Carbon Neutrality by 2050 is the world’s most urgent mission

Carbon levels are at a record high and the past decade has been the hottest of all times on record. There is a need to cut production of fossil fuels by 6% annually between present times and 2030 to fight climate change, but instead the world is on a track for a 2% annual rise. With the adoption of Paris Agreement by countries, a movement of carbon neutrality is paving its way and it is expected that 70% of the world economies will commit to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. Read more

Andhra makes energy conservation code mandatory for commercial buildings

The state government has made Andhra Pradesh Energy Conservation Building Code (APECBC) mandatory to get building approvals for all commercial buildings with a plot area of 1,000 square meters or built-up area of 2,000 square meters. Further, the Code will be mandatory for all multiplexes, hospitals, hotels and convention centers irrespective of their built-up area. Read more

Washington state proposes legislation to phase out natural gas utility service

Washington House Bill 1084,The Healthy Homes and Clean Buildings Act, would require all new buildings in the State Washington to be zero-carbon by 2030 and seek to eliminate fossil fuel consumption in existing buildings by 2050. The legislation put Washington on pace to become the first U.S. state to implement statewide restrictions on natural gas infrastructure in new construction, while simultaneously tackling retrofits in existing buildings. This is a move towards decarbonizing the building sector with electric utilities taking the chief responsibility for heating homes and businesses. Read more

Godrej & Boyce – the only Indian company to be a finalist at the World GBC ‘Asia Pacific Leadership in Green Building’ Awards 2020

Godrej & Boyce was nominated as one of the four finalists for the ‘Business Leadership in Sustainability Award’ that recognizes companies which are truly integrating sustainability into their business models and contributing in the transition towards a sustainably built environment. Furthermore, the Plant 13 Annexe building located at Vikhroli (Mumbai) was nominated as a finalist in the Leadership in Sustainable Design and Performance Award category, which recognizes pioneering green building projects that deliver a range of benefits through a holistic approach to sustainability. A webinar on this building can be found here. Read more

5th edition of 2020 Global Status Report for Buildings and Construction is published

The annual report by GlobalABC highlights that the building sector is far from being on track for decarbonisation, notwithstanding the effects of COVID-19. However, it is possible to achieve net-zero by 2050 using existing technologies with bold action, policy and investments. Achieving net-zero for buildings can yield multiple benefits including economic growth. Read more

Direct building CO2 emissions need to halve by 2030 to get on track for net zero carbon building stock by 2050

Emissions from the operation of buildings hit their highest-ever level in 2019, moving the sector further away from fulfilling its huge potential to slow climate change and contribute significantly to the goals of the Paris Agreement, according to a UN Report. This increase was due to a shift away from the direct use of coal, oil and traditional biomass towards electricity, which had a higher carbon content due to the high proportion of fossil fuels used in generation. To get on track to net-zero carbon building stock by 2050, the International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates that direct building CO2 emissions need, by 2030, to fall by 50% and indirect building sector emissions by 60%. To achieve this, all actors across the buildings value chain need to increase decarbonization actions and their impact by a factor of five. Read more

Net zero emissions attainable by 2030 in Maldives

President of Maldives, Mr Ibrahim Mohamed Solih stated during the United Nations Climate Ambition Summit that Maldives could achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2030 with international aid. Maldives with the majority of its economy being dependent on the tourism industry has started adopting eco-friendly and sustainable measures in majority of its resorts. Read more

Climate Ambition Summit builds momentum for COP26

Climate Ambition Summit marked the 5th anniversary of the Paris Agreement. The number of countries coming forward with strengthened national climate plans (NDCs) grew significantly, speeding up the shift from grey to green economies. India announced a new target of 450 GW installed capacity of renewable energy by 2030. Read more

NUS SDE4 bags ILFI zero energy certification

NUS School of Design and Environment 4 (SDE4) which has been in operation since Jan 2009 is the first building in Southeast Asia to be awarded with the stringent zero energy certification by International Living Future Institute (ILFI), on of the world’s most prestigious sustainability organisations. Read more

12000 street lights in Visakhapatnam to go green

Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) is preparing a project report to replace nearly 12000 street lights with solar powered lights for Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC). Each solar powered street light along with its accessories and pole costs INR 70,000/- approx. Read more

8 MW solar powered farm commissioned in Maharashtra

Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company and Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) commissioned 8 MW solar-agro project at Devdaithan, Maharashtra. This is a part of larger initiative to transform DISCOM’s agriculture – power supplying feeders to solar powered feeders which will reduce 11,500 tonnes of CO2e saving 2.2 crore for DISCOM annually. Read more

14th Dec – National Energy Conservation Day

The national energy conservation is celebrated across India on 14th Dec to raise awareness about energy efficiency and appreciate the endeavours in reducing energy intensity by awarding best performers across various industrial sectors by Bureau of Energy Efficiency. Read more

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