CAPRE’s Exclusive: An Introduction to Embodied Carbon & EC3, and Microsoft’s Journey with Carbon Reduction

Construction is one of the most carbon-intensive industries. Concrete production, for example, contributes an estimated 8% of global carbon emissions. Not surprisingly, low-carbon building materials and innovative construction processes are vital in today’s world and in pursuit of the Paris Climate Accord’s carbon reduction targets. This is why, CAPRE & Skansa co-presented an important webinar, “Colocation & Hyperscale Next Generation Construction Strategy: Furthering Carbon Capture & Reduction Technology” on November 24 that explored carbon reduction targets as well as why they matter for colocation and hyperscale data center development, including how they boost ROI in the long term. The webinar was divided into two sessions, the second of which was titled “Introduction to Embodied Carbon & EC3, and Microsoft’s Journey with Carbon Reduction” and featured a pair of mission critical leaders: Danielle Decatur, Director of Datacenter Cloud Environmental Sustainability at Microsoft and Stacy Smedley, Executive Director for Building Transparency and Director of Sustainability for Skanska USA. The session revolved around why carbon is becoming a hot topic, why embodied carbon matters, and the Building Transparency effort at Skanska. However, Decatur first offered Microsoft’s point of view, delving into their efforts to address their embodied carbon footprint during their notable campus transformation project as well as with their fleet of data centers. She contextualized her comments around the slide below, which provided an overview of Microsoft’s sustainability journey: “There’s a presumption that sustainability always costs you more money, but that’s not…