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“Construction Fever” Responsible For One Fifth Of China’s CO2 Emissions
09 Jun, 2020

The world’s largest emitter has seen building rates soar as existing structures are torn down and replaced with skyscrapers to house the nation’s rapidly urbanising population.

All of this comes with a significant carbon footprint, both to produce the cement, steel and other materials required and from the emissions produced once the project is underway.

The researchers behind the new study, published in the Journal of Cleaner Production, say this has not received enough attention in China, despite being an “unignorable and critical” component of the nation’s emissions.

Source: https://www.carbonbrief.org/construction-fever-responsible-for-one-fifth-of-chinas-co2-emissions