The Green Promise to Financing Sustainable Cities: Green Bonds

Sustainalytics has been a key player in the green bond markets worldwide by supporting municipalities, governments and multinational companies accelerate their sustainability agenda and investment ambitions and align them with globally accepted market standards for sustainable development and green finance such as Green Bond Principles, Social Bond Principles, Sustainability Bond Guidelines, and Climate Bonds Initiative. …

This Paris forest project will dwarf New York’s Central Park

Much more than a “city of lights,” Paris is known as city of parks. Lovely gardens and vast parks already existed in Paris even during the Roman times and the Middle Ages. With around 421 parks and gardens giving lush vegetation to as much as 3,000 hectares of the city, Paris has taken a step …

Virtual power plant in South Australia

Tesla to build the world’s largest virtual power plant

With its decision to install the world’s largest virtual power plant, South Australia is shooting two birds in just a bullet: mitigate greenhouse gas emission and reduce power prices. The South Australian government signed a deal with Tesla to build what it tags as the world’s largest virtual power plant. State premier Jay Weatherill said in …

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World’s tallest wooden skyscraper to rise in Tokyo

An ambitious plan to build the world’s tallest timber skyscraper was unveiled by Japanese builder and developer Sumitomo Forestry Co, one of Japan’s biggest construction conglomerates. Projected to position itself in Central Tokyo at approximately 1,148 feet (around 350 meters), with 70-stories above ground, W350 Project (named after its height) will be Japan’s tallest building …

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Aquaponics: A smart and innovative way of feeding cities

Organic, natural, and sustainable. Name it and you have them in one smart and innovative system of urban agriculture. Some say that it could be the answer to food security; others claim that it will revolutionize urban farming to an unprecedented level if its maximum potential capacity is fully tapped. Still others opine that if …

Clean Energy Paris 100 Percent Renewable

Cities going 100% renewable

We’ve all heard of big companies pledging to go 100% renewable, including the famous RE100, which cumulates over 100 companies at the moment. The trend of not only making this promise, but starting to effectively take action, has reached its next level – cities. The newest hot thing about green cities is precisely this commitment to …

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Green City Sacramento

Sacramento is a far more manageable city than Los Angeles and that is why Volkswagen expressed its interest in establishing an electric vehicle carsharing network here, rather than in the sprawling city down south. This initiative is part of the $14.7 billion settlement that Volkswagen has reached with state and federal officials in 2016 after the diesel …

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RE100 and the complete switch to renewable energy

The Climate Group’s RE100 initiative, representing large firms switching to using 100% renewable energy globally, has stood up to its name, reaching the 100-member milestone. Our world will soon reach 9 billion people and renewable power needs to deliver, now more than ever. Initiatives in this sense are accelerating and businesses all over the globe …

Naples – a city of pollution and congestion

One of the most polluted cities of Italy is Naples (or Napoli), and it is currently facing a multitude of environmental and infrastructural issues. The waste crisis, the streets full of potholes, the unbreathable air, the high pollution and the congestion all affect the development of the city and, implicitly, its citizens. Naples is renowned for …

Forest Cities for China’s Air Pollution Plague

It is well-known that China has been struggling with remarkably high levels of air pollution lately. There is, however, light at the end of the tunnel – forest cities, blanketed in greenery, designed to absorb carbon dioxide and fight pollution. Stefano Boeri is hardly a new name in green architecture, oriented towards sustainable growth. He …