‘Greener’ steel and concrete to build green cities


New Exhibition Area Dedicated To Green Transition In Construction Industry

"The commitment from steel producers and national authorities to seize decarbonization opportunities is a potential game-changer for the building sector. " 

Learn everything you need to know about the new display area added to WieTec 2022.

The release of new policies and initiatives incentivizes the green transition in the construction industry in China.

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Faced with the growing pressure to shrink the carbon footprint and achieve carbon neutrality by 2060, Chinese city planners are trying to think out ways to drive down the emissions of built infrastructure.


One of the biggest culprits for the carbon footprint is concrete and steel. The five billion tonnes of cement produced each year account for eight percent of the world’s man-made carbon dioxide emissions. Then there is steel whose production accounts for around seven percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. 


At the recent COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, the governments of the United Kingdom, India, Germany, Canada, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), under a new coalition named the Industrial Deep Decarbonisation Initiative (IDDI), pledged to support the use of low-carbon materials in building construction. “If you make it, we will buy it,” said the five nations in a statement. Industry stakeholders said that the pledge is a clear market signal from some of the world’s largest steel and concrete buyers believing that it will create green demand across the supply chains of the building sector.


China, the world’s largest steel and concrete producer, is missing from the IDDI list. However, its top steelmaker, the China Baowu Steel Group Corp., formed its global alliance with other steel producers last Thursday, in a bid to gather resources and exchange information in the development of low-carbon metallurgical technology. Known as the Global Low-Carbon Metallurgical Innovation Alliance, it has more than 60 members from 15 countries. These include leading global steelmakers and mining enterprises such as Luxembourg-based ArcelorMittal, German conglomerate Thyssenkrupp, and Melbourne’s BHP Group. About 20 Chinese steel companies are also part of the alliance. 


Baowu has committed to carbon neutrality by 2050, a decade earlier than the Chinese government’s national target. 


There is also a need to overcome the biased perception that concrete is cheap, which leads to the inertia to replace concrete use in buildings. This does not take into account the spillover costs when the production of concrete creates externalities - negative impacts on the environment, warned Professor Lam Khee Poh, dean of the National University of Singapore’s School of Design and Environment.


The release of new policies and initiatives incentivizes the green transition in the construction industry. If the topic of green transition in the construction industry interest you, and you are in China, join The Yangtze River Delta Industrialization of Construction Exhibition, WieTec new display area that will focus on smart construction, high-quality engineering solutions, and ultra-low energy consumption.


Why exhibit


The new display area is dedicated to the coordinated development of smart construction and new building industrialization, with a special focus on “low carbon & energy-saving” and “high-quality engineering” practices, digital technologies such as industrialization, smart construction, and IoT solutions. From the technical aspect, the new display area is dedicated to smart construction and building industrialization, with “green construction” as the development goal. Furthermore, the aim is to transform China into the world’s construction powerhouse and pave the way for the new construction era in the Yangtze River Delta.  


The exhibition presents innovative architectural products, technologies, solutions, and business cooperation models in the context of government initiatives, real estate development, architectural design, and construction trends while taking into consideration the construction industry’s challenges in the Yangtze River Delta.


Yangtze River Delta Engineering Quality Alliance Conference


The conference gathers government departments in the Yangtze River Delta region, construction experts, academicians of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, senior professors, and other construction experts and scholars. High-caliber interdisciplinary projects from the Yangtze River Delta Region will be presented and the "Yangtze River Delta Quality Project Award" will be granted to outstanding, creative, and sustainable construction projects in the region.


Why visit


The Yangtze River Delta Industrialization of Construction Exhibition is dedicated to low-carbon solutions and innovations in the construction industry. By showcasing new materials, processes, and equipment, the exhibition aims to contribute to the quality, efficiency, and safety of construction projects and will play an important role in bringing together all the key stakeholders across the entire industry to drive growth and innovation. The exhibition explores international cooperation in fields of digital design, smart manufacturing, green building materials, and smart construction sites while benchmarking against the best international practices.


The exhibition is divided into eight display areas: industrialization of construction, high-quality engineering solutions, transportation engineering, facilities and equipment, new building industrialization, ultra-low energy building technology, smart construction, construction engineering inspection, and construction engineering insurance. Moreover, the exhibition is complemented by multiple forums and events delivered by prominent industry experts. The audience will have the opportunity to learn about the innovations and industry opportunities, so stay tuned for more details coming soon!


References: https://www.eco-business.com/news/if-you-make-it-we-will-buy-it-governments-are-asking-for-greener-steel-and-concrete-to-build-green-cities/