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On March 15, Construction21 launched the 5th edition of the Green Solutions Awards at MIPIM in Cannes, France

This international competition of sustainable buildings, districts and infrastructures is supported by ADEME and the Global Alliance for Buildings & Construction. It aims to widely disseminate innovation in order to accelerate transition to a more sustainable world. The winners will be announced in Bonn, Germany, in November, during the Conference of the Parties on climate change (COP23).

In 2017, the competition includes infrastructures and expands in China


After buildings and districts, the contest will promote this year a third kind of realisations : infrastructures. Green energies, responsible mobility, water cycle, biodiversity & ecosystems, circular economy & waste, digital services : so many solutions contributing to reducing our carbon footprint to be highlighted by the Green Solutions Awards.

The other novelty is geographic: Construction21, already present in Europe and Africa will open in China on March 23, giving access to Chinese innovations to all professionals… and also the opportunity for French ones to show their own skills and know-how !

Events to exchange directly with professionals

Launch at MIPIM, press conferences in all countries to announce national winners in September, events in World Efficiency and Batimat, Awards ceremony at the COP23 in Bonn, Germany, in November… so many opportunities to highlight the candidates and their realisations.

Apply by simply publishing a case study

The contest is open to all types of buildings, districts or infrastructures, new or renovated. Only one requirement : competing realisations must be delivered before June30, 2017 (and after January 1st, 2012 for buildings and infrastructures).

To enter the contest, participants only need to publish a case study before June 1st, 2017 in one of Construction21 databases. It will be moderated by one of the Construction21 national team, then translated to become visible in English, French, Italian, Spanish and Chinese over the whole network.

A jury of experts and an online vote will determine the winners in each country, and then the international winners.

Source: Construction21

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) committed $4.4 billion for projects that target climate change adaptation and mitigation, renewable energy and environmental sustainability in 2014, an increase of $1.5 billion over the previous year.

This investment represents one-third of the Banks’ lending for the year, surpassing its institutional target of 25 percent, according to the IDB’s annual Sustainability Report unveiled here today.

The Report highlights the Bank’s sustainability performance in 2014, both in achieving institutional sustainability investment targets, as well as through a series of stories about the projects it is undertaking in its member countries.

Projects highlighted in the Report include a new model for sustainable hydropower in Peru and the transformation of an urban landscape with new green spaces in Brazil.

The Sustainability Report also details the Banks work to implement a new sustainable infrastructure strategy and vision—one that sees a shift from infrastructure being a fixed asset to infrastructure that is planned, built, and maintained as a service for people. Other examples of the Bank’s work with member countries highlighted in the publication include improving environmental and social standards in wind projects in Uruguay, and a sustainable tourism program in Belize.

Additionally in 2014, in partnership with the Harvard Zofnass Program, three infrastructure projects in the region that demonstrated efforts to integrate sustainability into planning, design, construction, and operation, were recognized with the Infrastructure 360 Award.

The IDB has also continued to expand its activities through special initiatives focused on different elements of sustainability in Latin America and the Caribbean. In 2014, fourteen cities joined the Emerging and Sustainable Cities Initiative, which helps to identify actions required and to leverage critical funds that help cities on a path to long-term urban sustainability.

In addition, the Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Program, now in its second year, provided funding in 2014 for 10 new projects which integrate biodiversity and ecosystem services into key economic sectors, such as infrastructure, agriculture, energy, and tourism.