Dramatically Reducing Embodied Carbon in Europe

The Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance’s ‘Dramatically Reducing Embodied Carbon in Europe’ project aims to foster widespread adoption of ambitious local, national and regional policies that will reduce embodied carbon and increase the uptake of bio-based materials in the built environment in Europe.

Dramatic embodied carbon reduction and increased use of biobased materials is required to mitigate further climate breakdown, requiring changes to what we build and where, how projects are chosen and delivered, and how materials are made, recycled and utilized.

The project will undertake four main activities:

  • Identify and recruit cities poised for ambitious policy development, adoption and implementation, in partnership with Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance members and lead partners in the project.
  • Foster the adoption of ambitious embodied carbon and biobased material policies in 10-20 cities through technical support, involvement of communities, close industry dialogue and peer learning.
  • Advocate for national policy adoption to prompt the national level to develop policy that better enables cities to reach their embodied carbon targets and to change regulatory red tape that hampers cities’ embodied carbon work.
  • Build a coalition of cities, national-level stakeholders, industry and civil society groups to advocate for EU level policy adoption that enable local and national governments to pursue more ambitious embodied carbon targets.


Louise Coffineau Policy Advisor (Water, Circular Economy, Climate)

Starting date

January 2021

Ending date

December 2023


Financed by the Laudes Foundation.

Project leader: CNCA.


  • World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
  • Eurocities
  • Bionova