Important milestone for the entire construction industry
Together, the construction and real estate sectors account for about one fifth of Sweden’s domestic carbon dioxide emissions, and for Peab, steel accounts for about 10% of measured climate emissions. This makes the world’s first building with SSAB’s fossil-free steel a unique milestone for the industry and an important element in Sweden’s entire climate transition. The use of this unique steel for the construction project in Lund represents a climate saving of around 14.5 tonnes of carbon dioxide.
Calculations show that if all the steel in the frame structure, sandwich panels and profiled roof panels at the industrial facility in Lund were to be replaced with fossil-free steel, this would result in a reduction of around 30% in the climate impact from the materials. This shows the importance of introducing more sustainable material choices and how it can have a positive impact on the climate impact of construction projects, believes Anna Högberg, climate specialist at Peab Bygg.
“In newbuild, the manufacturing of materials and products accounts for the vast majority of climate impact. So it’s extremely important to focus on identifying new materials and products with a low climate impact,” says Anna Högberg.