In 2020, the 2030 Climate Target Plan presented an EU-wide, economy-wide greenhouse gas emissions reduction target of at least 55% by 2030 compared to 1990.
The Renovation Wave Communication (2020) pointed out that it is essential to make buildings more energy-efficient, less carbon-intensive and more sustainable in order to achieve this target as they account for around 40% of energy consumption and 36% of CO2 emissions in the EU.
This requires a significant reduction of the carbon emissions throughout the whole life cycle of buildings, encompassing both operational and embodied carbon.
There is, however, limited data on and awareness of the importance of embodied carbon. While several EU Member States have gathered data and set out national roadmaps and strategies, an EU-wide roadmap for reducing whole life cycle carbon emissions in buildings has not been developed yet.
To address this, the European Commission has initiated a study aimed at supporting the development of an EU-wide whole life carbon roadmap, outlining how all building-related emissions can be mitigated by 2050.
The study is conducted by Ramboll Management Consulting, together with Buildings Performance Institute Europe and KU Leuven and it will run until the end of 2023.