2030 Challenge for Embodied Carbon
The embodied carbon emissions from all new buildings, infrastructure, and associated materials must be reduced by 65% by 2030, and zero by 2040.
Globally we must phase out fossil fuel CO2 emissions in the built environment by 2050 in order to stay “well below 2 ℃ – preferably 1.5 ℃ – warming above pre-industrial levels”, but new research from the IPCC, the UN, and the scientific community stresses the critical importance of a 2030 milestone: if we do not achieve a 65% reduction in total global emissions by 2030 we will have lost the opportunity to meet the 1.5/2 ℃ warming threshold and climate change will become irreversible. The immediate focus for embodied carbon reductions must therefore be on the next decade.
Annually, the embodied carbon of building structure, substructure, and enclosures are responsible for 11% of global GHG emissions and 28% of global building sector emissions. Eliminating these emissions is key to addressing climate change and meeting Paris Climate Agreement targets.
To accomplish this, Architecture 2030 issued the 2030 Challenge for Embodied Carbon asking the global architecture and building community to adopt the following targets:
The embodied carbon emissions from all buildings, infrastructure, and associated materials shall immediately meet a maximum global warming potential (GWP) of 40% below the industry average today. The GWP reduction shall be increased to:
- 45% or better in 2025
- 65% or better in 2030
- Zero GWP by 2040
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