The European Environment Agency (EEA) has presented a new methodological approach which can help identify and prioritise circular efforts that can contribute to reducing emissions in any sector.
For example – reducing the use of concrete, cement and steel in the building sector can cut materials-related greenhouse gas emissions by 61% over a building’s life cycle stages until 2050.
Steel, cement and concrete are some of the most emission-intensive materials used in constructing buildings. The emissions associated with the manufacture and use of these materials can be reduced if their use is reduced through smarter design and production as well as reusing and recycling these materials at the end of building’s life cycle.
The EEA study found that each of a building’s life cycle stages — from design, production and use to demolition and waste management — offers rich opportunity for greater circularity and emission reductions.