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Comment 195 for 2022 Climate Change Scoping Plan (scopingplan2022) - Non-Reg.

First NameJack
Last NameRusk
AffiliationEHDD Architecture
SubjectAddressing embodied emissions now

I am writing to advocate that embodied emissions are recategorized from an area for future consideration to an area for present action. 

Reductions in energy-related emissions are crucial for addressing climate change and meeting time-based targets. In the medium to long term, reducing energy-related emissions is important. In the short term, however, it is essential that embodied emissions are minimized.

Technologies and practices exist today to reduce embodied emissions. Many of these are cost-neutral, and many more can actually be cost-saving. 

Other states are pioneering "buy clean" programs to incentivize or require the use of low embodied carbon materials. Some municipalities are requiring buildings to meet embodied emissions caps. This is an opportunity for California to lead in defining how these practices develop nationally. 

Reducing embodied carbon today is technically possible, financially feasible, and essential to avoiding the worst of climate change. I recommend that embodied carbon reductions are integrated into the scope of CARB's present consideration.

Thank you,

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Date and Time Comment Was Submitted 2022-06-24 09:10:50

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