‘Tipping point for climate’ says leading academic at CCC summit

‘Tipping point for climate’ says leading academic at CCC summit

The earth’s biophysical capacity is no long sufficient to support mankind’s actions, said Professor Johan Rockström of the Stockholm Resilience Centre at the inaugural Construction Climate Change summit.

Rockström was one of the keynote speakers at the first Construction Climate Challenge (CCC) summit. He was talking to 150 experts from industry, government and civil society in Gothenburg, Sweden, 24 June, has urged society to target a maximum increase in global average temperature of 2oC this century and reduce carbon emissions to zero.

“We have reached a tipping point where the earth’s biophysical capacity is no longer sufficient to support mankind’s activities,” he said. “Mankind has become a planetary force for change. To offset this we need a big effort from industry, government and communities in order to keep the planet within the sustainable 2oC limit.”

The event also saw speakers from the WWF, European Commission, academia, public utilities and leading contractors, as well as participation from leading non-governmental organisations such as World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and World Green Building Council (WGBC). Organised by Volvo Construction Equipment, the CCC Summit debated issues such as how circular business models and cooperation across the value chain – together with innovations and research – can reduce the climate impact of construction.

“Collaboration and common language will be the key factors to achieving our environmental target,” said Martin Weissburg, president of Volvo Construction Equipment, and host of the summit. “Industry, business, policy makers, legislators and market forces – all of us have a role in this. We have a shared vision – to improve our planet for the next generations. The CCC is designed to break down the barriers to cooperation and communication between our different interest groups. But it has to be more than just words or study, but also be a call to action that leads to meaningful change. I am confident that the motivation exists and we can make a difference.”