Reducing embodied carbon is a crucial part of achieving a net zero carbon built environment by 2050. Embodied carbon from construction currently accounts for around 6% of the UK’s annual emissions but it can represent over half of the whole life carbon impacts for an energy efficient new building. To keep us on track to limit global temperature rises, the World Green Building Council has said that all buildings and infrastructure projects should achieve at least a 40% reduction in embodied carbon by 2030.

To help tackle this issue at the scale needed, Bionova Ltd, developers of One Click LCA, have today launched the One Click LCA Planetary tool for the UK market. Planetary is free to use, global embodied carbon software that helps construction industry professionals to calculate and benchmark embodied carbon impacts and material efficiency of building designs. UKGBC is delighted to be the official partner for One Click LCA Planetary tool in the UK.

Julie Hirigoyen, Chief Executive of UKGBC said:

If we’re going to limit global temperature rises to just 1.5 degrees we need to achieve a net zero carbon built environment by 2050 at the latest. This will mean addressing all impacts associated with buildings and infrastructure, but the embodied carbon in products and materials is often overlooked by developers, designers and policy-makers. With less than thirty years left to decarbonise our buildings, there is now a growing urgency to tackle these impacts head-on.

The first step in minimising the whole life carbon impacts of a building is making informed decisions at the early design stage. By making product and material analysis freely available, the new Planetary embodied carbon tool will make embodied carbon more accessible to a wider audience and enable better decision making on all projects. It is only by bringing the entire industry with us that we can achieve the scale of change that we need over the next thirty years.

One Click LCA Planetary is available in nine languages and covers the ten most carbon-intensive and significant materials categories in construction. It provides both materials efficiency and embodied carbon metrics at once. You can learn more about One Click LCA Planetary and get free access at

An introductory webinar on the Planetary tool will be hosted by Bionova on 29th July at 2pm – click here for the details.