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Professor Johan Rockström speaks at Construction Climate Challenge summit

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Speaking to an audience of 150 attendees in Gothenburg, Sweden, on 24 June 2015, Professor Johan Rockström, Executive Director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre was one of the key speakers at the first Construction Climate Challenge (CCC) summit.

The event was organised and held by Volvo Construction Equipment and attendees debated issues such as how circular business models and co-operation across the value chain, alongside innovations and research, can reduce the climate impact of construction.

During his piece, Professor Johan Rockström urged society to target a maximum increase in global average temperature of 2oC this century and reduce carbon emissions to zero. His overriding message was that the earth’s biophysical capacity is no long sufficient to support mankind’s actions.

He stated: “Mankind has become a planetary force for change. To offset this we need a big effort from industry, government and communities in order to keep the planet within the sustainable 2oC limit.”

The CCC summit also saw speakers from the WWF, European Commission, academia, public utilities and leading contractors, as well as participation from leading non-governmental organisations, such as the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and the World Green Building Council.

Comment from Volvo Construction Equipment:

“Collaboration and common language will be the key factors to achieving our environmental target,” said Martin Weissburg, President of Volvo Construction Equipment and host of the summit. “Industry, business, policy makers, legislators and market forces – all of us have a role in this. We have a shared vision – to improve our planet for the next generations. The CCC is designed to break down the barriers to co-operation and communication between our different interest groups.”

Adapted from press release by Joseph Green

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