Monday, 27 April 2015

Chemistry: Building Energy Efficiency into Smart Cities

SusChem's thinking on chemistry's contribution to energy efficiency in buildings and their contribution to Smart Cities initiatives is featured in the latest Nexus Blog: the American Chemical Society (ACS) blog on Green Chemistry. The article was written by SusChem coordinator Jacques Komornicki and is based on the SusChem report "Innovative chemistry for Energy Efficiency of buildings in Smart Cities". The ACS's Nexus Blog aims to connect and expand the global green chemistry and engineering community.

The Nexus blog article covers a range of key chemistry-enabled solutions for Smart Cities initiatives including:

  • High Reflectance Indoor Coatings
  • High Reflectance and Durable Outdoor Coatings
  • High Performance Insulation Foams
  • High Performance Vacuum Insulation Panels
  • Phase Change Materials (PCM)
Today, almost 75% of European citizens live in cities and this trend will continue. To succeed in creating sustainable and healthy cities, the Covenant of Mayors was launched in 2008 and is working to to support Europe’s 20-20-20 objectives of 20% reduction in emissions, 20% renewable energies and 20% improvement in energy efficiency by 2020.

You can learn more about these Key Innovations for Smart Cities in the SusChem report: "Innovative chemistry for Energy efficiency of buildings in smart cities." For more information, please contact Jacques Kormornicki at Cefic directly. 

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