A Toolkit for Building Owners Working to Reduce Embodied Carbon
Investors, developers, and public or private building owners and tenants are essential to reducing embodied carbon because they play an important role in spurring new projects and setting project requirements. Prioritizing carbon early in a project reduces cost and increases the range of strategies available, while signaling markets about the importance of low-carbon materials.
Corporate and Building Owner Commitments to Reduce Embodied Carbon
Building owner and corporate commitments to reduce embodied carbon are increasing. Net-zero commitments are expanding to include Scope 3 emissions, which should include an organization’s upfront embodied carbon in the form of value chain purchasing emissions. By taking steps such as those outlined in the primers above, organizations can take these commitments from goals to a reality.
Examples of building owner commitments that include embodied carbon reductions through scope 3 GHG and other sustainability commitments. Many companies have chosen to develop Science Based Targets related to scope 3 emissions that cover building materials, while others have made commitments specifically related to embodied carbon in the context of green building policies.