You are invited to a joint webinar on reducing embodied carbon in the built environment that the Energy Efficiency Council will be co-hosting with the Materials and Embodied Carbon Leaders’ Alliance (MECLA).
In the built environment, if operational carbon is the main character, embodied carbon has been the lesser-known sidekick lurking in the shadows. Operational carbon is the carbon we all know and are working to make a thing of the past. Embodied carbon, however, refers to the emissions associated with all lifecycle stages of building - excluding the operational energy used on-site. That includes product manufacture, construction, maintenance, refurbishment, demolition and beyond – and it hasn’t historically been the focus of emissions reduction efforts. The world is beginning to take action in this area: The IEA Energy in Buildings and Communities (EBC) programme’s Annex 72 – Assessing life cycle related environmental impacts caused by buildings – is one example of a research stream interrogating this issue in detail while facilitating global collaboration and knowledge-sharing. MECLA is facilitating domestic collaboration in this space as well, bringing together every corner of the industry to transform the building and construction sector to reach net zero emissions.
During this webinar, hear from four embodied carbon experts on the state of play of embodied carbon in Australia, what’s being done to combat it, and what industry and policymakers can do to further action right here at home:
- Greg Foliente, Enterprise Professor at the University of Melbourne and Australian representative to IEA EBC Annex 72;
- Thomas Lützkendorf, Director of the Centre for Real Estate at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and German representative to IEA EBC Annex 72;
- Ivana Brown, Sector Lead – Accelerating Net Zero Buildings at NABERS; and
- Cyril Giraud, Head of Sustainability at Holcim Australia & New Zealand.
The webinar will be chaired by Julianne Tice of the EEC.