The Construction Climate Challenge is hosted by Volvo CE to drive sustainability specifically in the construction industry value chain. We aim to create a dialogue between industry representatives, academics and politicians, as well as providing funding for new research and sharing existing knowledge and resources to help the industry make a difference for generations to come.

Volvo CE has long been committed to reducing harmful emissions from its products and facilities, but climate change is too big of an issue to be dealt with through the resources of one company alone. As summarized already in 1972 by former Volvo Group President and CEO Pehr G. Gyllenhammar, ‘We are part of the problem – but we are also part of the solution’.

Video Interview: Martin Weissburg, President of Volvo Construction Equipment, talks about the impact of the construction industry on climate change, why Volvo Construction Equipment is hosting the Construction Climate Challenge initiative and how it aims to involve the industry’s entire value chain.


The following four research areas are in focus CCC for research:

Resource & Energy Efficiency

Resource & Energy efficiency is about reducing CO2 footprint and protecting Earth’s limited resources measured across the construction life cycle.  Across the construction value chain this means reducing the environmental impact of production, transport and use/re-use of building materials and waste, use of construction equipment as well as from the structures that are built etc. Read more here.

Collaboration along the Value Chain

Collaboration along the Value Chain is about means of collaboration to minimize the overall environmental footprint through a common “language” and definitions, procurement requirements, competence transfer etc. It is about establishing agreed frameworks incl. objectives and methods for measurement and follow up. Read more.

Circular Business Models

Circular Business Models help us use Earth’s limited resources in a more efficient way. By developing and deploying alternative business models, we can move towards more environmentally sustainable solutions, while maintaining and enhancing competitiveness and profitability. Read more.

Innovation & Emerging Technologies

Innovations and new technologies are vital in creating breakthroughs in reducing environmental footprint. To succeed we need to rethink how we operate our business and drive sustainable thinking. Apart from a mindset change, if we are to succeed in significantly reducing the CO2 footprint and use of resources, new technologies are needed as well. Read more.