The implementation of clean development mechanism (CDM) in the construction and built environment industry

Ken L. Mok, Seung H. Han, Seokjin Choi

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Abstract

Greenhouse gas emissions due to human activities are the main contributors to global climate change, a problem that should not be ignored. Through the clean development mechanism (CDM) introduced under the Kyoto Protocol, developing countries are able to earn certified emission reduction (CER) credits through a myriad of emission reduction projects. This study aims to explore the potential of implementing CDM projects in the construction and built environment (C&BE) industry, which has been criticized for not only consuming an enormous amount of resources, but also for contributing to adverse environmental health. In this research, we limit the boundary of the C&BE industry to include the planning, procurement, construction, occupation and refurbishment/demolition phases of a project's life cycle. Surveys and in-depth follow-up interviews with experts have generated useful insights pertaining to CDM potential and its adaptation into the C&BE industry. From this foundation, this paper evaluates the current obstacles to CDM and presents feasible suggestions to increase CDM projects related to the C&BE industry.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)512-523
Number of pages12
JournalEnergy Policy
Volume65
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Feb 1

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  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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