– How might we decarbonize the construction industry by simplifying CO2 impact assessments in infrastructure project planning and follow-up?
There is often a misconception that reducing carbon in construction or infrastructure projects means increased cost. But actually, there are several real-world examples of carbon reduction that has led to reduced cost, for example through improved efficiency and alternative design. Furthermore, new business models, future regulations and new requirements might create a market drive for new solutions with reduced risk.
Reaching climate neutrality in the long term is a big challenge for the entire industry. Christina Lindbäck has three key tips for the industry to get closer to the end goal: New contract forms, more partnerships, and setting goals at company level.
Infrastructure design has a key role to play in the decarbonization of the built environment. “Infrastructure designers have to move away from the traditional thinking of designing infrastructure,” says Dr. Heleni Pantelidou, Associate Director Infrastructure, Arup.
The CCC Seminar on Reducing Carbon in Infrastructure Construction was chaired by Dr Paul Toyne, a sustainable construction expert and London Sustainable Development Commissioner.In his concluding remarks Dr Toyne stressed that “We have to future-proof our infrastructure and our society. We have to manage it make it more resilient to future climate change.”
Reducing carbon emissions in infrastructure construction doesn’t necessarily mean higher costs. At the Construction Climate Challenge seminar 10 November, speakers from some of the largest infrastructure projects in Europe discussed how reducing their carbon footprint was delivering substantial cost savings.
Åsa Ericson, a lead researcher in one of four studies carried out in cooperation with the Construction Climate Challenge (CCC), an initiative with the aim to put climate on top of the agenda in the construction industry, talks about enablers for sustainability in the construction industry.