At the 26th UN Climate Change conference (COP26) in November, governments will outline steps they each need to take to limit global warming. Hundreds of cities and private companies have already pledged to get to “Net Zero” – removing as much CO2 as they produce – by 2050. The global construction industry is the largest producer of waste materials and significant amounts of CO2 which are produced through the extraction, fabrication, transportation, and installation of new building assets.
According to a recent report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), direct building CO2 emissions need to halve by 2030 to get on track for net-zero carbon building stock by 2050 in order to ensure that the targets of the Paris Climate Accord are met. The building and construction industry needs to become a climate leader in moving the needle toward this goal.
Many, if not most, of the largest engineering and construction companies in the world are committing to actions that mitigate the production of carbon across all aspects and phases of their business. But, the basis of any route map is, first, to understand where things are today and then to deploy a variety of techniques to achieve the stated goals. This project, which is being developed in collaboration with Turner & Townsend - one of the construction industry’s leading global consulting firms, studies methods and solutions for developing a baseline, using proven quantifiable measures, to achieve individual carbon reduction goals.
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