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Oslo and Stockholm Commit to Clean Construction in Cities

Infra News - Published on Fri, 11 Oct 2019

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Research released reveals changes to the construction industry could cut the emissions generated from buildings and infrastructure 44% by 2050. The report, published by C40 Cities, Arup and University of Leeds, Building and Infrastructure Consumption Emissions urges action in 6 key areas to reduce the climate impact of construction in cities:
Implementing efficiency in material design
Enhancing existing building utilisation
Switching high-emission materials to sustainable timber where appropriate
Using lower-carbon cement
Reusing building materials and components
Using low, or zero-emission construction machinery

As well as reducing GHG emissions, the research reveals the additional economic, social and health benefits that ‘clean’ construction could generate. The interventions identified in the research would reduce air and noise pollution, providing health benefits for citizens and the environment. They would also spark change within the growing construction economy, providing opportunities for new jobs and skills.

Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm will now reduce the greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution from construction sites, in the effort to solve the climate crisis and improve public health. Frank Jensen, Lord Mayor of Copenhagen and Raymond Johansen, Governing Mayor of Oslo, today announced their ambition to reduce the use of fossil fuels in construction sites and civil works.

The mayors pledged to enact regulations and/or planning policy to ensure they:
Purchase biofuels and emission free machinery for the city’s own use
Demand fossil-and emission-free solutions in public procurement and city supported projects

In Oslo, all city-owned machinery and municipally or owned construction sites will operate with zero emissions by 2025.

Copenhagen’s CPH2025 Climate Plan, roadmap 2017-2020, includes a goal for the City to use fossil-free fuels in its own non-road mobile machinery. In the budget for 2020 Copenhagen have decided to promote a transformation from fossil fuels to sustainable biofuels, and to fossil-free non-road mobile machinery in its own machines and strengthen efforts that municipally commissioned construction sites and civil work will be fossil-free.

Mr Frank Jensen Lord Mayor of Copenhagen and C40 Vice Chair said that “Copenhagen will work to purchase fossil-free fuel for its own machinery and heavy vehicles, pilot projects with tender requirements for fossils-or emission-free construction machinery in construction projects. We will also collaborate with market players to make them use fossil-free fuels.”

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Posted By : Sanju Moirangthem on Fri, 11 Oct 2019
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