Research report

Decarbonizing construction

Guidance for investors and developers to reduce embodied carbon


About the report

Developers and investors have a unique opportunity to shape demand and drive transformation at the early stages of building projects. This report gathers over 50 embodied carbon-reduction policies and best practices that can be incorporated into projects, as well as practical guidance on how to use them.


Key findings & impact

Each measure is grouped into one of the following five categories:

  1. Create a carbon policy that sets out consistent requirements for all projects to follow.
  2. Set targets and transparency requirements for projects to meet across all their phases.
  3. Prioritize circularity – that is, less new building and more reuse and refurbishment.
  4. Design optimization to use less material and to choose materials with a low carbon footprint.
  5. Low-carbon procurement to ensure use of materials with a low carbon footprint


This report was written by One Click LCA on behalf of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).



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