LAUNCH OF IRISH GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL’S ROADMAP TO DECARBONISE IRELAND’S BUILT ENVIRONMENT
The Irish Green Building Council will launch its roadmap to decarbonise Ireland’s built environment across its whole life cycle on Friday 7th October, in 1 WML, Dublin 2.
For the first time ever, the roadmap looks at the impact of the construction and built environment in Ireland across its whole life cycle. It shows that the construction and built environment sectors account for 37% of Ireland’s carbon emissions, equalling agriculture. Just under two-thirds (23%) of these emissions come from operating buildings but more than a third (14%) comes from the manufacture and installation of building materials themselves – usually referred to as ‘Embodied Carbon’. Policies and regulation to date have mainly focused on reducing operational emissions, however, the report shows that without urgently addressing these embodied carbon emissions, the construction and built environment sector will exceed its carbon budget.
The roadmap details a series of near-term actions to put us on a clear path towards halving the sector’s emissions by 2030, as well as a range of further, longer-term actions to fully decarbonise our built environment by 2050. The roadmap was developed in close cooperation with over 200 key stakeholders from across the whole supply chain.
Highlights of the day will include:
Opening remarks by Ossian Smyth TD, Minister of State with responsibility for Public Procurement, eGovernment and Circular Economy
Launch of the roadmap by Pat Barry, CEO of the Irish Green Building Council.
Panel discussions with industry leaders on the decarbonisation of Ireland’s built environment
** A copy of the full agenda is available here **
Denise Maguire Editor of Irish Construction Industry Magazine & Plan Magazine
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