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Thomas West Jensen

New initiative set out to halve CO2-emissions from concrete

1. May 2019

With the ambition to halve the greenhouse gas emissions of the Danish construction industry by 2030, 25 Danish companies have joined forces in a new initiative, Sustainable Concrete.

Concrete is the number one global building material accounting for five percent of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions. A new initiative is set out to reduce the Danish contribution to the discharge.

Led by the organisation Danish Concrete, Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects and 24 other leading construction companies, have joined the Sustainable Concrete Initiative with an ambitious goal of reducing the Danish industry’s carbon dioxide emissions by 40-50 percent by 2030.

Optimization of known technologies

Globally, research into new technologies on sustainable concrete production is already underway. However, many initiatives are still under development, the costs remain uncertain as well as the actual effect.

Hence, Sustainable Concrete Initiative will focus on the optimisation of current and well-tested technologies already on or ready for market reducing risks on quality, comfort and finance.

Sustainable Concrete Initiative will share knowledge and best practice across all competencies – architects, constructors, engineers, contractors and cement manufacturers. Thus, initiating a leap that remain politically unsupported.

Partner Thomas West Jensen will be the representative of Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects. He says about the initiative:

”During the years, Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects has designed a number of successful buildings using concrete. The material offers many possibilities, but it also puts a heavy imprint on the climate and environment. Therefore, we offer our knowledge and professional competency in an attempt to make concrete more sustainable. ”