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Passive House: Building a sustainable future

25 Nov 2019

Against the background of climate change and increasing environmental awareness, new build construction is booming in some regions, while others face the challenge of retrofitting whole districts. In short: there has never been a better time to future-proof our building stock. The recent 23rd annual International Passive House Conference in Gaobeidian, China not only highlighted the international applicability of the Passive House standard, but also the enormous opportunity it presents to reduce CO2 emissions in the building sector.

India’s journey to double its energy productivity by 2040

13 Nov 2019

India’s high rate of population growth, urbanisation, and economic development has historically translated to rapidly increasing energy demand and greenhouse gas emissions. With India’s energy consumption expected to grow by 129% between 2015 and 2035[1], managing the relationship between energy consumption and economic growth will be crucial for the country’s sustainable development. 

Taking the heat off, sustainably

12 Nov 2019

For the record, 2018 has been the fourth warmest year. Extreme heat is no longer a random climate event; heatwaves are claiming more lives than ever before. In India, it has been estimated that the number of deaths from heat exposure can double in many cities and cost the Indian economy as much as USD 450 billion by 2030.   This brings into sharp focus the heightened need for sustainable cooling solutions.

Shifting gear in race to sustainable mobility is urgently needed

30 Sep 2019

At present, the transport sector accounts for around 28 percent of the global energy- related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. It is estimated that this may more than double by 2040 as a result of projected increases in the number of light-duty vehicles and associated fuel consumption. For example, according to ICCT [1], the number of motor vehicles on the world’s roads will be roughly double what it was in 2010: about 2.8 billion cars, trucks, motorcycles, and other vehicles. CO2 emissions from commercial aircraft are on a pace to triple by 2050, as both passenger air travel and air freight surge worldwide. 

The role of trade in diffusing energy efficiency technologies

30 Sep 2019

Energy efficiency has been identified as one of the most important tools to achieve energy savings, reduce pollution, and mitigate climate change. A wide range of technologies have been developed and adopted to improve energy efficiency in buildings, industry, transport and households. Such technologies, including goods, services, and management systems, represent a fast-growing category of Environmentally Sound Technologies [1]that contribute to several Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They have also been an essential part of climate action.

Cross-disciplinary collaboration is essential for continuous progress on sustainable practices

30 Sep 2019

Communicating sustainability remains a complex topic and has generally been addressed using specialised scientific language and publications, or over-simplified to the point of disservice to the sustainability goals. Recognising the gaps between academia, policy, and society as a whole, the team behind AEON Strategy developed AEON Collective, a research entity operating in parallel to AEON Strategy, with the objective of convening and propagating knowledge that will shed light on sustainable practices and exploring ideas that could contribute to development and progress.  

Extending the scope of energy efficiency policies via peer-to-peer learning on standardised saving methods

30 Sep 2019

National authorities in the European Union indicate that they would benefit from the pooling of best practices regarding deemed savings methods and standardised calculation formulas. It would assist them in delivering rapidly scalable savings and hence maximise their chances of successfully achieving their national energy savings targets as set under the Energy Efficiency Directive. A recent survey among national stakeholders indicated the sectors and individual energy savings actions that national stakeholders consider as the highest priority for the development and exchange of such standardised calculation methods. 

CUBE 2020: Addressing the energy transition for non-residential buildings

10 Jul 2019

Large companies are looking to equip themselves with a bottom-up approach to foster environmental performance in buildings to complement the top-down policies available in their significant portfolios (certifications, ISO 50001, facility management progress plans, etc.). Having noticed this market need, a contest – CUBE 2020, was created in 2013 by the French Institute for Building Efficiency (IFPEB), alongside global companies, asset managers and public authorities. Since then, many large organisations have used CUBE 2020 as a tool to create internal momentum towards this coveted efficiency.