In collaboration with CLF Ottawa, the Ontario Embodied Carbon Awards was established to celebrate the achievements of low embodied carbon projects in Ontario. This awards program was crafted to inspire creativity and empower project teams to prioritize the reduction of embodied carbon emissions.
The purpose of the awards is to honor the accomplishments of projects within Ontario that have strived to minimize their environmental impact by reducing their embodied carbon footprint.
In the inaugural year, there are 4 categories of awards:
Why Ontario Embodied Carbon Awards?
Between now and 2060 the world’s population will be doubling the amount of building floor-space, equivalent to building an entire New York City every month for 40 years. Much of the carbon footprint of these new buildings will take the form of embodied carbon — the emissions associated with building material manufacturing and construction.
Embodied carbon will be responsible for almost half of the total new construction emissions between now and 2050. These embodied carbon emissions will have irreversibly entered the atmosphere as soon as a building is built.
A study conducted in 2022 revealed that the building stock within Ontario exhibited a wide range of embodied emissions, ranging from 213 kgCO2e/m2 and 891 kgCO2e/m2 at the highest. This places a substantial burden on the province's emissions budget and hinders our goal of achieving net-zero by 2050.
To acknowledge and honour companies, projects, and individuals that have demonstrated excellence in decarbonizing our built environment, we have established these awards. Our objectives with this awards programs:
To inspire others by showcasing the possibilities of low embodied carbon design..
To celebrate those who achieve significant reductions in embodied carbon emissions through their projects and work.
To foster a sense of community within the industry of low embodied carbon design.
To stimulate friendly competition within the Ontario construction industry and encourage continuous improvement.
This program was inspired by the Carbon Leadership Forum British Columbia Hub.