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Sustainable Construction: The decisive contribution for a green future

Sustainable construction, increasingly central in the global agenda, emerges as a protagonist in the ambitious challenge of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. The recent conference “Green Building & Sustainable Development Goals” organized by the Green Building Council Italy at the headquarters of Assimpredil Ance in Milan, shed light on the crucial role that the construction sector can play in this collective endeavor, as outlined in the Agenda 2030.

 

A global framework

Of the 17 SDGs outlined by the United Nations, 9 are closely related to construction. During the conference, participants from various spheres presented data and insights related to these objectives, highlighting the importance of an integrated approach to achieving sustainability by the set deadline. However, despite progress in many areas, the emergence of a need for more dynamic and ambitious policy actions has emerged as a crucial theme, particularly in Italy, where bureaucracy, with its prolonged waiting times, hinders the rapid implementation of projects.

 

Goal 11: sustainable cities and communities

Goal 11, “Sustainable Cities and Communities,” represents the beating heart of the construction sector. This goal aims to transform cities, making them safer, more durable, and sustainable. Urban redevelopment, inclusive urbanization, and support for economic, social, and environmental links between different areas are priorities. A multidisciplinary approach is envisaged that, starting from common goals, can generate growth opportunities for the entire sector.

 

Environmental impact in Europe

Construction in Europe represents a significant portion of environmental challenges: 36% of CO2 emissions, 40% of energy consumption, 50% of raw material extractions, 21% of drinking water use, and directly involves 18 million workers. These data underline the urgency of adopting sustainable practices in the sector to address climate and economic challenges.

 

Green Building: a multidimensional platform

Sustainable buildings are not only a solution to saving energy and reducing CO2 emissions but also an engine for job creation, improving health, and well-being. They represent a multidimensional platform that can not only address environmental challenges but also educate and shape positive cultural change.

 

Impact report: guiding towards the future

The Green Building Council Italy recently presented the first Impact Report of certified sustainable construction in the country. This report aims to measure the positive effects of the sector, promoting a new construction culture respectful of the planet’s resources. The document outlines the path for the future development of construction, highlighting the need for energy-environmental protocols to ensure the realization of genuinely sustainable cities.

 

The crucial role of institutions and the path to sustainability

The event highlighted the crucial role of states in creating favorable conditions for the development of a sustainable and circular market. Marco Granelli, Councilor for Mobility and Public Works of the Municipality of Milan, emphasized the importance of collaboration between the public and private sectors in pursuing the common goal of a sustainable city. The construction sector can play a key role in the transition to a greener housing culture. GBC Italia hopes that the positive trend outlined in the Impact Report will translate into a concrete reality, allowing our country to fulfill its commitments related to the Paris Agreements and to outline a new housing culture in line with global goals.
In conclusion, today, with advanced tools and skills, we have the opportunity to chart a path towards a green transition in the field of construction. The hope is that this positive trend will continue, transforming the numbers presented into a concrete future and allowing our country to meet global commitments and embrace a new housing culture for generations to come.

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