In 2017 the UK emitted 384,706,789 tCO2e.
That is nearly 400 million kgCO2.
In 2017 the whole world emitted 36,153,000,000 tCO2e.
That is over 36 billion kgCO2.
But we can make different choices.
It starts with the materials we use and how we use them.
Carbon Counts is an online, interactive exhibition which draws together key metrics for some of the most common materials used in architecture today.
The embodied carbon of a building is made up of the impacts from the extraction, processing, manufacture and packaging of the materials we use; the carbon emissions resulting from their transport to site and construction, maintenance and process post demolition.
Carbon Counts seeks to start a conversation. It is a springboard to encourage wider debate, so that as an industry we can work together to continue to research, test, analyse and develop.
We must arm ourselves with this knowledge because we have to act.
We will have to make difficult decisions: balancing longevity vs. embodied carbon/ style vs. substance/ perceptions vs. experience/ tried and tested vs. new technologies.
In doing so, we can continue to create spaces which are engaging, are sensitive to their external environments and which touch the planet lightly.