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Ireland’s Construction Industry Faces Climate Change Challenge

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Ireland’s Construction Industry Faces Climate Change Challenge

Ireland’s Construction Industry Faces Climate Change Challenge
March 13
10:15 2024

The European Environment Agency (EEA) has recently released a report stressing the urgency for Ireland’s construction industry to proactively address the impending impacts of climate change. Even under optimistic global warming scenarios, Europeans are warned to brace themselves for increased risks of extreme heat, drought, and wildfires. Hans-Martin Füssel, an EEA expert on climate change adaptation, highlights the need for a forward-thinking approach in the construction industry. He emphasizes the consideration of climate conditions 50 or even 80 years into the future when engaging in long-term endeavours like planting trees, constructing infrastructure, or developing areas.

Füssel urges the industry to address interconnected risks that could cascade, indicating that some areas of the country may need to be avoided due to the rising threat of sea-level increases. Coastal communities need safeguarding against sea-level rises, infrastructure must be hardened, and strategic planning for increasing downpours is essential. Füssel also draws attention to recent extreme temperatures in Britain and southern Europe, emphasizing the importance of protecting vulnerable communities already grappling with the consequences of heatwaves and rising flood insurance premiums across Europe.

While Ireland may not be at the forefront of climate change impacts, Füssel acknowledges a 4% reduction in carbon emissions in the country last year. He underscores the critical need for continued emissions reduction, aligning with the Paris Agreement to avoid surpassing problematic thresholds. Füssel emphasizes the government’s commitment to a 51% reduction in emissions by 2030 and achieving net-zero status by 2050. As climate change intensifies, the resilience and adaptability of Ireland’s construction industry will play a pivotal role in shaping a sustainable future for the country.

Source: newsTALK

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