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Un fiordo de hormigón, protagonista del nuevo museo Munch en Oslo

Una mole de hormigón de 60 metros de altura emerge a orillas del fiordo de la capital del país escandinavo y, junto a la Ópera —estructura insignia de la nueva zona moderna de la ciudad—, pretende hacerse con las miradas de locales y foráne

Cement: Spanish demand jumps 22% YoY in March

Cement consumption in Spain soared 21.5 per cent YoY in March to 1.1Mt as the housing sector showed some recovery, according to Oficemen, the country’s cement association.

The Netherlands: first Concrete Sustainability Council certificates awarded

The first certificates for Concrete Sustainability Council (CSC) responsible sourcing were awarded during Building Holland, one of the major trade fairs for building, renovation and redevelopment in The Netherlands.

UK construction sector upbeat despite Brexit

The UK construction sector remains sanguine about the risks posed by Brexit. According to the latest Market/CIPS UK Construction Purchase Maangers’ Index (PMI), optimism regarding year-ahead business picked up to its second highest level since December 2015 on reduced Brexit-related anxiety and a resilient economy backdrop.

EU's winter package is ready for take-off

Thanks to the winter package, the energy union is nearly complete, and it's now time for member states and local governments to play their part, says Maroš Šefcovic.

3rd EU Energy Summit, Brussels

An opportunity to discuss the very recent EU initiatives and their impact on the energy market, and to debate how the EU could encourage and support the efforts required from the European economic and social actors to face major challenge

High-tech evolution in construction, Brussels

The construction industry is made up of 3 million companies of which 95% are SMEs and 5% are world-leading multinationals headquartered in Europe. Join the conference to discover new technologies and to discuss the changes it will bring to the industry and to the built environment.

Report shows European cities take initiative to tackle climate change

A new European Environment Agency (EEA) report ‘Financing urban adaptation to climate change’, released on 27 February, highlights the opportunities open to municipalities to share best practices and how they can support projects like green roofs or expanding city parks to help fight the effects of climate change.

Innovation in City Programmes shows the potential of energy efficiency

The report provides valuable information and insights into various approaches for governing energy and sustainability challenges in the existing building stock. The authors aim to build knowledge on success factors that can be designed into programmes as well as innovative measures for tackling various challenges.

EU environment ministers agree on ETS revision

According to the proposed directive, now due for deliberation in trialogue meetings, the number of allowances can be gradually reduced, to push up their cost and provide an incentive for industries to adopt cleaner technologies.

European Commission publishes chemicals and waste roadmap

The results of both the REACHi REFIT evaluation and the fitness check on chemicals legislation, excluding REACH, may provide information that will help the Commission decide which options should be developed. The aim is to draw up policies that can help a "seamless flow of materials recycled from waste as suitable raw materials back into the economy".

EU invests €444 million in energy infrastructure

The European Union Member States reached agreement on a proposal to invest some €444m in key European energy infrastructure projects. The funds will be provided by the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) and will be shared between 18 electricity, smart grid and gas initiatives.

Buildings crucial to accelerate the smart energy transition, says BPIE study

The study aims to grasp the mega trends and innovations affecting smart buildings and to provide an overview of how ready Member States are in regards to speeding up their development. It feeds into the ongoing revision of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive and Energy Efficiency Directive.

Council, MEPs far apart on waste law – leak

A draft position on the EU's waste legislation has indicated a large divide between the EU member states and MEPs on how far the law’s mandatory requirements should go.

Winter package: EU doesn't need 'one-size-fits-all' energy approach

I welcome the EU's goal to reconcile energy and climate targets in a package that will put energy efficiency first, develop more sustainable energy sources, and change the energy market design where necessary to deliver energy transition at the lowest societal cost.

MEP seeks to push CCS back onto European agenda

Europe needs huge investment in carbon capture and storage to meet its international climate commitments, MEP Lambert Van Nistelrooij said in Brussels on Thursday