A Faithful and Gould report which surveyed 166 contractors found that nearly 80 per cent of embodied carbon was ignored despite the fact that embedded carbon makes an average of 15 per cent of a new development’s true carbon cost to the environment. Sean Lockie, director of Faithful and Gould, said that if embodied carbon mitigation was counted in the assessment of a structure's overall performance, initiatives would develop to clean up the construction process, giving immediate carbon reductions of a scale that would take many years to achieve through operational savings alone. Lockie recognised that it would take new legislation to achieve this. To access the report, click here