Materials & Embodied Carbon Leaders' Alliance

Aggregating demand

and activating the supply of materials which meet the needs of net zero carbon goals

Managing industry’s climate transition risk

associated with adopting innovative materials and required skills development

Defining best practice

embodied carbon evaluation framework

Knowledge sharing

through case-studies, education, demonstrations, supporting innovation in materials

Developing common language

for design specifications, procurement guidelines and tendering criteria

Supporting materials

such as steel, cement and concrete to reduce their carbon intensity

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Collaboration, generosity and knowledge sharing are key: we need to measure, develop and share data across the industry and bring stakeholders on the journey with us. We need a mindset change across the industry and with our clients. Through partnerships like MECLA we can share knowledge and upskill across the whole value chain across the industry.
Kerryn Coker
co-Chair, Arup Australiasia

MECLA team

Kathy Verheyen
Lead - Innovation Projects Climate-KIC Australia

As senior project manager for the Materials and Embodied Carbon Leaders’ Alliance (MECLA), Kathy manages this national alliance to drive the reduction of embodied carbon in the building and construction industry. Kathy has worked across a range of projects involving large numbers of stakeholders, including the Climate Measurement Standards Initiative (CMSI), sustainable finance and the EU Green Deal. Before moving to Australia, Kathy worked for a senior lawmaker in Germany’s parliament and international development agencies in Europe and Asia.

Alexi Barnstone
Project Officer Materials and Embedded Carbon Leadership Alliance (MECLA)

As Project Officer for MECLA Alexi is involved in communications and membership management. He has a background working in various environmental NGOs, a passion for tackling climate change, and a first class honours from the University of Sydney in philosophy.

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MECLA has over 120 member organisations collaborating across 8 different working groups creating resources about embodied carbon. MECLA pools knowledge and expertise from across the supply chain to provide openly accessable documents for anyone in the construction sector and related industries to use to help reduce embodied carbon. You can access these resources via the MECLA website.

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