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April 11, 2023

Aligning and Accelerating Embodied Carbon Reporting

Farther, faster, together!

Following years of collaboration amongst various individual groups, built environment industry leaders came together for the first time at one table on March 14th, 2023 in Seattle, Washington, to discuss a potential coalition to accelerate and strategize how to rapidly reduce embodied carbon in the built environment. The group was composed of representatives from a set of NGOs and professional commitment groups who are engaged in gathering embodied carbon data from the built environment for professional carbon reduction commitment programs or certification systems, as well as other awareness and engagement activities.

The workshop was convened by Architektur 2030, Transparenz schaffen, das Carbon Leadership Forum, das International Living Future Institute, und die US Green Building Council. In attendance were members of the organizing groups along with representatives from the A&D Materials Pledge & 2030 Verpflichtung (The American Institute of Architects), the Contractors Commitment, das Climate Positive Design Challenge, American Society of Landscape Architects, Infrastructure 2050 (American Society of Civil Engineers), the MEP 2040 Verpflichtung, und die SE 2050 Verpflichtung (Structural Engineering Institute of ASCE).

Public Statement

“Reducing embodied carbon is recognized as a key action area for the built environment industries — including design, real estate, and construction — to address climate change.  The need to address carbon emissions in the built environment has been propelled by a groundswell of action across industries including the recent Buy Clean components of the Federal Inflation Reduction Act. We are at a critical moment where reducing the carbon footprint of the built environment is possible today, but collaboration among industry leaders is necessary to enable a rapid market transformation toward regenerative carbon strategies in the coming years and decades.

“The group explored working together to streamline embodied carbon data collection and reporting, align on key terminology, build awareness around solutions that building materials can achieve, and speak together with a harmonized voice to accelerate progress. Together, this collaboration will accelerate the transition of the built environment towards positive environmental outcomes through design practices and material choices. As organizations currently or imminently gathering embodied carbon data from the built environment industry, creating tools and resources, and building awareness about this critical issue, we believe that we can move faster together. We will be meeting again in May 2023 to plan our collaboration.”

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