The EU needs mandatory Minimum Energy Performance Standards for old and new buildings, backed by solid financial and technical support, to realise its Renovation Wave for net zero.
More than half of the world’s 7.8 billion people live in cities and urban areas. By 2050, an additional 2.5 billion will be living there. As that figure continues to climb and ever more people flock to metropolitan areas in the hope of a better life, the big question is: how do we fit everyone in?
Now COP26 has finished, we need new solutions to prove that the UK can achieve the government’s goal and reach net zero by 2050. Now, a partnership between South Wales and western England is poised to become a green energy super cluster.
Climate change is magnifying threats such as flooding, wildfires, tropical storms and drought. In 2020 the US experienced a record-breaking 22 weather and climate disasters that each caused at least $1bn in damage. So far in 2021, the count stands at 18.
The idea of transforming cities from concrete jungles to urban forests is a popular one. But has your city actually turned into a lush oasis yet? No, neither has ours.
Britain has been plagued by floods for decades, with affected areas feeling overlooked. Will flooded hospitals and Tube stations break the cycle of neglect?
Office for Budget Responsibility data shows the net cost of the UK’s energy transition is to be borne by the power and buildings sectors.
Will Butler-Adams, the CEO of Brompton, on climate change, fitness and the future of urban transport.
Work, education, entertainment, or simply better connectivity all draw people to urban areas. By the end of this century, around 85% of the world population are predicted to live in cities, but new research has shone a light on what suburban means for emission levels.
A majority of European countries have failed to comply with the latest nearly zero-energy buildings standards, which must be revised to make them more harmonised, says the Buildings Performance Institute Europe, a think tank.
Amsterdam’s fig trees are showing why cities will play a vital role in the fight to stop the decline of biodiversity
Ever since humans started to create settlements thousands of years ago, many plant and animal species have struggled to survive. However, some have managed to find a new habitat inside and around urban areas. Could a change in human attitude towards nature help to halt the decline of biodiversity?
Air pollution levels are emerging on migration checklists as quality of life competes with financial factors in the post-pandemic green recovery.