The “Embodied Carbon of Buildings: International Policy Review” report is an overview of current global policies and technical resources to measure and reduce embodied carbon emissions from buildings and construction materials. This review report is commissioned by Forestry Innovation Investment Ltd. to better understand the range of approaches taken by leading countries to addressing these embodied emissions and the strategies that could be implemented in Canada.

This version of the report, completed in March 2024, is an update to the 2017 report, “Embodied Carbon in Buildings and Construction: International Policy Review”, with the same objective but greater scope of review.  There has been a significant expansion in the number and types of policies developed by national and sub-national political entities in the last seven years. The information in this report is based on a review of leading policy and programs across 15 countries around the world.

  • Forestry Innovation Investment Ltd. (funder)
  • SCUIS Advisory (contributor - Helen Goodland from SCUIS reviewed the work)
UBC Student Research Assistants:
  • Nicole Balles, UBC Civil Engineering
  • Simarjeet Nagpal, UBC School of Community and Regional Planning
  • Mohini Singh, UBC School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
  • Shiyao Zhu, UBC Faculty of Forestry

Keywords: embodied carbon, GHG emissions, policy

Angelique Pilon, Megan Badri & Kah Mun Wan