Construction, carbon and the climate crisis

Construction, carbon and the climate crisis
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David Symons
The extreme weather seen in the past few weeks is just the beginning and we can no longer ignore the climate crisis. Decarbonisation must happen faster across all sectors – not least in the operation and construction of the built environment, which is responsible for 20% of New Zealand's total greenhouse gas emissions.Worldwide, buildings and construction contribute almost 40% of global emissions.The record-setting atmospheric river that lashed Auckland, Northland and Coromandel earlier this month was yet another reminder that we...

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