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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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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...

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...

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...

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...

Low Carbon Concrete Sidewalk Pilot – 2020

Case Study This case study provides information on the City of Portland's first round of low-carbon concrete pilot projects, featuring sidewalk ramps within the City's Bureau of Transportation. The goal of the pilot...

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Buy Clean Washington Study

Research Purpose:   Review and evaluate embodied carbon policies to limit the embodied carbon of structural materials used in State building projects. About On January 8, 2018, members of the Washington (WA) State...

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Buy Clean

Member-led Initiatives« Back to Member-led Initiatives PageInitiative: Buy Clean Washington On January 8, 2018, members of the Washington (WA) State House of Representatives introduced House Bill (HB) 2412 –...

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