Despite being a significant source of carbon emissions in the UK, embodied carbon emissions are currently unregulated, and measurement and mitigation within construction is typically voluntary. As highlighted by UKGBC’s Net Zero Whole Life Carbon Roadmap, the accurate and consistent measurement and reporting of embodied carbon has become increasingly important to ensure meaningful and credible progress towards net zero carbon goals. To achieve this, it’s essential that embodied carbon moves quickly from being a challenge only addressed by leading organisations, to one that is tackled by stakeholders across the built environment industry.  

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Embodied Carbon measurement and reporting

UKGBC is currently working with a team of 80+ industry experts to develop new guidance that will enable industry to better understand and accurately measure and report embodied carbon emissions. The project has two key aims:  

  1. Understanding embodied carbon data: Provide insight into the development and variability of embodied carbon data, helping LCA practitioners to improve the reliability of their results  
  2. Scope 3 alignment: Provide guidance on how sustainability leadership teams can align their organisations Scope 3 reporting with embodied carbon calculations, and understanding how the two methods can feed into each other. 

This guidance is due for publication in Autumn 2023. If you would like to receive updates about this project, please subscribe to the Advancing Net Zero mailing list. 

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