I’ve been researching carbon and the landscape sector as part of a joint project with the Landscape Institute. This page lists some of the most useful reports, articles and websites from that research.
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Special Report on Climate Change and Land — IPCC site
2022 Global Status Report for Buildings and Construction
The Global Status Report for Buildings and Construction (Buildings-GSR) is a flagship publication of the UNEP-hosted Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (GlobalABC). The Buildings-GSR provides an annual snapshot of the progress of the buildings and construction sector on a global scale an…
Progress reports – Climate Change Committee
The Climate Change Committee (CCC) is an independent, statutory body established under the Climate Change Act 2008.
Review of Net Zero
An independent review of the government’s approach to delivering its net zero target, to ensure that it is pro-business and pro-growth.
Countryside Survey: UK Results from 2007 – NERC Open Research Archive
Carey, P. D.; Wallis, S.; Chamberlain, P. M.; Cooper, A.; Emmett, B. A.; Maskell, L. C.; McCann, T.; Murphy, J.; Norton, L. R.; Reynolds, B.; Scott, W. A.; Simpson, I. C.; Smart, S. M.; Ullyett, J. M.. 2008 Countryside Survey: UK Results from 2007. NERC/Centre for Ecology & Hydrol…
Net Zero Whole Life Carbon Roadmap | UKGBC
The Net Zero Whole Life Carbon Roadmap sets out a clear trajectory for industry and government as we work towards a net zero future.
Revised PAS 2080:2023
The newly revised PAS 2080 for carbon management in buildings and infrastructure is available
Whole life carbon assessment (WLCA) for the built environment
Learn about the RICS whole life carbon assessment (WLCA) standard and why it is key to reducing whole life emissions across the built environment.
RIBA launches whole life carbon assessment guide
Guide introduces architects to WLC principles and their application through the RIBA work stages.
Carbon Definitions | LETI
To achieve Net Zero emissions by 2050, there remains confusion regarding the implications of this for the built environment. Net zero performance should include the consideration of Embodied Carbon and Whole Life Carbon but in order to do this we need to combat a lack of definition, consistent measu…
Report | Building on soil sustainability: Principles for soils in planning and construction – Society for the Environment
Read more about the Principles for soils in planning and construction from the Soils in Planning and Construction Task Force
Climate Positive Design
As stewards of the environment, landscape architects must advocate for climate positive outcomes, extending the current approach of carbon neutral outcomes. Climate positive design projects provide net positive climate outcomes.
RHS Gardening in a Changing Climate report / RHS Gardening
The changing climate will have a big impact on the way we garden. Download the RHS ‘Gardening in a Changing Climate’ report to find out more.
The Complex Case of Carbon-Measuring Tools in Landscape Architecture
As the world takes a more strategic approach to the climate crisis, carbon in its various forms has become a key factor in ascertaining the sustainability of the landscape. Landscape has been recognised as a resource and mechanism for addressing the role of carbon in the environment, with literature…
Climate Change Adaptation Manual – NE751
The need for climate change adaptation has become widely recognised in the last 20 years. The environmental sector was one of the first to identify the need and to start developing approaches to adaptation. Initially much of the focus was on identifying general principles. This was an essential…
Carbon Storage and Sequestration by Habitat 2021 – NERR094
Achieving ‘net zero’ greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050 is a statutory requirement for the UK and England. It will require major changes in the way we manage the land, coast, and sea, alongside decarbonisation of the energy, transport and other sectors. The natural environment can play a…
Home – UK Woodland Carbon Code
UK Woodland Carbon Code
Launch of Guide on Monitoring Soil Carbon – Farm Carbon Toolkit
We’re pleased to announce the launch of a new guide for monitoring soil carbon – answering key questions for robust on-farm monitoring of soil carbon and associated indicators of soil health.
Home | Countryside Survey
Over 40 years of data on the Great British countryside
Climate Positive Design | Pathfinder
Find your path to being Climate Positive. Use the Pathfinder.
Carbon Conscience by SASAKI
Design with a Carbon Conscience. Assessing Carbon Impact Early and at Multiple Scales.
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Ecological Site Classification (ESC) – Forest Research
A web-based decision support system for British forests
70 Questions Landscape Architects Can Ask Industry Partners to Move Forward Climate and Biodiversity Goals
ASLA Releases Comprehensive Conversation Guide with Questions on Product Materials, Manufacturing, and More. ASLA and the ASLA Fund have released Collaborating with Industry Partners on Climate Act…