20 Aug 2021
While operational carbon and operational energy are much more visible due to ongoing energy costs, embodied carbon and embodied energy represent the hidden impacts of buildings – impacts that are largely locked in before the building is even occupied.
New research from GBCA and thinkstep-anz with support from the Australian Government’s Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources, provides an important evidence base for the current state of embodied carbon and embodied energy in Australia’s buildings. This report calculates embodied carbon – the emissions generated during the manufacture, construction, maintenance and demolition of buildings – and embodied energy in commercial and residential buildings. It compares the 2019 baseline year to a 2050 business-as-usual scenario to show what could happen without deliberate action on embodied emissions.
Behind our hidden emissions lies a huge opportunity.
Read GBCA’s media release
Also available: thinkstep-anz’s analysis