Aligning carbon targets for construction with (inter)national climate change mitigation commitments

Jannik Giesekam, Danielle Densley Tingley, Isabel Cotton

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In the face of a changing climate, a growing number of construction firms are adopting carbon reduction targets on individual projects and across their portfolios. In the wake of the Paris Agreement, some firms are seeking a means of aligning their targets with sectoral, national and international mitigation commitments. There are numerous ways by which such an alignment can be achieved, each requiring different assumptions. Using data from the UK construction industry, this paper reviews current company commitments and progress in carbon mitigation; analyses the unique challenges in aligning construction targets, and presents a series of possible sectoral decarbonisation trajectories. The results highlight the disparity between current company targets and the range of possible trajectories. It is clear that a cross-industry dialogue is urgently required to establish an appropriate response that delivers both a widely-accepted target trajectory and a plan for its delivery. This paper is intended to stimulate and support this necessary debate by illustrating the impact of different methodological assumptions and highlighting the critical features of an appropriate response.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)106-117
Number of pages12
JournalEnergy and Buildings
Early online date31 Jan 2018
Publication statusPublished - 15 Apr 2018


  • buildings
  • climate change mitigation
  • construction
  • embodied carbon
  • Paris Agreement
  • science based targets
  • whole life carbon


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