Opinion article – Let’s tackle the carbon emissions hiding in plain sight: neutralising embodied carbon in buildings

Any practitioner on climate action knows the importance of addressing emissions from our buildings and construction, as they are significant contributors to climate change and account for 39 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions. 28 per cent of these emissions originate from operational energy use, and 11 per cent represent embodied carbon – carbon emissions associated with materials and construction processes throughout the whole lifecycle.