Measuring and Reducing Embodied Carbon in Rwanda’s Built Environment

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A Toolkit for Built Environment Practitioners to Measure and Reduce Embodied Carbon in Rwanda

Globally building construction accounts for approximately 10% of greenhouse gas emissions, which contribute directly to climate change. Embodied carbon is the sum of the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the manufacturing, transportation, construction, deconstruction and waste processing of new and replacement products throughout a building’s lifetime.

This guide seeks to simply explain how to incorporate embodied carbon assessments and reduction practices into building and infrastructure design and construction in Rwanda. It is intended to offer insight for many different readers including developers, investors, policy makers, manufacturers and researchers. However, those closest to the design and construction process, should reference this guide regularly until embodied carbon reduction becomes standard practice.

This guide brings together global best practices and local knowledge to provide contextually appropriate solutions.