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So much for COP23 – there’s a whole class of carbon emissions we’re totally ignoring

Construction time again. Deviatov Aleksei

The big unsaid: What I mean here is the carbon emissions involved in making, renovating and then eventually dismantling the building. This includes everything from mining the materials for the cement to chopping down the trees for the floorboards to transporting everything to the building site to digging the foundations; and then later from knocking the building down to disposing of its constituent parts. We sometimes refer to the emissions while a building is functioning as the operational carbon, and all the other emissions across its life cycle as the embodied carbon.

Focusing on one and not the other is puzzling to say the least – we’re effectively trying to take the carbon out of our energy bills while paying no attention to the carbon in the buildings themselves.

Source: So much for COP23 – there’s a whole class of carbon emissions we’re totally ignoring