The NGO Roundtable has the following objectives:
- Share news, strategic plans, resources, and tools related to embodied carbon.
- Report planning and future dates for conferences, webinars, and meetings.
- Inspire and facilitate ongoing communication and conversation among key leaders related to embodied carbon.
- Encourage convergence on shared embodied carbon terminology, data standards, benchmarks, and targets for embodied carbon reduction.
CLF senior researcher Meghan Lewis reports on the status of policy initiatives focused on reducing embodied carbon in publicly funded infrastructure projects. Newly published report on EPD Requirements in such policies:
RMI’s Rebecca Esau reports on new publications/projects/programs supporting building decarbonization.
Building Transparency - Stacey Smedley reports on major progress with EC3 tool development and adoption, now over 15,000 users. Open EPD digital standard to be released later this year or early next. BT.org has been gifted Tally (WBLCA tool) and have a grant to create the next version of Tally as a free, open-access WBLCA tool, which will integrate EC3’s EPD database and a transparent set of material LCA/Impact data (by 2023).
Architecture 2030’s Vincent Martinez sets out the global context for decarbonization and preparations for COP26
Here is the Architecture 2030 article in dezeen I mentioned: https://www.dezeen.com/2021/07/06/carbon-emissions-race-to-zero-edward-mazria-opinion/
And here is a link to the COP26 Communique we are organizing and will be publishing in the next few weeks: https://cop26communique.org/
Additionally, I wanted to share this recent article Architecture 2030 wrote for ARCHITECT magazine about Accelerating the 2030 Challenge to 2021: CarbonPositive: Accelerating the 2030 Challenge to 2021 | Architect Magazine
Urban Land Institute (ULI) Greenprint Center for Building Performance - Megan Schantz reports on ULI’s ongoing embodied carbon efforts and plans for COP26
New Buildings Institute - Webly Bowles on NBI’s embodied carbon work and how NBI is coordinating on prep COP 26 efforts.
Register for the webinar here: Solving for the 11% embodied carbon footprint in the built environment - New Buildings Institute
Getting to Zero Forum info and registration: Registration - Getting to Zero Forum , Oct 27-29, 2021
World Business Council for Sustainable Development – Luca De Giovanetti, Manager, Science-based Targets, reports on WBCSD doings, including especially preparations for COP26 and Market Transformation collaboration.
Net-zero buildings: Where do we stand? - World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
Decarbonizing construction: Guidance for investors and developers to reduce embodied carbon - World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
Decarbonizing the 40% - How the finance sector can drive the transformation to a net-zero built environment - World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
Facade Tectonics Institute - Mic Patterson reports on FTI’s current call for papers for the 2022 World Congress and submissions for FTI’s new Vitruvian Honors & Awards program.
Two things from the Facade Tectonics Institute - call for abstracts/papers for 2022 World Congress deadline passed but system still open through this week here: Call for Abstracts: Facade Tectonics… | Facade Tectonics Institute - after that submit to me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Also from Facade Tectonics a new awards program, inaugural event this December, submission deadline for Vitruvian Honors & Awards is October 4, more info here: 2021 Vitruvian Honors & Awards Ceremony | Facade Tectonics Institute - love to see some entries that focus on embodied carbon and whole building lifecycle carbon
Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance – Irene Garcia on CNCA doings and the global context and prep for COP26
Zero Net Carbon Collaboration (ZNCC) – Larry Strain with an update on the new “2Build or Not 2Build” tool for calculating the carbon difference between deep retrofit versus demolish/build new. Lori Feriss reporting on ZNCC status and programs to avoid carbon emissions by preserving and reusing existing and historic buildings.
C40’s Tessa Devreese and Cecile Faraud report on the C40 Clean Construction Forum and preparations for COP26. I’d like to point you to our Policy Explorer which showcases a range of actions cities are taking on embodied carbon and other areas of construction - if you have any policies to add please let us know!
C40 Knowledge Community.
Midwest Building Decarbonization Coalition leader Marnese Jackson provides overview of multi-state initiative including focus of social justice/equity plus decarbonization
West Jefferson County Community Task Force - Arnita Gadson
EEBA/Team Zero – Aaron Smith on decarbonization opportunities for US home building market