The recently released IPCC report details a long series of stark, science-based observations regarding the state of climate change and the likely impacts in years ahead. That the climate will get “warmer, wetter, and wilder” is unavoidable at this point.
To reduce these negative consequences as much as possible, the only conclusion is that everyone across all economic sectors needs to do more to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as much and as quickly as possible.
That absolutely applies in the construction sector where most of ROCKWOOL’s business is concentrated. Buildings and construction are responsible for around 30 percent of global energy demand and carbon emissions, and around 33 percent of resource consumption and waste generation.
The encouraging news is that building new and renovating existing buildings for energy efficiency, circularity, and long-life does not require making new discoveries or entirely changing the way the sector operates. But it does require commitment and action from policymakers, building owners, and the construction sector to utilise existing technologies, products, and building methods to achieve these outcomes.
In nearly all IPCC scenarios for keeping temperature increases to Paris Agreement levels, energy efficiency accounts on average for more than 40 percent of the needed carbon emissions reductions. Simply put, energy efficiency is essential to achieving the Paris climate goals.