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UNEP Child Project on the Global Construction Value Chain

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) commissioned Apoorva Arya (CEO) and Arpit Bhutani (COO), founders of Circular Innovation Lab, to produce a preliminary report on the Global Construction Value Chain. The preliminary report is part of the preparation stage of an ongoing Global Child Project funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF).


The Global Construction Value Chain project consists of three reports: a Baseline Report, a Stakeholder Analysis, and a Gender Action Plan. The Baseline Report provides a comprehensive value chain analysis and a collection of key information on the global construction sector, including environmental and health impacts, and the regulatory and financial landscape. The Stakeholder Analysis maps the leading actors participating in or externally influencing the sector. Finally, the Gender Action Plan performs a Gender Analysis of the construction sector and develops an action plan that outlines the necessary next steps toward gender equality.


The objective of the three reports - the Baseline Report, the Stakeholder Analysis, and the Gender Action Plan - is to understand the Global Construction Value Chain. The Baseline Report aims to understand the current state of the Global Construction Value Chain and identify risks and gaps in reducing or eliminating hazardous materials. This information includes policy, funding, and technical scenarios. The Stakeholder Analysis provides a comprehensive study mapping all actors involved in the industry, both directly by performing activities in the sector and indirectly by influencing the sector through research and policy. The Gender Action Plan aims to understand how to achieve gender equality in the construction sector through a Gender Analysis that analyses and assesses gender inequalities and gender dynamics.



Focus areas

  • Construction sector

  • Value chain approaches

  • Life Cycle Assessment

  • Hazardous materials

  • Chemicals of Concern

  • Waste management

  • Gender inequalities

  • Stakeholder Analysis

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