To create a common understanding of how to make a just transition to a carbon neutral society by 2035, Finland has set a Climate Policy Round Table. The purpose is not to make decisions but instead to support the preparation and implementation of climate policy at the national level.

The latest meeting of  the Climate Policy Roundtable, on Thursday 9 December, discussed low-carbon construction. Experts Concrete identified measures to promote low-carbon construction. These include life cycle analysis of emissions from buildings, land use planning and community structure, and investments in research and development.

Several presentations stressed the carbon footprint of construction materials and the need for innovation. The Roundtable also emphasised the shift in the perspective of emission reduction measures from the energy efficiency of an individual building to emissions during the building’s whole life cycle, and the need to expand the focus to areas larger than individual buildings.

A summary of the outcomes of the meeting is available here.

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