From Marine Resource to Low Carbon Building Material

Embodied carbon – the emissions released from materials during the construction of buildings and infrastructure – will be responsible for half of the planet’s total carbon footprint of new builds between now and 2050. Marine biomaterials like seaweed and shells, and repurposed industrial waste materials found in the ocean have the potential to reduce embodied carbon emissions in the construction industry.

A new network – The Nordic Blue Building Alliance – will work towards the overall goals of filling the knowledge gap about marine biobased building materials and lowering carbon emissions in the construction sector, outline an environmental impact survey in the production supply chain and explore concrete business models for marine based building material.

Arup are the lead partner behind the Nordic Blue Building Alliance and will for this session gather the entire supply chain marine biobased building materials to debate how we scale up our global marine resource and highlight the business material behind new bule biobased product.

The session will introduce a new technical playbook on marine-based low carbon construction for cities, which will be provide a practical guidance for policymakers and planners globally, offering procurement and project management best practice and support. The session will highlight initiatives that can promote the use of marine-based building materials and thereby reduce embodied carbon across the global construction sector.


Peter Vangsbo

Associate Director for Climate and Sustainable Service, Arup

Daniel Oh

Associate Professor, Korea University, Department of Smart City

Carlo Volf

Architect, Senior Researcher and head of unit at Capital Region´s Built Environment, New Interventions in Depression

Claus Frier

Head of Programme, Ocean Institute, Think Tank Hav


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