8th October 2019

Knowledge Type

Data & Statistics Research paper


, Arup , C40 Cities , University of Leeds

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Building and Infrastructure Consumption Emissions report


Emissions from building and infrastructure construction are expected to form the single largest category of consumption-based emissions for C40 cities between 2017 and 2050, producing 21% of consumption emissions.

As this period is critical for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in line with keeping global temperature rise to within 1.5ÂșC above pre-industrial averages, serious action is needed in this area.

This report, published by C40 Cities, Arup and University of Leeds, Building and Infrastructure Consumption Emissions urges action in 6 key areas to reduce the climate impact of construction in cities:

– Implementing efficiency in material design

– Enhancing existing building utilisation

– Switching high-emission materials to sustainable timber where appropriate

– Using lower-carbon cement

– Reusing building materials and components

– Using low, or zero-emission construction machinery.