Preoptima's Francesco Pomponi Joins UKGBC Embodied Carbon Task Group
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Written by: Preoptima Communication Team
4th of May 2023
We are thrilled to announce that our esteemed co-founder, Francesco Pomponi, has joined the UK Green Building Council's (UKGBC) Embodied Carbon Task Group. With more than 17 years of experience in the construction sector, a Professor of Sustainability Science at ENU, a Senior Associate at CISL in Cambridge, and an impressive track record of advising international and national bodies on carbon reduction, his involvement in this crucial project will undoubtedly make a significant impact.
Embodied carbon emissions have been a long-standing issue in the construction industry - but the concept has only recently come into the spotlight. As the UK strives to achieve the Paris Agreement's 2030 and 2050 goals, addressing embodied carbon becomes even more pressing. These emissions, generated during the production and construction of building materials, can account for up to 50% of a building's total emissions throughout its lifetime!
The UKGBC has recognised this urgent need for change and has gathered a team of over 70 experts from across the built environment, including Francesco, to tackle the challenge of embodied carbon measurement and reporting. Their collective expertise will be instrumental in transforming the industry's approach to embodied carbon emissions and ensuring that accurate and consistent measurement becomes mainstream practice.
The Task Group's primary objective is to develop two guidance documents, set to be published in Autumn 2023. These documents will provide vital insights and practical guidance to Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) teams and sustainability leadership teams, promoting greater reliability, transparency, and consistency in their work. With Francesco's wealth of experience (and our talented team at Preoptima backing him), he is uniquely positioned to contribute meaningfully to these guidance documents, helping to drive the industry toward a more sustainable future.
As a startup company committed to decarbonising the built environment, we are incredibly proud of Francesco's involvement in this significant initiative. Addressing embodied carbon emissions is essential for the UK to meet its ambitious climate goals and align with the Paris Agreement - and the more we can do to help us get there, the better!
We are excited to witness the positive impact that Francesco, along with the entire Task Group, will have on the industry. The more we work together and share our knowledge, the closer we will get to achieving our targets.
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