Carbon + circularity: ‘Future of Construction’ in The Times

New writing… Pleased to say I have had another couple of articles published in The Times newspaper, as part of a special Raconteur report on the Future of Construction.

Exploring how sustainability in the built environment calls for a change in mindset, the pieces examine both the prospects for a circular economy and the rate of radical decarbonisation that is required of the construction industry, as a whole.

According to the OECD, world consumption of raw materials is set to double by 2060, with construction a major part of the problem, as urbanisation runs riot around the globe. In fact, associated construction waste is forecast to rise almost twofold within just a matter of a few years, by 2025.

Amounting to an alarmimg 40% of total emissions, the carbon footprint of the built environment also represents a major hurdle in greening the sector and the UK Construction 2025 deadline for a 50% cut looms large.

The clock is ticking fast. So, to learn more about the challenge facing construction and the industry response, please check out the articles in full, complete with expert insights, comment and analysis, by clicking here:

‘Carbon, carrots and sticks: Can the circular economy in construction really work?’

The full 16-page Future of Construction report is available to view/download here.


 


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Future of Construction: Change is in the Air

New writing... Pleased to say I have another piece published in The Times newspaper today, as part of a special report on the Future of Construction, by Raconteur. It looks at how the construction sector stands accused as a polluter, but has an opportunity to clean up its act – not just on urban air quality, but environmental impacts and emissions in general, including carbon:

‘Change is in the air with city pollution’.

The full 16-page  report is available to view/download here.

Post-Paris and after Brexit: ‘Future of Energy’ in The Times

New writing… Pleased to say I have had another couple of pieces published in The Times newspaper today, as part of a special Raconteur report on the Future of Energy.

The Overview article which opens the report looks at how energy is not only being stripped of carbon emissions post-Paris, but it is also being disrupted by digitisation:

‘Power play is an energy shake-up’.

My second piece on Page 4 reviews how progress on renewable energy has suffered setbacks in the UK, but opportunities ranging from the continent of Africa to the coffee shops of London show green alternatives to coal, oil and gas still offer long-term promise:

‘Fears for UK green targets after Brexit’.

The full 16-page Future of Energy report is available to view/download here.

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