26 September 2023

New paper to build on built environment

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The public service agency Green Industries SA has set up a partnership and developed a new discussion paper exploring the opportunities of supporting resilient, liveable and carbon-neutral projects focussing on the economy opportunities possible from the State’s built environment.

Entitled the Circular economy in South Australia’s built environment the discussion paper explores how South Australia is taking action to support a resilient, liveable and carbon-neutral built environment which a view to boosting jobs and growth as part of what could be a $100 billion global opportunity.

“The discussion paper will inform workshops, stakeholder engagement and the development of a final report that identifies opportunities and presents recommendations to move towards a circular built environment in SA to be released in early 2023,” Green Industries SA said.

“The building and construction industry is currently both the largest consumer of materials and also the global economy’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gas emissions,” it said.

“With innovation and investment, this sector has great potential for improvement.”

The Agency said that by providing a focus on improved design, construction, and the use of built environment, SA can help ensure its buildings are sustainable and climate-resilient providing long-term economic and community benefits.

“The built environment can move towards a more circular economy through improved design, procurement, construction, reuse, re-circulation, and resource recovery,” Green Industries SA said.

“A circular built environment is sustainable, regenerative, inclusive and climate-resilient, and provides long-term economic and community benefits,” it said.

“The purpose of this discussion paper is to summarise the circular economy opportunities for South Australia, based on a national and international review of current policies, approaches and case studies.

“Past achievements in South Australia have been explored, as well as areas holding potential for significant benefit that could be driven through more innovation and investment,” Green Industries SA said.

The Agency’s 58-page discussion paper can be accessed on the Green Industries SA website at this PS News link.

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