Tag Archives: Low carbon

Researchers repurpose wind turbine blades as footbridge structure elements


A transatlantic research network is finding ways to repurpose decommissioned wind turbine blades as footbridges.

As the government scales up wind farm development, the challenge of disposing of turbine blades when they reach the end of their lives is gaining urgency. Turbine blades are primarily made of glass fibre reinforced polymer…

Trustee’s View | UAE heads to sustainable future


The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has advanced rapidly regarding urban development and infrastructure, positioning itself as a global trade and transportation hub. However, high energy consumption associated with such rapid growth poses challenges, particularly around climate change and sustainability. Reliance on air conditioning, coupled with low-efficiency façades and the energy…

Could plant derived material replace bitumen in asphalt?


A material made from the cell walls of plants is helping reduce the carbon footprint of roads in Rotherham.

Can asphalt really be carbon negative? If asphalt specialists SteelPhalt are to be believed, the answer is yes. SteelPhalt in collaboration with Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council (RMBC) is trialling the use of…

Innovation Showcase | Algeco incorporates smart technology to lower energy use in site buildings


Algeco temporary buildings use smart technology to improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions.

Building contractors are always seeking new ways to lower energy consumption from temporary site buildings and permanent structures. Integrating smart technology into their site accommodation is a highly effective and relatively low cost way to achieve this.…

ICE helps to publish revised carbon reduction standard


Standards body BSI has published a revised PAS 2080 standard for carbon management, with help from the ICE. It will give built environment professionals the tools and knowledge they need to accelerate the decarbonisation of buildings and infrastructure.  PAS 2080 was the world’s first specification for managing whole-life carbon in…