Zero-emission construction sites

Building and infrastructure construction works conventionally use diesel-fuelled heavy machinery (NRMM). To achieve climate neutrality by reducing carbon emissions - as well as to reap benefits of reduced local air pollution (NOx, SOx, PM), less noise and nuisance - public buyers are demanding emission-free construction machinery on municipal building and infrastructure sites. Though small electric machines are more and more common, large emission-free NRMM like excavators are still scarce. The working group will exchange on pilots and jointly aggregate demand to accelerate the transition to zero-emission construction sites.

Focus of the Working Group

  • Low-/ Zero-emission construction sites
     

  • Use of emission-free construction machinery for public works

Latest activities

Collaborative Market Dialogue Preparations

 18 June 2021

Presentation by Helsinki

Case Study, City of Helsinki

After updates from two working group participants (City of Helsinki & City of Copenhagen) on their current progress and challenges, the group collaborativly prepared for the upcoming joint market dialogues which will start in September.

*UPCOMING* C40 Webinar - Zero Emission Construction Machinery

  7 October 2021 - 5-6 pm CET

This webinar is presenting initiatives from around the world reducing emissions from construction machinery featuring speakers from London, Copenhagen, San Francisco, Turner Construction Company and ICLEI/Big Buyers for Climate and Environment.

Webinar registration link:
https://c40.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_9dl0JZlaSti2VWjL8XPYcw

Agenda

  • Introduction - C40
  • Kaitlyn Dietz, Officer, Circular Economy & Sustainable Construction, ICLEI/ Big Buyers for Climate & Environment (DG Grow Initiative)
  • Claus Wilhelmsen, Environmental Planner, City of Copenhagen
  • Sarah Morris, Senior Policy and Programme Officer, Greater London Authority
  • Josh Pollak, Senior Environmental Planner, San Francisco Planning
  • Emi LaFountain, Sustainability Project Manager, Turner Construction Company
  • Q&A

Past activities in this working group.

Credits: ClimaOslo

New pedestrian street brings new life to Oslo city centre

We are particularly proud of two achievements with Olav Vs gate. One is that we have developed a new pedestrian street in the centre of Oslo. The other is that we have achieved this almost without emissions,” explains Karin Dalberg, Project Manager at the Agency for Urban Environment.

The City of Oslo has a clearly defined climate strategy which states that by 2030, greenhouse gas emissions shall be down by 95 percent compared to 2009 levels. To achieve this goal, there are specific targets for emission reduction. By 2025, all construction sites on behalf of the municipality shall be emission-free. The upgrade in Olav Vs gate has been a pilot project for zero emission site operation, and is an important step towards the transition which must come to the contruction industry.

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Objectives of the working group

  • Exchange experiences  and best practice (policy/ strategy and practical implementation)
     

  • Share market intelligence and engage in joint market dialogues
     

  • Jointly develop and implement procurement approaches (procedure, minimum requirements, award criteria) for low- and zero-emission public construction sites
     

  • Exchange ideas on contract performance and emissions monitoring during construction (what data to collect, how, when - establishing baseline and calculating emissions reduction)
     

  • Explore and strengthen solutions for reliable on-site energy supply
     

  • Develop and communicate  ZEMCONS value-added for others (market and agency level - e.g. what industrial transition/ transformation is taking place, why suppliers should join the transition)
     

  • Scale-up zero-emission construction sites from pilots to standard practice, by mainstreaming of emission-free with wider institutional and industry green transition

Added Value

  • Aligned demands for a transition to zero-emission construction across public buyers, to accelerate industry innovation
     

  • Proven feasibility and documented socio-environmental and economic impact of zero-emission construction machinery and sites
     

  • Increased visibility of the importance of construction site emissions, and of the potential actions available to buyers to address them

 

Oslo

Helsinki

Copenhagen

Vantaa

Amsterdam

Rotterdam

Vienna

Lyse

Danish Building & Properties Agency

NTNU

 

Who is involved?

Motiva

Rijkswaterstaat

Bellona Foundation

Contact us

ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability

Kaitlyn Dietz, kaitlyn.dietz@iclei.com

Eurocities

Anja de Cunto, Anja.DeCunto@eurocities.eu

Manon Ghislain, manon.ghislain@eurocities.eu

 

 

Toulouse

Stockholm

Barcelona

Neukolln (Berlin)

Brussels Mobility

Eindhoven

Madrid

Andalusian Housing Agency

C40 Clean Construction Programme