Laying the Foundations of a Circular Construction Industry
This case study shows how one Finnish city reduced building and construction emissions with innovative circular economy strategies using local materials.
Buildings and construction consume half of the world’s natural resources and about 40% of it's energy. The sector also accounts for a third of global greenhouse gas emissions.
This case study showcases the CircVol project in Turku, Finland, and its innovative circular solution to decrease carbon emissions and other lifecycle impacts of buildings and infrastructure. The clay-based material developed by the project can be used as an alternative for part of the estimated 100 million tons of rock needed for construction across Finland, limiting the extraction of virgin material as well as increasing the use of local materials in place of carbon-intensive imports. This case study was produced by ICLEI.
Reflections from International Youth Day
UrbanShift's Youth Day webinar highlighted inspiring youth and city led sustainability initiatives from China, India, Indonesia and Sierra Leone, with speakers reiterating the importance of meaningfully engaging young people in climate action.
CDP-ICLEI Track: Climate Change Mitigation & Adaptation Planning in Cities
Data-driven decision-making is key to delivering on climate action policies and plans. Join us to learn more about the CDP-ICLEI Track, a unified climate reporting system.
Engaging youth in climate action: Pragmatically moving forward
Young people must be involved in critical decisions concerning their future and given an active role in addressing the climate emergency. Join UrbanShift for a lively discussion on this topic on International Youth Day.
State of Finance for Nature in Cities 2023
In this publication, UNEP and the Penn Institute for Urban Research outline gaps and opportunities for financing Nature-based Solutions in cities, best practices from around the world, and actions that can be taken to scale up investments in nature.