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Cities are major contributors to greenhouse gas emissions, and their impact on the climate crisis cannot be ignored.

Reducing carbon emissions in cities requires integrating environmentally friendly practices into climate policies and local city planning.

We work on this by advocating for lower carbon building practices and materials, promoting electric vehicles and public transportation, and impacting policy at the European and national levels. 

In short:

  • Local decarbonisation efforts can set an example for national and international climate targets. 

  • Waste incineration, construction sites, and transportation are major emitters that need to be the focus of local climate action. 

Our work in promoting zero-emission construction sites and advocating for electric vehicle adoption has contributed to Norway becoming a leader in these areas. By shifting towards more sustainable practices such as electric transport, lower-carbon buildings, improved public transportation, and reducing dependency on fossil fuels, we can reduce the climate impact of cities and transport sectors. 

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Parliament moves to bind cement emissions

Cement, a major player in the construction industry, bears the burden of contributing to a staggering 7% of global emissions. The urgency to decarbonise this carbon-intensive sector and high-demand product is becoming more critical by the day. However, progress has been painfully slow, leaving the industry lagging behind Europe's climate goals. In its July plenary, the European Parliament took a tentative step in the right direction when it passed two policies, the CPR and ESPR, harbouring the potential to set cement and the construction industry on a more sustainable track. 

The people involved

Irene Domínguez

Policy Advisor, Embodied Carbon

Marika Andersen

Senior Manager

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