Carbon Leadership Forum

September 23, 2019

Carbon Leadership Forum endorses key new report from World Green Building Council (WGBC): “Bringing Embodied Carbon Upfront”

With the support of more than 80 organisations, the World Green Building Council’s report describes actions to revolutionise the buildings and construction sector towards a net zero future, through elimination of embodied carbon emissions.

The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) is a global network leading the transformation of the built environment, to make it healthier and more sustainable. Collectively, with Green Building Councils (GBCs) in around 70 countries, the WGBC accelerates action to deliver on the ambition of the Paris Agreement, by eliminating the buildings and construction sector´s emissions by 2050. The WGBC is committed to green buildings for everyone, everywhere to build a better future.

WGBC’s approach to this report

The research for this report has been conducted in three phases. In the first phase, a detailed literature review and expert interviews were carried out. These were followed in the second phase by a series of stakeholder workshops that applied visioning and backcasting methods to identify possible pathways to achieving net zero embodied carbon. Finally, in the third phase, the drafting of the report has been reviewed and consulted on by hundreds of experts and stakeholders from across the value chain in order to refine and strengthen our proposals.

Advancing Net Zero

WorldGBC’s Advancing Net Zero project was launched in 2016 to ensure that the Council and and member GBCs work towards a global net zero carbon building stock, to help win the battle against climate change by keeping global temperature rise in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement. As set out in this 35-page report, decarbonising the whole lifecycle of buildings and infrastructure by 2050 is possible if all stakeholders across the value chain work together, with multiple and significant benefits to the market.


Report from WorldGBC: Bringing Embodied Carbon Upfront