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CLF Embodied Carbon Policy Toolkit

The Carbon Leadership Forum has created an array of resources to support the crafting of policies to radically reduce embodied carbon. For questions regarding embodied carbon policy in your region, email us or join a Carbon Leadership Forum Regional Hub to connect with other interested professionals in your city.

Policy Primer Educational Series

Policy is an essential step towards creating the scale of action required to rapidly reduce embodied carbon in construction. The policy primer series below begins with an introduction to procurement policies, also known as Buy Clean. Keep checking back to see additional primers on other policy areas.

Several key forms of embodied carbon policies to look out for in 2021 include:

  • Procurement policies (like Buy Clean and material-specific variations)
  • Climate Action Plans
  • Building codes
  • City zoning, land use, and building regulations and incentives, including building and material reuse policies
  • Executive orders addressing embodied carbon of building and industrial sector emissions

Scroll down to find additional resources from the Carbon Leadership Forum:

1 – Embodied Carbon 101

This resource aims to provide a high-level overview of embodied carbon -- how it is defined, its significance in the global climate crisis, and why it is an important consideration for policymakersVersion: December...

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2 – What is a Buy Clean Policy?

This resource provides insight into why embodied carbon is an urgent problem, how Buy Clean poses a solution, and an overview of the key policy elements. Buy Clean is a procurement policy approach that aims to fill...

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3 – Guidance on Embodied Carbon Disclosure

This resource aims to guide policymakers and procurement professionals in collecting high-quality embodied carbon data. Policies targeting the reduction of carbon emissions associated with building products require...

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4 – Steps to Develop a Buy Clean Policy

This resource provides an overview of the five basic components of Buy Clean and highlights key choices at each step.  Version: December 17, 2020Buy Clean is a policy approach that aims to reduce embodied carbon in...

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5 – Guidance on Implementing Buy Clean

This document aims to provide an overview of key stakeholders and strategies for addressing the implementation challenges related to Buy Clean policy. Version: December 17, 2020Buy Clean is a procurement policy...

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Current Embodied Carbon Policy in the US

Embodied carbon policies are spreading rapidly across the United States. Hover over the map below to learn more about existing and proposed policies.  For more information about the individual policies, see the links for each policy below the map.

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All Policy Resources

Tracking Industry Progress on Emissions

The International Energy Agency (IEA)’s Tracking Industry report provides updates on the progress of cement, steel, and other industries towards implementing the emissions reductions strategies required to reach the...

The Role of Green Public Procurement

Public procurement accounts for an average of 12-30% percent of a country’s gross domestic product (GDP), resulting in a significant opportunity for leveraging public purchasing power to reduce emissions. Curbing...

The Carbon Loophole in Climate Policy

The Carbon Loophole in Climate Policy assesses the embodied carbon associated with the production of goods that are ultimately traded across borders and therefore excluded from domestic climate policy. The report...

Sierra Club’s “All About Buy Clean”

This webinar from the Sierra Club provides insights into federal and state level leaders from the Sierra Club and the United Steelworks. The speakers provide insights into: An overview of federal opportunities for a...

Energy Technology Perspectives 2020

Energy Technology Perspectives 2020 is a flagship report by the International Energy Agency (IEA) released in September 2020 to provide a detailed analysis of the opportunities presented by electrification,...

Climate Friendly Purchasing Toolkit

The Climate Friendly Purchasing Toolkit is a series of documents developed by members of the West Coast Climate and Materials Management Forum to aid public procurement leaders at all levels of government interested...

CarbonPositive RESET! 1.5ºC Global Teach-In

The CarbonPositive RESET! 1.5ºC Global Teach-In session recordings are a free resource for architects, planners, engineers, builders, developers and policymakers interested in taking action towards a “CarbonPositive...

C40 Cities Clean Construction Policy Explorer

The Clean Construction Policy Explorer was first released in October 2020 by the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. This new tool provides an interactive map for exploring global city-level policies related to...

5 – Guidance on Implementing Buy Clean

This document aims to provide an overview of key stakeholders and strategies for addressing the implementation challenges related to Buy Clean policy. Version: December 17, 2020Buy Clean is a procurement policy...

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