So, here we are; 2023 is critically staring us in the face, and we're seemingly still no closer to those all-important environmental goals. In fact, we’re so behind hand that, as Mary Robinson – Chair of the Elders Group of Former World Leaders, Ex-President of Ireland and Ex-UN Climate Envoy – puts it we’re "on the brink of a climate catastrophe".
It comes as no surprise then that the consensus from last month's COP27 wasn’t ideal, with analyses including the progression on cutting emissions being "too slow" and extreme changes being demanded, suggesting the largest economies should "make fresh commitments to cut greenhouse gas emissions".
With no time for finger pointing and fault finding, we must take pragmatic criticism on board if tangible environmental changes are to be made. What was evident from the intriguing seminars at last month's London Build was the inadequate phraseology of the term 'sustainability'. Whilst it's become more of a buzzword in the construction industry, with some scarcely meeting sustainability targets, other firms are spearheading the sector with authentic innovations that we should all look up to.
That said, there was a strong burning desire for environmental change among the audience and attendees of the show. Plus, with an influx of regular, highly-valuable ecological, net-zero and conservational content in the pages of FC&A, it's clear that the industry is ready to play the protagonist in the fight against climate change.
Sustainability runs through the very pages of this month's issue; from interviews, case studies and sector-specific advice, we continue to circulate invaluable guidance on limiting climate change. Topical highlights in this edition include the role of sustainable forestry here in the UK, zero-carbon pairings heat pumps and underfloor heating, natural ventilation systems and much more.
On behalf of the entire team at FC&A magazine, we wish you all a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!
ON THE COVER:
This summer, Biome became the new reality for the inhabitants of Avenue Emile Zola and Rue Violet in the 15th arrondissement of Paris.