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Copenhagen ‘should create
Saudi invests in schools
Saudi Arabia has announced a carbon-cutting road map’
a SR20bn (£3.2bn) project to
construct 3,200 schools for distillers and communicators of
1.7m pupils in different parts of n
A road map for delivering
ambitious carbon reduction complex ideas.’ Peter Head, leader
the kingdom. The ministry of targets needs to be made at the of engineering consultant Arup’s
education has undertaken a plan Copenhagen climate talks or the global planning business, agreed
to design new school buildings, world faces continued deadlock that a fully binding agreement
supervise their construction and over detailed policy, according to an was probably out of reach of the
carry out their maintenance. It analyst at Fulcrum Consulting. Copenhagen talks, but was hopeful
has already signed contracts In Copenhagen this month, of a ‘sufficiently robust and credible’
with private companies for more than 180 countries will gather framework being achieved that will
the maintenance of 30 school to negotiate and agree a new ultimately lead to a 50 per cent cut
buildings. international deal to tackle climate in carbon emissions by 2050.
change, replacing the ‘Ideally a full agreement would
WYG makes £12m profit Kyoto agreement which expires of staying locked in debates about be in place by the end of 2010 with
International multidisciplinary in 2012. policy detail rather than working out governments starting to implement
consultancy, the White Young Jules Saunderson, sustainable how to approach the actual task. necessary legal and policy changes
Green Group, has announced a design engineer and technical ‘This can be seen with the zero in the interim,’ he said.
£12m profit in its annual results policy analyst at Fulcrum, believes carbon targets in the UK: three years Meanwhile, UK-based
along with a proposed refinancing Copenhagen is the ideal place to after they were first announced, environmental group Friends of
agreement. The group has spent create a road map for delivering the we’re still arguing about the the Earth has released a report,
the last 12 months restructuring targets – not just deliberating about definition. A Dangerous Obsession, which
its business and negotiating a policy – starting with redefining the ‘With Copenhagen, there’s an concludes that carbon trading
new deal with its lenders after role of engineers. even stronger case for backing up markets pose the same financial
accumulating more than £90m He said: ‘The conference should targets with a cohesive strategy for risk to global economies as the
of debt. attach as much importance to delivery. This road map would start sub-prime mortgage crisis, and only
facilitating delivery of solutions as with new ways of engaging with serve as a smokescreen for inaction
Plain sailing for F+P to setting targets, or we’re in danger engineers – redefining their role as on climate change.
Foster + Partners has designed
a new sailing yacht, Panthalassa,
which was launched at Perini
Trust report to call for more joined-up policy
Navi’s boatyard in Viareggio, Italy. The Carbon Trust is soon to issue a heat and air through a building: Farmer added: ‘What we are
The 56-metre-long vessel uses report to government mapping out ‘If we start off with a plan of a very now looking for is how we can pull
skylights to introduce natural the steps needed to reduce carbon energy efficient building, which these policies together so they
light below deck, which has three emissions from non-domestic then, by fault or not knowing, is cover the people constructing the
levels, a fly deck, the main saloon buildings. changed by putting a roof or a wall buildings and using the buildings.
and the guest and crew quarters. The report is expected to in the wrong place, then the whole The regulatory elements are largely
They are connected by an oval advise government that joined-up system is upset.’ already there, we just need the
stair, which is surrounded by light- thinking – from the architect down The report will also say that implementation.’
reflecting acrylic rods to mirror to the facilities manager – is vital in current government energy The report was compiled using a
daylight back into the living areas. reducing carbon. efficiency policies are good, but not computer model called DeCODE,
Stuart Farmer, head of building good enough alone to achieve the devised by consulting engineers
Growth for China and India strategy, said they all need to 35 per cent reduction in CO2 needed Arup, to break down the building
China will overtake the US to understand the complex flow of by 2020. stock sector by sector.
become the largest construction
market by 2018. But construction
in India will grow faster than in
BDP goes to
China up to 2020,says the report Bollywood
by Oxford Economics. www. BDP has won its first architectural commission
in India at the heart of the
Correction Bollywood film industry. The
In last month’s news section scheme is a 154,000 sq m retail-
it was stated that WSP had led mixed-use development in
rebranded itself WSP Lincolne Mumbai, for Indian developer
Scott following a merger that Khubchandani. Three parcels
took place two years ago. The of land will be developed by
Journal would like to point out the interdisciplinary practice,
that it was in fact the Australian creating an urban oasis, a luxury
arm of the WSP Group that high end mall, office space,
rebranded itself WSP Lincolne residential and leisure areas.
Scott, and the Group name The aim will be to achieve a
remains unchanged. LEED platinum rating.
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