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Being one of the most polluting sectors, construction is responsible for more than a third of global greenhouse gas emissions.

By Asier Amorena

Santiago de Chile.- The construction sector is responsible for more than a third of global greenhouse gas emissions. The challenge for this industry is enormous in the coming years, and in particular in Chile, a pioneer country among emerging economies in actions to mitigate climate change.

Even more so with the ambitious goal of achieving carbon neutrality before the year 2050. To this end, innovations in all our processes are and will be fundamental.

At Weber-Saint Gobain, we are contributing with solutions that address problems such as waste reduction, the use of friendly materials in the production chain, and the elimination of elements such as plastic.

These new developments not only progressively address gaps to advance in reducing the carbon footprint of construction, but also add value to the processes, maintaining quality standards and even improving some of them. We believe this is the direction the industry needs to move in order to accelerate this transition.

Each one of the actors in the construction sector must promote initiatives that allow the consolidation of a virtuous circle to achieve friendly operations and concern for the care of the environment.

There is no doubt that we must continue to improve and be able to provide the ecosystem with innovative developments that respond to the growing sustainable needs of the industry, while adding value to the business and strengthening its future viability.

And it is that today, given the urgency of climate change and its already devastating effects on the planet, we need to put all our capabilities at the service of the greatest challenge facing our civilization. Every minimal action will have, positively or negatively, an impact on the lives of future generations.

For this reason, from our scope of action, we want to contribute decisively to the protection of natural resources and the fight against the climate emergency, making available knowledge with more than three centuries of experience in the design, manufacture and distribution of materials. for high performance structures.

We are obviously not the only ones on this path, but we want to spread our energy so that more actors are protagonists of this transformation. The navigation route aims to consolidate a culture of sustainability. We speak not only of speeches, but of actions. Actions that make a difference.

We are committed to the challenge of contributing to decarbonizing the entire construction ecosystem and its industry, with high-performance products and minimal impact on the planet. By 2050, for example, 70% of the Earth’s population will live in large cities. Challenges like this require that all links in the value chain of this industry take a step forward.

Asier Amorena is general manager of Weber-Saint Gobain Chile

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