In the midst celebration of the 25th Climate Summit (COP25), which until next December 13 will bring together 25,000 people from 200 countries and, although there is still much to be done in our sector, the Association of Construction Promoters of Spain (APCE) has signed a climate emergency declaration, with which hopes to promote a change in the sector model.
The initiative has been specially promoted by the Superior Council of the Architects’ Associations of Spain (CSCAE) through its 2030 Observatory. In the end, buildings and construction are responsible for approximately 40% of carbon dioxide emissions to the atmosphere.
Among the points highlighted in this declaration, special emphasis is placed on the importance of “designing and constructing buildings, cities and infrastructure, which begin to be understood as indivisible components of a larger, more resilient and self-sustaining system, throughout its entire cycle of lifetime”.
Continuing in the same vein, the president of the CSCAE, Lluís Comerón, underlines that “a ‘new green pact for cities’ (Green New Deal for Cities, as is known internationally) is necessary to address, with a comprehensive vision, the transformation and adaptation of our built park and urban spaces ”.
From Blues Simon Group we can only congratulate ourselves since, finally, it seems that the Construction sector is opening to have a common strategy, paddling all at once, given the impact it has both economically and socially and, Of course, environmental.
For a long time and despite some verifiable experiences, at Blues Simon Group we have felt as if we were preaching in the desert with our firm commitment to sustainability. While we were convinced that our responsible approach to the environment helped to reconnect the relationship of people with the environment, with the planet, other companies sacrificed those premises in favor of greater profit margins.
Now, with this declaration in the framework of COP25, the real estate sector can reconcile with society, although to get here, it has been necessary to reach a point where organizations that do not have this sensitivity are no longer so well positioned in front of society, customers, regulators or even its shareholders. No one seems to doubt since it is time to contribute to the change.
One of the points that will be most addressed in this Climate Summit is the development of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The strategy of Blues Simon Group had long ago embraced these approaches because, in addition, we believe that our sector is called to play a key role in the application of these SDGs.
We cannot forget that, in addition to contributing decisively to the design of cities, the construction sector is also a protagonist in the energy transition. To this is added, the conviction we have always had advantages of joining the circular economy.
This is one in which the use of resources and the reduction of raw materials is a priority, something crucial in each and every phase of the construction. A model that we have to extend to the scope of the reforms, even more considering that from the CSCAE it is estimated that “in Spain 750,000 houses should be rehabilitated per year to reach the figures proposed in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and in the Spanish Urban Agenda for the year 2030”. In essence, it is about ensuring present needs without compromising our futurefor it.