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Buildings as a global carbon sink


Churkina,  Galina
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research;

Organschi,  A.
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Reyer,  Christopher P. O.
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research;

Ruff,  A.
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Vinke,  Kira
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research;

Liu,  Z.
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Reck,  B. K.
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Graedel,  T. E.
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Schellnhuber,  Hans Joachim
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research;

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Churkina, G., Organschi, A., Reyer, C. P. O., Ruff, A., Vinke, K., Liu, Z., Reck, B. K., Graedel, T. E., Schellnhuber, H. J. (2020): Buildings as a global carbon sink. - Nature Sustainability, 3, 4, 269-276.

Cite as: https://publications.pik-potsdam.de/pubman/item/item_23925
The anticipated growth and urbanization of the global population over the next several decades will create a vast demand for the construction of new housing, commercial buildings and accompanying infrastructure. The production of cement, steel and other building materials associated with this wave of construction will become a major source of greenhouse gas emissions. Might it be possible to transform this potential threat to the global climate system into a powerful means to mitigate climate change? To answer this provocative question, we explore the potential of mid-rise urban buildings designed with engineered timber to provide long-term storage of carbon and to avoid the carbon-intensive production of mineral-based construction materials.