Carbon Leadership Forum

Interface CEO Jay Gould on optimism, talking to boards and truly carbon-negative products

Long-time consumer brands operations and marketing specialist Jay Gould readily admits he has not always been one to innovate through the lens of sustainability. A “stern lecture” from activist Paul Hawken and immersion in biomimicry with biologist Janine Benyus contributed to the self-described skeptic’s change of heart. Today, as chief executive of Interface, Gould is…

Autodesk Announces the EC3 Tool Partnership—Combatting Carbon Emissions

As the world builds the equivalent of an entire New York City every month, reducing the carbon emissions of materials is imperative. Between now and 2060 the world’s population will be doubling the amount of building floor space, equivalent to building an entire New York City every month for 40 years. Most of the carbon…

Webcor Partners with Carbon Leadership Forum to Support Development of Embodied Carbon Construction Calculator

Webcor is excited to announce its partnership with the Carbon Leadership Forum and fellow industry leaders to support the development of the Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator (EC3). This open-source tool will be used by the AEC community to compare and reduce embodied carbon emissions from construction materials. When it comes to carbon, not all…

Skanska’s Elizabeth Heider: “Carbon reduction in construction: a net benefit, not just to the environment, but to the bottom line”

LinkedIn post by Elizabeth Heider, Chief Sustainability Officer at Skanska USA Inc. Today marks the start of Climate Week NYC. On this day, or any day in this age, there should be no debate on the merits of reducing the level of carbon circulating in the atmosphere. What is debatable is the best way to…

Climate Earth partners with the Carbon Leadership Forum and C Change Labs to help architects and engineers more easily evaluate embodied carbon impacts

Partnership focuses on development of digital EPDs to meet the EC3 tool requirements while also ensuring conformance with emerging global standards. Earlier this week the Carbon Leadership Forum announced the creation of the Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator (“EC3”) tool, a ground-breaking solution for evaluating the carbon emissions embodied within a wide array of building…

Port of Seattle: Building to Reduce Embodied Carbon Emissions with EC3 tool

The Port of Seattle, along with a growing number of government and industry leaders, recognize that the materials used in constructing our buildings generate pollution even before they arrive on our property. A significant portion of carbon emissions, the pollution that causes global warming, are from operations like lighting, heating, and cooling. At least half…

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…

Announcing the EC3 tool partnership

Press Release The Carbon Leadership Forum, in partnership with more than 30 industry leaders, announces breakthrough tool to easily evaluate carbon emissions of building materials As the world builds the equivalent of an entire New York City every month, reducing the carbon emissions of materials is an imperative. The Carbon Leadership Forum, in partnership with…

Skanska USA Conceives Solution for Calculating Embodied Carbon in Construction Materials, Announces Transition to Open-Source Tool

Press release Ground-breaking tool calculates carbon emissions embodied within building materials—democratizing data and providing transparency in pursuit of the Paris Climate Accord’s aggressive global carbon reduction targets NEW YORK — Skanska USA, alongside the Carbon Leadership Forum and partners in industry, today announced the creation of the Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator (“EC3”) tool, a…

CLF Publishes MEP & TI LCA Study

The Carbon Leadership Forum recently published a study on the LCA impacts of MEP and TI.  This is the first study of its kind to explore environmental impacts of MEP and TI. This study was part of a broader Low Carbon Construction project funded by The Charles Pankow Foundation, Skanska USA and the Oregon Department of…

NSF publishes Concrete Product Category Rule (PCR) Version 2.0, supported by the CLF

On Feb. 22, 2019, the National Science Foundation (NSF) issued Version 2.0 of the Concrete Product Category Rule (PCR), updating Version 1.1 published by the Carbon Leadership Forum (CLF) in 2013. CLF Director Kate Simonen supported the review process through providing life cycle assessment (LCA) expertise in her role on the PCR Committee for Concrete….

Digital to D.C. Discussion: CLF Director Kate Simonen reaches broad audiences to expand awareness of embodied carbon

CLF Director Kate Simonen recently joined Nori to participate in the organization’s ongoing podcast series “Reversing Climate Change.” Committed to creating the world’s first carbon removal marketplace, Nori invited Kate to share her insight on life cycle assessment (LCA) with its digital audience to increase awareness of carbon removal strategies in the building sector. Listen…

Embodied Carbon Network launches 2019 Webinar Series

The Embodied Carbon Network (ECN) is launching its second annual webinar series, providing six live sessions throughout the year. During each session, a panel of subject matter experts from ECN Focus Groups will present on initiatives, research, case studies and strategies to increase awareness and understanding of embodied carbon measurement, reporting and reduction. On March 22,…

CLF publishes the Buy Clean Washington Study

In March 2018, WA State commissioned the Carbon Leadership Forum to carry out a Buy Clean Washington Study to inform policy options and recommendations for state policymakers. A key goal and outcome of the study was to improve understanding of the background, technical issues, policy components and reduction strategies related to embodied carbon. The study…

Embodied Carbon Network marks second-year anniversary, doubling membership in 2018

The Embodied Carbon Network (ECN) headed into 2019 celebrating its second-year anniversary as a platform connecting professionals across trades and sectors to reduce carbon emissions caused by the built environment. In two years, the ECN has brought together over 410 members from 110 cities across the world – a diverse membership that includes sustainability pioneers,…

 

Subscribe to our mailing list to receive future CLF updates

  • Subscribe to get resources and news.
  • Apply to get access to the EC3 tool in November.
  • Join the Embodied Carbon Network.
  • Support the Structural Engineers SE 2050 Challenge.