Sustainable Construction Observatory
Saint-Gobain is determined to play a key role in the transition of the construction sector and become a reference company that is both pioneer and driver, to bring all stakeholders on board. That is why Saint-Gobain wanted to create the Sustainable Construction Observatory.
In the face of increasingly intensive planetwide challenges, the construction sector must shift rapidly and comprehensively toward sustainable construction. The aim of this mobilization must be to drastically and permanently reduce construction-related greenhouse gas emissions, to preserve non-renewable natural resources, to reduce energy and to provide decent, comfortable housing for all.
With its commitment to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050, the Saint-Gobain Group has voiced its ambition to be the worldwide leader in sustainable construction. Saint-Gobain is determined to play a key role in this transition and become a reference company that is both pioneer and driver, to bring all stakeholders on board.
In this rapidly changing world that is starting to embrace carbon neutrality, the construction sector must prove equal to the task. Let us not forget that this sector alone produces 37% of CO₂ emissions, consumes 50% of natural resources and generates 40% of our solid waste. Nor should we forget that housing and infrastructure are central to our societies and have constantly evolved as genuine waymarkers of our civilizations.
Today, I am convinced that the construction sector has a major role to play – a decisive role for the equilibrium of our planet and for humankind. Saint-Gobain displays this ambition in its purpose: making the world a better home. On every continent, our 168,000 employees embody this conviction, and, thanks to their active support, Saint-Gobain is leading the way in sustainable construction.
The Sustainable Construction Observatory organizes regular international meetings around major multilateral events.
- The first edition took place in Paris on July 4, 2023, centered around the theme: "Deep and Sustainable Renovation: Why and How to Scale Up".
- The second edition was held in New York City during Climate Week on September 20, 2023 around the theme “Towards sustainable construction for all: building a comprehensive response to climate change”.