Construction Industry Accounts for Less than One
Percent of Annual Greenhouse Gas Emissions, According to New Analysis
April 22, 2009
The construction industry accounts for less than 1 percent of all
U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new analysis of federal
environmental data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA). The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) found
that all equipment used by the construction industry contributed
less than 0.95 percent of all U.S. manmade greenhouse gas emissions
"This data shows that we aren't just constructing cleaner
projects, we're building a cleaner construction industry,"
said Stephen E. Sandherr, chief executive officer of the Associated
General Contractors of America. "As good as our accomplishments
are, we can do even better."
Sandherr said contractors around the country are taking steps to
further reduce their emissions and urged other companies to follow
suit. According to a statement from the AGC, construction contractors
are, for example, turning equipment off instead of letting it idle;
maintaining their equipment; using equipment that is properly sized
for the specific job; using lower-emitting fuels; and finding local
sources for building materials to cut shipping-related emissions.
In addition to curbing emissions, Sandherr noted that the construction
industry recycles more than any other industry. For example, the
industry recycles 97.5 percent of structural steel, 65 percent of
reinforcement steel and 80 percent of asphalt. Together that amounts
to almost 180 million tons of material recycled and 75.7 million
tons of CO2 emissions avoided each year, Sandherr said.
HERE to read the EPA's report titled "Potential for Reducing
Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the Construction Sector,"
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