Through current technology, the sector can potentially cut its carbon emissions in half by 2030, but technological shifts and innovation are necessary to reach net zero emissions. To achieve this, new incentives and tools and new ways of doing business are needed, as well as collaboration across the entire value chain.
We see five key factors for achieving a carbon-neutral value chain in the construction and civil engineering sector:
- Collaboration, leadership and knowledge.
- Long-term regulations that allow for investment in and conversion to carbon-neutral materials and processes.
- Development from linear to circular processes.
- Access to and efficient use of bio-based raw materials.
- Public procurement as an engine for transition.
To accomplish the goals of the roadmap, a life-cycle perspective is required in terms of planning, design, construction and utilisation of the built environment. Success will require clear leadership, new ways of thinking and everyone involved taking responsibility for their part in the value chain.
We need to change current legislation, regulations, planning procedures, design methods and material choices. We need to collaborate in new ways to succeed with innovations, solutions, methods and materials, as well as new business models.
To manage carbon emissions while maintaining or even strengthening competitiveness, it must be profitable for key players to reduce their carbon emissions.