This month took place the two-week United Nations Climate Change Conference COP27 in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. This global conference aimed to make shared decisions to tackle the climate crisis. Despite the geopolitical backdrop, the resulting package of decisions proves that many countries are committed to limiting global temperature rise to 1.5°C above. According to the last Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report released in April, greenhouse gas emissions must decline 45% by 2030 to achieve this goal.

The built environment is one of the most polluting sectors in industrial countries. It is responsible for almost 40% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Based on the Global Alliance for Building and Construction report, the challenge is more significant as the sector increased by 5% last year compared to 2020.

Alicja Kuczera, CEO at Polish Green Building Council, expressed: “At COP27, more than 45,000 people had the opportunity to share ideas and solutions and build partnerships. The participation of the construction sector was high, with more than 200 events and initiatives reinforcing our commitment to preparing scalable solutions and innovations that will help decarbonise the industry.” However, the construction sector needs to be on track to achieve decarbonisation by 2050; new solutions and collective work are required.

Projects such as Reincarnate are researching and driving innovations to make the sector more climate resilient. At Reincarnate, we are making joint efforts todevelop technical and social means that maximise buildings, building products   and   materials   lifecycle.   In   addition,   we are proposing     a “Reincarnation practice”, advancing the circular economy in the European Union.

As a result, we are facilitating the collection and tracking of information through digital technologies, reducing construction and demolition waste and CO2 emissions. Moreover, we will conduct 11 real-world pilot projects to demonstrate and widely disseminate these innovations in education buildings, hotels, airports, and other facilities.

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