8 December 2023
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COP28: Where are we and where do we go next with sustainable construction?

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This article discusses the role of the construction industry in achieving global sustainability goals, as discussed at the ongoing COP28 conference in the United Arab Emirates. It highlights the industry's significant contribution to carbon emissions and the need for widespread adoption of sustainable practices whilst continuing to balance profitability and delivering on ambitious growth infrastructure projects. The article goes on to discuss practical suggestions for key stakeholders to drive this change, including prioritising sustainability alongside traditional budget and time constraints, incentivising adherence to net-zero obligations, establishing clear sustainability metrics, and actively engaging in dialogue around sustainability from project inception.

The latest United Nations Climate Change Conference has now commenced at COP28 in Dubai. As countries from around the world meet to discuss how to achieve the aspirational target of limiting the increase in global temperatures to 1.5 degrees by 2050 (as agreed in the 2015 Paris Agreement), one of the key focus areas will naturally be around how to reduce global carbon emissions. 

One of the key contributors to carbon emissions is the global construction industry and while the industry is slowly starting to embrace contractual requirements regarding sustainability, widespread adoption is yet to be seen. In this briefing, we consider some of the trends we are seeing in relation to ESG clauses in construction contracts, the related challenges, and some practical considerations to meet these challenges.

The Climate Construction Conundrum
How are construction contracts dealing with sustainability?
The challenges
Practical considerations

The construction industry clearly presents a challenge from an ESG perspective, but also a huge opportunity.  The difference that can be achieved by simple and achievable improvements is significant.  The environmental impact of a construction project can be improved not only during the build phase but also by embracing the opportunity to produce a more environmentally sustainable built asset to reduce emissions during its operational phase.  We are happy to support a number of clients who are looking to ensure they are leading the charge when it comes to this important issue.

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