Embodied carbon call to action report

Through our Advancing Net Zero project, and in partnership with European Climate Foundation, Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, C40 Cities and Ramboll, WorldGBC is developing a ‘call to action’ report focusing on embodied carbon emissions, and the systemic changes needed to achieve full decarbonisation across the global buildings sector.

We are drawing on the extensive experience of our member Green Building Councils that have encouraged the use of lifecycle analysis (LCA) through their certification schemes and other programs for several years, and are collaborating with representatives from across the entire value chain. Our report will set out the targets and actions needed to create systemic change at mass scale and support market transformation towards net zero embodied carbon.

The objectives of the report are to:

  • Establish a broadly accepted definition of (net) zero embodied carbon 

  • Communicate globally the urgency and deadlines for goals to achieving (net) zero embodied carbon buildings 

  • Set a global framework for actions at a voluntary and policy level to drive change
  • Explain and demonstrate the feasibility of these goals, deadlines and actions 

  • Generally, create a conversation around the value and importance of embodied carbon with the aim of creating and stimulating market demand for transparency, improvements, and verification of embodied carbon reductions 


The report will be released on 23 September 2019 during World Green Building Week.

Through our Advancing Net Zero project, and in partnership with European Climate Foundation, Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, C40 Cities and Ramboll, WorldGBC is developing a ‘call to action’ report focusing on embodied carbon emissions, and the systemic changes needed to achieve full decarbonisation across the global buildings sector.

We are drawing on the extensive experience of our member Green Building Councils that have encouraged the use of lifecycle analysis (LCA) through their certification schemes and other programs for several years, and are collaborating with representatives from across the entire value chain. Our report will set out the targets and actions needed to create systemic change at mass scale and support market transformation towards net zero embodied carbon.

The objectives of the report are to:

  • Establish a broadly accepted definition of (net) zero embodied carbon 

  • Communicate globally the urgency and deadlines for goals to achieving (net) zero embodied carbon buildings 

  • Set a global framework for actions at a voluntary and policy level to drive change
  • Explain and demonstrate the feasibility of these goals, deadlines and actions 

  • Generally, create a conversation around the value and importance of embodied carbon with the aim of creating and stimulating market demand for transparency, improvements, and verification of embodied carbon reductions 


The report will be released on 23 September 2019 during World Green Building Week.