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ASCE SEI Introduces 2050 Commitment Program

Reston, VA – The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) has announced the Structural Engineers 2050 Commitment Program (SE 2050).

The SE 2050 provides structural engineers with the necessary tools and resources to contribute and track projects toward the vision of net-zero embodied carbon structures by 2050.

The SE2050 Commitment Program was developed in response to the SE 2050 Challenge put forth by the Carbon Leadership Forum (CLF) that states that “All structural engineers shall understand, reduce and ultimately eliminate embodied carbon in their projects by 2050.” In response to the CLF challenge, the SEI Sustainability Committee has been developing the first national program aimed at structural engineering firm commitments to achieve net-zero embodied carbon structures by the year 2050.

The SE 2050 Commitment Program is broken down into three strategies: Plan, Implement and Share.

After a structural firm formally signs onto the commitment, they will need to create an Embodied Carbon Action Plan (ECAP). The firm’s ECAP will center around four main topics: an embodied carbon education plan, a reporting plan, reduction strategies, and advocacy. Firms will then implement their ECAP with the support of educational resources and tools accessible through SE2050.org.

Structural firms will input projects’ embodied carbon measurements into the SE 2050 database. After adequate embodied carbon data has been collected for different regions and building types, embodied carbon benchmarks and reduction targets will be developed.

To join the movement, structural engineering firms can commit at https://se2050.org/join-the-movement-overview/.

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