While there is increasing awareness of the need to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions from buildings during their operation, efforts to realize reduced material use, water consumption and waste generation in the overall delivery of buildings and throughout the construction system have been less advanced.
To fill this gap, UNEP's Sustainable Buildings and Climate Initiative (UNEP-SBCI) has, together with Skanska and other partners, assessed ways and means for Greening the Building Supply Chain, which constitutes the purpose of this new publication. The report evolved from the efforts of a Task Force on Greening the Building Sector Supply Chain, launched by UNEP-SBCI in fall 2012 to better understand resource use in the building and construction supply chain, and to identify opportunities to promote greater resource efficiency in the sector.
The Task Force, co-chaired by Skanska, conducted mapping of various stages and stakeholders in the building delivery process to identify key relationships and responsibilities, and barriers and opportunities to resource efficiency.
This report identifies priorities for potential green and greener interventions in the sector, and provides recommendations for future activities and collaborations for UNEP-SBCI to promote greater resource efficiency, including through efforts under a future Sustainable Buildings and Construction programme within the 10 Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production, adopted at the last United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development Rio+20.