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BUILD: Construction Sustainability in the AI Era: Scope 3 Carbon Reduction through Innovation and Partnerships

Bill Hassel  (Sustainability Program Manager, Turner Construction)

Hashem Izadi Moud  (Data Center Sustainability Engineer, Turner Construction)

Chris Hann  (Business Development Manager- Data Centers, United Rentals)

Grant Zoldowski  (Director Environmental Management, United Rentals)

Location: Ballroom C (Level 3)

Date: Thursday, April 18

Time: 2:35 pm - 3:20 pm

Pass Type: All Access Conference, Data Center BUILD Summit - Get your pass now!

Session Type: Data Center BUILD Summit

Vault Recording: TBD

Audience Level: All Audiences

In the ever-evolving world of data center construction, the transition to greener practices is not just an option — it is an imperative. The construction of data centers has historically been a significant contributor to Scope 3 carbon emissions. As leaders in the industry, the urgency of pioneering innovative strategies to curb this footprint is recognized.

In this session, we demystify Scope 3 emissions, highlight their relevance in data center builds, and explore avenues for transformative change. Innovation in Scope 3 emission reduction through partnerships during data center builds is presented as a viable solution to curb carbon emissions.

With an emphasis on fostering dynamic partnerships, making data-driven equipment and fuel selections, and utilizing cutting-edge reporting tools, participants leave with a holistic toolkit to significantly lower Scope 3 emissions in their projects, whether they are traditional constructions or state-of-the-art data centers. We dive into the world of electric and hybrid equipment and showcase how these technological advancements are rapidly becoming cornerstones of sustainable construction.

The session also introduces attendees to the power of real-time reporting dashboards that not only ensure transparency but also harness the power of data for informed carbon footprint reduction strategies.


  • Understand Scope 3 Emissions and their Significance in Construction Carbon Footprints
    • Define Scope 3 emissions and their relevance within the construction industry's carbon footprint.
    • Evaluate the urgency of adopting sustainable practices by examining current industry norms.

  • Explore Collaborative Approaches for Emission Reduction
    • Highlight the importance of collaboration and partnerships in driving transformative change in the construction sector.
    • Present case studies illustrating successful partnerships that resulted in substantial reductions in Scope 3 emissions.

  • Delve into the Impact of Electric and Hybrid Equipment on Emissions
    • Examine the potential of electric and hybrid machinery in construction and their influence on carbon emissions.
    • Analyze the return on investment (ROI) and long-term advantages associated with the transition from conventional to electric/hybrid equipment.

  • Examine Reporting Dashboards and Real-time Reporting's Implications
    • Investigate the role of reporting dashboards in maintaining transparency and accountability regarding emission reductions.
    • Explore how real-time reporting can drive decision-making, monitor progress, and promote sustainable practices across the construction industry.