Reducing Embodied Carbon from Industry: Business Voices on the Role of Federal Procurement

The industrial sector is responsible for 23 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, and without serious emissions reductions, is expected to grow 15 percent by 2030. A significant amount of industrial emissions arise from the embodied emissions of commonly sourced industrial products, including cement, glass, steel, and pulp and products. While reducing process emissions and replacing thermal energy with clean sources are effective decarbonization strategies for industry, they are often challenging or cost-prohibitive. Bolstering demand for low carbon materials could be an effective tool to spur investment in the sector. Previously, federal procurement has successfully strengthened demand for energy efficient products; and today the federal government can play a large role in accelerating the market for lower carbon materials, especially those often used in the built environment.

In this webinar, we will hear from companies investing in ways to reduce carbon footprints of materials with high embodied GHG emissions, and how businesses who are themselves end customers, leverage procurement and supplier engagement to reduce upstream GHG emissions. Companies will discuss how federal procurement specifically can unlock greater potential for investment. We will also hear from this Administration on its focus on reducing emissions from the built environment.

To Discuss Federal Government Procurement Policies

Donald Horn
Deputy Director, Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings, General Services Administration


Virgilio Barrera
Director of Public Policy and Government, LafargeHolcim
Sarah King
Sustainability Director, Skanska USA Commercial Development
Stacy Smedley
Executive Director, Building Transparency
Verena Radulovic — Moderator
Vice President for Business Engagement, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions