The construction and civil engineering sector accounts for approximately 20 percent of Sweden’s climate emissions. Climate impact mainly comes from manufacturing materials and products and from emissions related to energy use in the operating phase. The roadmap spans the entire value chain from manufacturing material and products to operation and management of properties.
Targets in roadmap
2022: Actors in the construction and civil engineering sector have mapped their emissions and set climate targets.
2025: Greenhouse gas emissions clearly demonstrate a declining trend.
2030: 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions (compared with 2015).
2040: 75% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions (compared with 2015).
2045: Net zero greenhouse gas emissions.
To implement the roadmap, the industry is working on:
- changed composition of raw materials.
- electrification and efficiency improvements in production and transport processes.
- greater use of renewable fuels in production and transport processes.
- more efficient transport.
- planning for circular flows and efficient use of resources.
- optimisation of energy and climate performance from a lifecycle perspective, in the construction and operation phase.
Eight industry organisations in the urban development sector are jointly taking responsibility for the process of implementing the roadmap with the around 170 companies, organisations and municipalities involved. The Swedish Construction Federation is the process owner.
Progress since the roadmap was launched
LFM 30 – local roadmaps drive development
The local roadmap for Malmö, LFM 30, is an example of how local companies together with the municipality, organisations and research institutes have come together to drive development towards climate-neutral construction. Similar initiatives are also being carried out in Östergötland and Uppsala.
Climate requirements in procurement enabled at a reasonable cost
The project “Climate requirements at reasonable cost” has produced guidance aimed at making it easier for housing companies to set climate requirements for construction projects, enabling procurement with clear specifications of requirements and reliable climate calculations.
Climate-improved asphalt and concrete
Climate-improved asphalt made with input of re-used asphalt and using renewable fuel in asphalt production is becoming increasingly common. “Green asphalt BioZero” is a totally unique product in the world that also has a new bio-based binding agent that produces net zero emissions. Climate-improved concrete is currently available for housing, roads and civil engineering and provides a 10–50 percent lower climate impact.
House of choice – zero energy hotel
In June 2021, House of Choice was opened in Solna, the first hotel in Scandinavia built as a zero-energy project that produces as much energy as it consumes. New technology reduces consumption by 80 percent, while the hotel will have the highest proportion of solar panels in the world.
Fossil free construction sites
Several construction companies are working on fossil free construction sites. One example is Skanska, which has approximately ten construction sites in Sweden of different types and sizes that use at least 90 percent electricity and fossil free fuels for work vehicles, machinery, major transport of materials and heating/drying.