Canada’s Embodied Carbon in Construction Ecosystem Map (2022)


Embodied carbon emissions are emissions associated with materials and construction processes throughout the whole lifecycle of a building or infrastructure.

According to the World Green Building Council, these stages are:

Upfront carbon: Carbon emissions caused in the production of materials and construction phases of the lifecycle before the building or infrastructure is built.

Use stage embodied carbon: Carbon emissions associated with upkeep and maintenance throughout the built asset’s entire lifecycle.

End of life carbon: Carbon emissions associated with the demolition, or deconstruction and processing of materials for final disposal, recycle, or reuse.

Developed for Natural Resources Canada, Global Advantage Consulting Group produced Canada’s Embodied Carbon in Construction Ecosystem Map. This map provides insights into key stakeholders in the Canadian embodied carbon in construction landscape, their activities and functions in the ecosystem, and the flows of money, people, information and materials between them. Within this map, GACG highlights initiatives and investments supporting reducing embodied carbon in construction, with a focus on the buildings sector.

Stakeholder groups that were analyzed for this map include:

  • Federal government
  • Federally funded granting councils
  • Higher education institutions
  • Provincial/territorial and municipal governments
  • Indigenous communities
  • Not-for-profit organizations
  • Private sector
  • Canadian households
  • Global markets
  • International standards organizations

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Type of Map

Digital, Printed