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“Carbon washing is the new greenwashing”

July 31, 2021 Marcus Fairs 0
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The global push to reduce atmospheric carbon is being compromised by confusing terminology and misleading claims, argues Dezeen founder and editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs. Carbon washing is the new greenwashing. Growing alarm about climate change has triggered a rise in the number of companies making questionable claims that they are addressing the issue. Phrases such as

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Carbon neutrality “still allows for carbon emissions” says Google sustainability lead

July 30, 2021 Marcus Fairs 0
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Google continues to emit greenhouse gases despite claiming to be carbon neutral, Dezeen has learned. The tech giant, which says it has been carbon neutral since 2007 and claims to have eliminated its entire carbon legacy, has emitted around 20 million tonnes of carbon in that period. Yet it has adopted a definition of carbon

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Urbanism “is one of the best tools we have” in the fight against climate change

July 29, 2021 Marcus Fairs 0
Urbanism in Hong Kong

The shift to remote working from suburbs and the countryside due to the Covid-19 pandemic could lead to a huge rise in carbon emissions, according to Taylor Francis of decarbonisation platform Watershed. The trend could increase migration from cities and lead to less sustainable lifestyles, he told Dezeen. “One of the best tools we have

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BREEAM and LEED green certification schemes are “meaningless” says Andrew Waugh

July 28, 2021 Marcus Fairs 0
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Environmental certification schemes for buildings overlook embodied carbon and encourage architects to add unnecessary “systems and gizmos” to achieve high ratings, according to architect Andrew Waugh. Schemes such as BREEAM and LEED focus overwhelmingly on operational emissions rather than emissions from the construction supply chain, Waugh argued. However, embodied carbon emissions make up around half

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Foster, Grimshaw and ZHA among thousands of UK practices failing to back RIBA net-zero carbon challenge

July 19, 2021 Marcus Fairs 0
RIBA 2030 Climate Challenge

Less than six per cent of UK architecture firms have signed up to a RIBA climate initiative aimed at achieving net-zero carbon emissions from buildings they design. Just 230 of the 4,000 Royal Institute of British Architects chartered practices have signed its 2030 Climate Challenge. Leading practices including Foster + Partners, Zaha Hadid Architects and

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Drive to reduce embodied carbon in buildings makes biomaterials market a “really exciting space”

July 16, 2021 Marcus Fairs 0
Jan Wurm

Concerns over carbon emissions caused by the construction process are fuelling a surge of interest in biobased materials according to Arup research and innovation leader Jan Wurm. Demand for biomaterials such as mycelium, hemp, algae, bamboo and cork is growing, Wurm said, as architects search for materials that store atmospheric carbon rather than emitting it.

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Sweden faces “very serious” economic impacts as environmental ruling closes cement plant

July 15, 2021 Marcus Fairs 0
Slite cement plant in Gotland, Sweden

The closure of Sweden’s biggest cement factory on environmental grounds could cause up to 400,000 job losses and wipe out the country’s GDP growth, according to an alliance of construction bodies. Work could grind to a halt on three-quarters of all house-building projects and the construction sector could lose more than 20 billion Swedish Kronor

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“World’s first carbon-neutral cement plant” to be built in Sweden

July 15, 2021 Marcus Fairs 0
Slite cement plant

Cement giant HeidelbergCement has announced plans to eliminate carbon emissions from a plant in Sweden in a bid to decarbonise one of the world’s most polluting industries. The German company intends to upgrade a factory at Slite on the Swedish island of Gotland, which is operated by its Cementa subsidiary. The plant is currently the

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Governments have done “very little” to address climate change says head of zero-carbon development at global cities network

July 13, 2021 Marcus Fairs 0
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City leaders are doing more to eliminate global carbon emissions than national governments, according to Hélène Chartier of international network C40 Cities. Chartier, whose organisation is coordinating the climate strategies of almost 100 cities around the world, said that politicians have made “very, very little” progress on climate since the 2015 Paris Agreement. “Cities have

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Footage of “sinister” police raid on Antepavilion building triggers anger ahead of tensegrity structure unveiling

July 12, 2021 Marcus Fairs 0
Police raid Antepavilion office in London

Organisers of the annual Antepavilion architecture charity competition have released footage of police storming their building and arresting staff ahead of the opening of the rooftop tensegrity structure targeted in the raid. CCTV footage shows more than 40 officers streaming into the canalside Hoxton Docks arts building in east London after the door was forced

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