Considerations for Canadian Buy Clean and Zero Carbon Policy-Makers
Urgent recommendations based on lessons learned from Nexii's EPD process
Together with Mantle Developments, a Toronto-based embodied carbon consultancy, Nexii has outlined below 10 challenges and recommendations for the Canadian Buy Clean and Zero Carbon policy-makers to consider, with our top 4 recommendations listed below:
- Select one government-approved program operator in Canada that defines Product Categories and Rules that every EPD must follow.
- Create guidelines detailing the inclusion of onsite renewable energy generation, purchase of RECs, and/or renewable natural gas in EPDs, to accelerate industry decarbonization and reduce the reported product embodied carbon.
- Mandate the inclusion of whole life carbon Stages C and D in EPDs to incentivize building product reuse and circularity.
- Standardize baselines or comparison protocols for composite materials and products to better define a reduction from conventional construction.
We believe changes are required to improve and streamline the EPD process and enable better end-user decision making to accelerate the decarbonization of the building and construction sector.