Governments across the world are being urged to slash carbon emissions from public construction projects by ensuring they use emerging low and zero emission materials as standard from 2030 at the latest.

The UN Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) this week unveiled a new Green Public Procurement Pledge at the Clean Energy Ministerial meeting in Pittsburgh, detailing plans for governments and public sector bodies to catalyse demand for low-carbon steel, cement, and concrete for key construction projects.

According to UNIDO, these materials currently contribute the largest share of industrial carbon emissions, with steel and cement accounting for 50 per cent of all industrial emissions.

At the same time governments are among the biggest purchasers of such commodities, using the materials for public construction projects such as buildings, roads, railways, and other transportation infrastructure, as well as energy projects such as hydroelectric dams and wind turbines.

As such, the UN said that

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