27 %
of the global CO2 emissions originate from energy consumption in buildings, e.g. heating and cooling
10 %
of the global CO2 emissions originate from the production of building materials such as cement, bricks and steel

37% of global greenhouse gas emissions can be linked to the buildings we live in. This makes buildings one of the biggest climate polluters. 

The main climate impact of buildings is the CO2 emitted in the production of building materials and the energy used to run buildings. 

There are more and more people in the world, all of whom need a roof over their heads. This is why sustainable construction is so necessary, and Denmark must take the lead.  

Stricter sustainability requirements for construction must be introduced to ensure sensible choice of materials and energy-efficient buildings. Fossil energy consumption on construction sites must be reduced and more climate-friendly materials and practices must be promoted. 

At the same time, there should be an increased focus on renovating and transforming buildings rather than demolishing and building new ones. Homeowners should focus on renovating and reducing energy consumption in the home as much as possible - for the sake of their personal finances and not least the climate. 

More sustainable methods and thinking are needed in the construction industry, among developers and homeowners, as well as the right framework conditions, if we are to make the transition to more sustainable buildings and construction processes. 


Michael H. Nielsen
Michael H. Nielsen