Why Decarbonise Construction?

The construction sector is essential for modern society, delivering the buildings we live and work in, the roads and bridges that connect us, and the industrial facilities that produce and distribute our energy and goods. In 2020, construction activities accounted for around 13% of global gross domestic product (GDP)1.

Construction is also a contributor to the global CO2 emissions. Decarbonisation solutions and initiatives are emerging across the construction value-chain, but more needs to be done and quicker to achieve net zero.

1 Oxford Economics (2021) “Future of construction”, accessed on 27 June, 2022.

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Decarbonising Construction is challenging but possible

Shell and Deloitte have been working to interview nearly 100 industry executives on the challenges the construction sector faces in reducing its emissions but also the opportunities it can leverage to accelerate transition to net zero.

We look forward to sharing these findings with you very soon in an upcoming industry report.

Latest News and Highlights

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