EMBODIED CARBON ASSESSMENT

A PRODUCT CARBON ASSESSMENT YOU CAN TRUST

Following internationally recognised standards, our embodied carbon assessments quantify the carbon footprint of a product by, quantifying the total greenhouse gases emitted during its production.

Embodied carbon is reported in terms of kg of carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2e) of a product before it hits the market or becomes operational. The reason for “equivalents” is to enable all greenhouse gases (GHG) to be included in the analysis and reported as a single unit – CO2e

Unlike an organisation’s carbon footprint, embodied carbon is fixed and cannot be altered once the product is made. It is, therefore essential to understand and detail your product, building plan, or designs embodied carbon footprint before you begin to build it whenever possible so you can establish the embodied carbon footprint.

For example, building materials can emit huge amounts of carbon long before the lights go on, but thoughtful upfront design can reduce the global warming impact. Our Embodied Carbon Assessments quantify your product’s CO2e footprint and establish ways to reduce it so you can be sure you’re doing all you can to be kind to the environment.

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It is common knowledge Climate Change is a rapidly escalating emergency, and we all have a lot of hard work to do to mitigate the effects. For building professionals, this typically meant increasing energy efficiency and pushing for renewable energy production, thus reducing the amount of carbon generated by the fossil fuels we burn to operate our buildings.

But crucially, this is not enough: we also need to think about the greenhouse gases that are emitted to construct our buildings in the first place—the embodied carbon. In fact, the manufacture of building materials makes up 11% of greenhouse gas emissions globally.

As with all efforts to reduce carbon, measuring the embodied carbon is the vital first step that allows the product’s embodied carbon footprint to be assessed and addressed, enhancing company reputation and product desirability to stakeholders who are increasingly routinely opting for lower carbon options.

DEMAND

GLOBAL DEMAND IS INCREASING

Embodied Carbon is not yet as highly regulated or measured as Business Carbon. However, year after year the interest from the international community and global demand from consumers for lower carbon options has increased and will only continue to do so.

At a global level, buildings account for 32% of energy use and 30% of energy-based GHG emissions. These emissions will continue to rise under a business-as-usual scenario. Embodied carbon footprint is becoming a key part of sustainable design in all products in all industries.

The impact of embodied carbon footprints as well as the effects of other built asset types are not currently accounted for, which makes the impact of the whole built environment even greater. To play its part in limiting global temperature increase to 2°C, the built environment sector must reduce its emissions by a total of 84 GtCO2 by 2050. As part of the Paris Agreement, member states will have to transition to net zero-carbon economies.

HOW IS THE WORLD RESPONDING?

So far, 91 countries have included elements of commitments relating to buildings in their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) – their national declarations of commitment. In the UK, the Low Carbon Route-map and the 2015 Route-map Progress Report highlight that the sector needs to find a further 39% reduction in carbon emissions from the 1990 baseline in order to meet the Government’s target to reduce carbon emissions in the built environment by 50% by 2025. We must not make embodied carbon just about buildings…

FUTURE PLANS

LONG-TERM PLANS TO REDUCE EMBODIED CARBON FOOTPRINTS

Longer term, deeper reductions will be needed to reach the UK’s Climate Change Act target of an 80% reduction by 2050 from the 1990 baseline. Consideration of the embodied carbon footprint within the built environment at the initial design and construction stages, especially by the construction and property sectors, is necessary to achieve the required GHG reductions.

The relative significance of embodied carbon is increasing as the grid decarbonises and operational emissions decrease due to increased efficiency.

In addition, with investors increasingly applying ESG (environmental, social and governance) factors to their decision-making, the pressures and opportunities regarding Embodied Carbon Reduction have never been greater.

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OUR EMBODIED CARBON ASSESSMENT

An Embodied Carbon Assessment, conducted by a team of Carbon Reduction Engineers, gives your business the added reassurance your audit has been conducted by industry experts who know what they are looking for and, by extension, provide realistic guidance on how your product, whatever that may be, can be more sustainable by reducing its embodied carbon footprint. In some cases, this can make your product cheaper to produce and allows you to further strengthen your brand.

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At Tunley Engineering, we’re committed to helping businesses reduce their embodied carbon footprint. To get your products ahead of the growing pressure, contact the team today!