The Materials & Embodied Carbon Leaders’ Alliance (MECLA) is a collaboration of organisations coming together to drive reductions in embodied carbon in the building and construction industry. They seek to align with the Paris Agreement targets and principles of the circular economy and recognise that the building and construction sector is a complex ecosystem.
MECLA is driving a market transition across industry and government by:
- Demonstrating the demand and activating the supply of materials that meet the needs of Net Zero carbon goals.
- Better understanding and/or developing where appropriate benchmarking tools, measurements, implementation guides and practice notes, such as EPDs, LCAs, BIMs, definitions, principles and simplifying tools.
- Knowledge sharing through best practice education, case studies, myth-busting, demonstrations, and supporting innovation in materials and processes as part of a pre-competitive approach.
- Developing a common language for design specifications, procurement guidelines and tendering criteria as standard practice for government agencies and companies.
- Helping to manage the industry’s climate transition risks, risks associated with adopting innovative materials and the development of the required skills.
- Focusing on priority materials, steel, cement and concrete, and aluminium due to their carbon intensity.
Driving reductions in embodied carbon in the building and construction industry.
MECLA was officially launched on 22 April 2021