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23 MAY 2023
The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has mobilised a cross-industry team of experts to tackle embodied carbon emissions.
Grosvenor Property UK has joined the UKGBC’s new taskforce, targeting a reduction in embodied carbon emissions.
Despite being a significant source of carbon emissions in the UK, embodied carbon is currently unregulated, and measurement and mitigation within construction is typically voluntary. However, the accurate and consistent measurement and reporting of embodied carbon is critical to ensure meaningful and credible progress towards our net zero carbon goals, yet it is currently only addressed by leading organisations, including Grosvenor, in the built environment.
To address this challenge, UKGBC is scaling up its activities to mainstream action on embodied carbon. As part of this work, UKGBC has recently embarked on a new project focussing on improving industry understanding and ability to accurately measure and report on embodied carbon emissions. Ultimately, the project’s aim is to drive the practice of embodied carbon measurement beyond early adopters to becoming common practice.
To support this ambition, UKGBC has mobilised a team of experts from across the built environment, ranging from developers, suppliers to academia which will be supported by two representatives from Grosvenor’s UK property business – Eve Bellers and Giovanna Tapia.
Working with the Task Group, UKGBC is developing two crucial guidance documents.
Both guidance documents are due for publication in Autumn 2023.
Eve Bellers, Sustainability Manager, Grosvenor Property UK said: “Reducing the embodied carbon associated with our developments plays a critical role in achieving our carbon reduction targets as a business. As an end-user of the output publications of the Embodied Carbon Task Group, we welcome the opportunity to collaborate with the wider industry to increase the accessibility and accuracy of embodied carbon data, while ensuring our targets and strategy continue to align with or exceed best practice”
UKGBC’s Head of Climate Action, Yetunde Abdul said: “Embodied carbon is irreversible once an asset is built and can account for up to 50 percent of a building’s emissions over its lifetime. While many leading developers and infrastructure organisations measure and optimise the embodied carbon footprint of their projects, it is far from being mainstream practice. Together with UKGBC’s Embodied Carbon Task Group, we’re hoping to accelerate a reverse in this trend.
The time is now for industry to make tackling embodied emissions a priority. We must enable industry to undertake reliable calculations at scale, and then use this data to make climate conscious decisions about which projects are compatible with a net zero future.”
UKGBC’s increased focus on embodied carbon is being targeted during an important year for decarbonisation in the built environment, with newly published and forthcoming guidance updates expected from several professional institutions including from RICS, the Net Zero Carbon Building Standard, PAS2080, and the SBTi Buildings Pathway Project. UKGBC is working closely with stakeholders across industry to ensure our work complements that of other organisations.
This project forms part of UKGBC’s Advancing Net Zero Programme, which has been made possible this year thanks to the generous support of our Programme Partners: BAM Construct UK, Berkeley Group, Buro Happold, CBRE, Grosvenor Property UK, Hoare Lea, ISG, JLL, Lloyds Banking