buildings now accounting for more than half of total city emissions on average, it’s clear that urgent and dramatic action is required to accelerate the decarbonisation of the built environment. In addition, the devastating impacts of the coronavirus pandemic has seen those that are able to work from home, creating a new dynamic for the energy use and management of corporate buildings.

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Government's plans for decarbonising heavy industry 'not enough to meet net-zero', businesses warn

The Government's recent Hydrogen Strategy and updated Industrial Strategy do not provide enough information on - or support for - decarbonising in line with net-zero, businesses including Liberty Steel and Cemex are warning.

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What makes a sustainability leader? Meet net-zero champions Holcim

With the entry deadline for edie's 2022 Sustainability Leaders Awards less than a month away, this series showcases the achievements of previous winners and reveals their secrets to success. Up next: Winner of our 'Net-Zero Carbon Strategy' award, Holcim Group.

Electrification must look beyond how vehicles are powered

Technology holds the key to realising carbon targets and making the advancements that are needed to achieve global environmental security, BMW's senior expert sustainable supply chain management Claudia Becker argues.

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Kingspan Group and Royal DSM get seal of approval for science-based climate commitments

Building materials manufacturer Kingspan has pledged to cut operational emissions by 90% this decade, while Royal DSM has pledged a 50% cut within the same timeframe, under newly-approved science-based climate targets.

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Kingspan signs for €700m sustainability-linked loan

Building materials and design giant Kingspan has signed for a new €700m revolving credit facility with interest rates linked to environmental targets.

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'One Decade to Act': Multiplex Europe plots course to net-zero

Major construction contractor Multiplex Europe has outlined a string of 2030 climate targets on the road to net-zero by 2050, including measures to cut on-site emissions and embodied carbon.

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Net-zero whisky production and a new hydrogen plant: The sustainability success stories of the week

As part of our Mission Possible campaign, edie brings you this weekly round-up of five of the best sustainability success stories of the week from across the globe.

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Kingspan targets net-zero carbon manufacturing by 2030

Building materials and design giant Kingspan has pledged to reach net-zero emissions from its estate of more than 160 manufacturing sites this decade.

Stephanie has played a key role in developing, driving and communicating Wienerberger's sustainability strategy

Meet edie's 30 Under 30 Class of 2020: Stephanie Palmer, Wienerberger UK

This new series profiles the members of edie's 30 Under 30 - a nomination-based community of 30 hugely talented young sustainability and energy professionals who have already achieved great things or are showing fantastic promise. Up next: Stephanie Palmer, sustainability manager at Wienerberger UK.

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Major renewable hydrogen demo project comes online at Welsh cement plant

Building materials giant Hanson UK has installed a renewable hydrogen generation unit at one of its facilities near Swansea, Wales, to test the potential of replacing natural gas with lower-carbon alternatives.

Steel is a notoriously high-emitting and hard-to-abate sector

The Climate Group unites business giants in push for net-zero steel

Multiplex Construction Europe and Grosvenor Britain & Ireland are among the members of a new business-led initiative designed to drive the net-zero transition in the global steel sector.

LafargeHolcim has committed to becoming the first global building materials company to have targets approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi)

LafargeHolcim links €850m to decarbonisation goals

The world's largest cement manufacturer, LafargeHolcim, has priced an €850m bond linked to the company's sustainability targets.

The global cement industry is estimated to account for 6-7% of man-made greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions annually

World's largest cement manufacturer commits to science-based targets and net-zero pathway

The world's largest cement manufacturer, LafargeHolcim, has committed to becoming the first global building materials company to have targets approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).

The global cement industry is estimated to account for 6-7% of man-made greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions annually

Manufacturers aim for carbon-neutral cement by 2050

A group of the world's leading producers of cement have issued a new industry commitment to deliver carbon-neutral concrete by 2050.

Each of these success stories exemplifies how businesses are ramping up ambitions and actions in all areas of sustainable development 

Tesla's generation licence granted and Amazon's climate pledge grows: The sustainability success stories of the week

As part of our Mission Possible campaign, edie brings you this weekly round-up of five of the best sustainability success stories of the week from across the globe.

Around 80% of the UK’s building stock for 2050 is already built

Government taskforce sets out tools to unlock £65bn investment into green housing

The UK Government's Green Finance Institute (GFI) has found that scaling up green retrofitting of the UK's existing housing stock would require investments of up to £65bn while supporting the economic recovery, as the Green Alliance calls for policy amendments to retrofitting in the UK.

The global cement industry is estimated to account for 6-7% of man-made greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions annually and is widely considered hard-to-abate. Image: Cemex

Cemex targets net-zero concrete by 2050

Multinational cement and building materials giant Cemex has pledged to reach net-zero across its operations and products by 2050, as part of a new climate action strategy.

The strategy also commits to a year-on-year reduction of construction waste

Sir Robert McAlpine targets net-zero emissions by 2024

Building and civil engineering company Sir Robert McAlpine has announced a new public commitment to implement carbon reduction initiatives to reach net-zero emissions in the next five years.

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Net-zero cities can unlock $24tn opportunity, report finds

Investment into readily available technologies could reduce emissions from cities by 90% by 2050, while creating a global economic benefit worth almost $24trn (£19trn), a new report has claimed.

Before moving to Wessex Water in 2017, Olivia worked for EcoSurety while studying part-time for her masters

Meet edie's 30 Under 30 Class of 2019: Olivia Green, Wessex Water

This new series profiles the members of edie's 30 Under 30 - a nomination-based community of 30 hugely talented young sustainability and energy professionals who have already achieved great things or are showing fantastic promise. Next up: Olivia Green, sustainability coordinator at Wessex Water.

Cemex is one of the world's largest building materials firms, employing more than 50,000 people across 50 countries and recording annual sales of around $16bn (£12.7bn)

Cemex commits to align strategy with the SDGs

Multinational cement and building materials giant Cemex has pledged to align its business and sustainability strategies with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) framework, after identifying key focus areas through mapping exercises.


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