Emissions from construction account for 37 percent of all carbon emissions, the Housing Committee is to be told

Emissions from the construction sector account for 37 percent of all carbon emissions, TDs and senators are told.

This means the construction sector emits the same amount of carbon as the agricultural sector, the Irish Green Building Council told the Dáil Housing Committee today.

The Council will announce that it has commissioned UCD’s Building in a Climate Emergency research laboratory to study the environmental impact of the construction industry for 2018.

The research found that of the 37 percent of emissions, the vast majority of these are “operational emissions.”

“About 23 percent of this is made up of operational emissions associated with the energy we use to heat, cool and light our buildings.

“Another 14 percent of emissions are embodied carbon emissions from the manufacture of building materials, the transportation of materials, the construction process, the maintenance, repair and disposal of buildings and infrastructure.”

The council will say that in order to reduce carbon emissions and meet the 2030 targets, demolition of old buildings must be reduced and some housing projects “cut back”.

However, as part of Housing for All, the government intends to build more than 33,000 homes a year and Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien said another 35,000 homes will be needed over the next few years to house Ukrainian refugees.

“We need to focus on energy renovation, maximize the reuse of existing buildings, reduce demolition, maximize the efficiency of the built-up area from our building programs and even cut some projects,” the council will tell the committee.

It also says that “the concept of waste” must be completely eliminated and that a “transformative change in industry practices” is required.

The council will also say that new homes must be built with zero carbon emissions and that existing buildings should be measured by how much carbon they ’embody’.

This includes the carbon emitted from the energy used to extract and transport raw materials, as well as emissions from manufacturing processes.

“Carbon limits should be in place by 2027,” TDs and senators will hear.

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