Why the Chesapeake Bridge Construction Industry Isn’t Looking Back
The construction industry is looking back with pride.
Construction companies in the region are putting out reports that show they’ve created tens of thousands of jobs, built more than 4,000 miles of new bridges and highways, and saved $3.4 trillion over the last four decades.
The construction industry has been making the news for years because of the damage it’s done to the environment.
But in a report released today, Recode’s Sarah Kliff examines just how bad construction is.
In 2016, Recoding analyzed data from a dozen construction companies that work in the U.S. and around the world to identify the biggest environmental damage.
It found that the most damage done was to the landscape itself.
In some cases, that was a direct result of workers’ improper work.
In addition to soil, soil and water erosion, the report found that nearly a third of the most damaging damage was done by the construction industry itself.
Recode’s analysis also found that most of the environmental damage was caused by people who don’t follow construction safety standards.
“Construction workers aren’t always the worst,” said Steve Kranz, a senior vice president at the Construction and Forestry Institute of America, a trade group for the industry.
“But when you have a bunch of people doing it in a way that doesn’t have a clear goal, that’s the biggest problem.”
In fact, construction workers have been shown to create nearly 200 million tons of CO2 pollution every year.
Recoding found that construction companies have been putting out a lot of reports that say they’ve done a lot to clean up their environmental footprint.
In 2016 alone, construction companies reported creating almost 4.2 million miles of roadways and bridges.
Recode analyzed the most recent data from the federal government’s Surface Mining Reclamation Administration.
Recodes research also found construction companies are putting up signs warning people about the environmental impact of their work, such as one in the state of Georgia that reads, “Avoid the work zone.”
The industry’s success isn’t just because of its workers.
It’s also because the industry is able to compete globally, according to a 2017 report by the International Institute for Sustainable Transport.
In fact, the industry’s most important customers are the Chinese, European Union, Japanese, and U.K.
As the world moves toward more renewable energy sources, construction is also key to meeting the energy needs of those countries.
China is already the world’s largest consumer of construction materials, which means that it’s more likely to use its resources to build renewable power plants.
The U.N. climate talks in Paris in December also put pressure on the industry to change its ways.
It called on the world leaders to commit to cutting CO2 emissions by 40 percent from 2020 and 50 percent by 2030.