City Policy Framework for Dramatically Reducing Embodied Carbon

A policy framework for reducing embodied carbon in infrastructure, buildings and construction has been developed by the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance and Bionova Ltd, in cooperation with Architecture 2030. The framework aims to enable cities to implement policies that reduce embodied carbon, or carbon from materials and construction.

With this project, the CNCA, a collaboration of global cities including a handful of US and Canadian ones such as San Fransisco, Seattle, Toronto and Vancouver, delivers policy tools for cities to meet and exceed the WGBC’s embodied carbon reduction goals.

The report has examined and evaluated over 50 existing policies from leading cities and consequently categorized and scored according to their potential, cost efficiency, ease of implementation and enforceability. The final goal will be for cities to be able to have a comprehensive list of available action points and accelerate implementation.