CO2 and the built environment - The positive role of concrete

Concrete is a versatile, durable and resilient building material that is locally available across Europe. What is more, concrete buildings can deliver the lowest overall CO2 impact.  This is because, in order to realistically quantify the CO2 tag of a construction material such as concrete, it is important to look at the whole-life impact.  This includes extraction of raw materials, production & transport, building in use, lifetime and durability, and end of life.

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Cement and Concrete Industry: Multiplier Effect on the Economy and their Contribution to a Low Carbon Economy

On 19 November, The Concrete Initiative launched the results of a study by consulting group Le Bipe, focusing on the multiplier effect of the cement and concrete industry on Europe's economy.  The study clearly concludes that this inportant industry contributes to local growth and jobs in a low carbon economy.  in fact, for every € generated in this sector, €2.8 are generated elsewhere in the economy. Here you will find a brief summary of the results of this study as well as adirect link to the study itself.

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Policy do's and don'ts for construction and demolition waste

The European Commission has embarked on several initiatives to analyse and improve construction and demolition waste (C&DW) recycling rates across Europe. According to the Commission, construction and demolition waste accounts for a third of the EU’s total waste production per year, amounting to some 450-500 million tonnes.

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Thermal mass: The smart approach to energy performance

Did you know that concrete can store energy and that, later on, this energy is then released? This effect, which is due to the high ‘thermal mass’ of concrete, makes buildings more energy efficient, lowers CO2 emissions, and improves wellbeing and comfort.

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The Concrete Initiative brochure

Concrete is the most widely-used construction material in the world. It is part of our everyday lives. However, its ubiquitous nature often means it is taken for granted. The Concrete Initiative aims to increase awareness of its essential role in creating a sustainable construction sector in Europe. In this publication, we outline how concrete can positively contribute to the three pillars of society, namely Society, Economy and the Environment.  We also highlight ways in which EU policies need to be adapted, as well as our commitments.

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