Green and resilient construction: How to achieve material efficiency in construction now

How can we build more with fewer materials and greenhouse gas emissions? How can low-resource and low-emissions buildings become an EU standard? These were the topics at a top-class panel discussion chaired by the Center for European Policy Studies (CEPS), which took place in Brussels on 6 July 2023 in the framework of the ReConstruct platform, which is a joint initiative by the Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO) and CEPS. The updated EU Industrial Strategy emphasizes a rapid transition to low-carbon, digital, and more resilient construction. This will require cooperation among many stakeholders, including governments, both at the EU

Michael Liebreich wants existing low-carbon technologies to be scaled up much faster

Back in the 20th century, in order to reconcile the need for affordability and reliability, electricity operators ran big, inflexible plants flat out to cover the minimum demand level, or “baseload”. This they supplemented with smaller, flexible “peaking” plants to match demand at all times. It worked well as long as those big baseload plants delivered the cheapest power. Three things have changed, however, and the concept of baseload is in effect dead. The Economist

Green Deal 2050:Bauen für eine klimaneutrale Zukunft – Lösungen gesucht

Online-Diskussion zum Thema Green Deal 2050: Bauen für eine klimaneutrale Zukunft – Lösungen gesucht Montag, 22. März 2021, 15.00 – 16.30 Uhr Zukunftsfähiges Bauen braucht radikale Innovationen, wie uns herausragende Beispiele aus der Schweiz zeigen: Mit dem Quartier „Suurstoffi“ wird die Stadtentwicklung Richtung Null Emissionen vorangetrieben, an der ETH Zürich wird die Digitalisierung im Bauen ausgelotet und auf der Experimentalplattform NEST der EMPA werden die Bautechnologien der Zukunft umgesetzt. Die Forschungsplattform ReConstruct lädt zu einer Diskussion ein, wie sowohl Österreich als auch der EU-Green Deal von diesen Innovationen profitieren können und im Gebäudesektor die Klimaneutralität sichergestellt werden kann. Impulsstatement Leonore

MIT Researchers have created emissions-free cement

In the new process, the pulverized limestone is dissolved in the acid at one electrode and high-purity carbon dioxide is released, while calcium hydroxide, generally known as lime, precipitates out as a solid at the other. The calcium hydroxide can then be processed in another step to produce the cement, which is mostly calcium silicate. World Economic Forum