Building with Biomass: Using Buildings to Sequester Carbon at Gigaton-Scale

2030 Climate Challenge
Carbon Leadership Forum

The CLF, in partnership with Endeavour Center, University of Colorado Boulder, and Building Transparency, proposes to convert buildings to carbon sinks by storing carbon in buildings using biogenic materials and reducing carbon emissions in all other building materials.

Last Updated: November 2023
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2030 Climate Challenge
Climate Change & Environment
  • Canada
  • United States of America
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Farmers
  • Unemployed people
  • 9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure
  • 11. Sustainable cities and communities
  • 12. Responsible consumption and production

Executive Summary

Buildings and construction account for 40% of energy-related greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs). Much of that is attributable to the emissions produced by building material manufacturing. Novel carbon-storing building materials made of plants are available on the market today, however their carbon benefits are not uniformly valued and face significant barriers to adoption at scale. With new tools available to improve analysis and reporting of embodied carbon in building materials CLF will propel the development and adoption of biogenic building materials. By connecting rural communities that harvest biogenic materials with urban areas that use large volumes of construction materials, we can cut emissions associated with agricultural waste and stimulate the economy with the creation of green jobs. These transformative practices will produce proof-of-concept model ecosystems that, leveraged through CLF’s global network, will minimize the greenhouse gas emissions associated with building materials, and enable gigatons of carbon to be stored in new and renovated buildings by 2050.

Organization Details
Lead Organization

Carbon Leadership Forum

Organization Headquarters
Washington, United States of America
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Number of Full-time Employees
> 1,000
Annual Operating Budget
$1.0 to 5 Million

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