CCC News

4 September 2019

Focusing on the whole life cycle key to achieving carbon reductions

Already today, with existing technology and materials, it is possible to reduce CO2 emissions from infrastructure and housing projects by up to 50 per cent. However, everyone in the value chain needs to contribute their share, particular in the early phases. In recent years, Maria Brogren, Director, Sustainability & Innovation, WSP Sweden, has seen a […]

8 July 2019

Construction Climate Challenge Supports Innovation through California Climate Cup

The Construction Climate Challenge, hosted by Volvo Construction Equipment, and Volvo Group North America recently sponsored the California Climate Cup, a competition to promote innovative startup entrepreneurs whose companies address climate resilience and carbon reduction measures. The California Climate Cup spotlighted startups during competitions in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sacramento. Those selected to compete […]

13 June 2019

Will procurement requirements be the solution for carbon reduction in infrastructure projects?

Are procurement requirements the answer to carbon reduction in infrastructure construction projects? The recently finalized research project Impres has the answer and gives its recommendations on how to achieve greater carbon reductions. Download the full report here. Stefan Uppenberg, Project Manager for the Impres project and Sustainability Consultant at WSP, gives his recommendations to the […]

7 June 2019

UEPG: Construction aggregates industry working hand in hand with nature

Aggregates, a base component of construction materials such as concrete, are the most extracted raw materials in the world. They add strength to the composite materials and serve as a reinforcement, Today, the European Aggregates Industry represents a sector of more than 15,000 companies, mostly SMEs. Some 2.7 billion tonnes of aggregates are produced every […]

3 June 2019

How the Netherlands constructed its first carbon-neutral highway

Through public-private collaboration, and by setting clear and ambitious targets, the A6 project resulted in the first carbon-neutral highway ever built in the Netherlands. But it is unlikely to be the last as lessons from the project will be applied to future tendering processes. From the very beginning of the A6 highway extension project, which […]

2 May 2019

Procurement requirements to reduce emissions in infrastructure projects

To reach Sweden’s national climate reduction goals the Swedish Transport Administration has implemented them into the procurement of all new construction projects. Sweden has a national goal to be climate neutral by 2045. To be able to reach that the Swedish Transport Administration (STA) has set up intermediate goals, which include a 15 percent reduction […]

25 April 2019

CITT carbon tool reduces carbon and cost

In terms of supply chain engagement, linking carbon to cost allows for a quick assessment of commercial benefits linked to low carbon interventions leading to a quick and easy engagement with suppliers. The Carbon Infrastructure Transformation Tool (CITT) research project has released a new white paper. The examples in the white paper were developed by […]

1 April 2019

“Carbon does not have to be a tricky topic”

There is sometimes a lot of confusion surrounding the topic of carbon. It’s an invisible material that not everyone is used to working with. But it doesn’t have to be that difficult. Lara Young explains why.

27 March 2019

CECE draws up ‘Construction 2030’ strategy for the European Union

CECE, the Brussels-based construction equipment association, is spearheading an ambitious Europe-wide industry development strategy to be known as ‘Construction 2030’. It is hoped that the strategy will be adopted by the new EU Commission executive which takes over later in the year. CECE Secretary General, Riccardo Viaggi, explained that construction industry players are working on […]

14 March 2019

Norwegian network helps create green and fossil-free future for the construction sector

Norway’s construction industry accounts for 30 percent of the GHG emissions from the transport sector. In addition, there are indirect emissions from building materials. The Grønn Anleggssektor (Green Construction sector) network unites companies across the sector to encourage competition and innovation for more climate-friendly construction. In the wake of the Paris Agreement, the world community […]

4 March 2019

“Some industries would be bankrupt with the same material losses that you can find in the construction industry” 

The industries with the biggest climate impact are also where the biggest savings need to be made. “The construction industry is a traditional industry that tends to look inwards, but must look sideways to be able to achieve its tough climate targets,” says Mats Landén, Head of Corporate Partnerships, WWF Sweden. Through corporate partnerships the […]

21 February 2019

Sustainability expert: This is where the climate battle will be fought

Professor Xuemei Bai, the winner of the Volvo Environment Prize, explains her take on the race against climate change. “We have this really narrow window of opportunity to get things right,” she says. The global community is currently racing against time itself in the fight against climate change, and professor Xuemei Bai is one of […]

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