Matrak partners with MECLA

Aleczander Gamboa

Matrak partners with MECLA

We’ve got some exciting news to share — Matrak is now an official sponsor and financial partner for the Materials and Embodied Carbon Leaders’ Alliance (MECLA). And here’s exactly what it means.

Who is MECLA?

MECLA is an Australian organisation on a mission to reduce embodied carbon in the building and construction industry. In other words, they are determined to transform the building and construction sector to reach Net-Zero emissions. 

With a growing demand for lower and zero-carbon materials worldwide, as well as more environmentally friendly operations in construction, MECLA hopes to move Australia towards a zero-carbon economy.

Why did Matrak partner with MECLA?

Since day dot, Matrak’s goal has always been to revolutionise the construction industry with materials tracking and end-to-end supply chain visibility. That said, our passionate team also share a collective mission for championing sustainable practices in the construction industry. 

The data in our Matrak network is incredibly valuable as it gives us in-depth insights into how construction businesses are operating, what materials they are using and how these materials are moving from one stage to another across a supply chain.

But let’s examine this from a wider lens to provide more context.

One of the biggest impacts of carbon emissions in construction is during the production of raw materials and transportation. Globally, the entire process and operations in the construction industry contribute to 33% of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and 40% of global energy consumption, when totalling usage of the equipment, transportation, and manufacturing of building materials.

According to a report by the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, up to 10% of greenhouse gas emissions in Australia are from embodied carbon. And 28% of all global emissions come from the building and construction sector.

Secondly, waste is also a big issue in the construction industry. With Matrak, the ability to track and measure material usage, as well as provide supply chain visibility, gives customers the data to support their own sustainability efforts. 

Through data insights, they can reduce the need to re-order materials if some go missing, learn how much material doesn’t get used, what’s being wasted and more. 

Therefore, partnering with MECLA is a natural next step in our mission to help construction companies be more sustainable in their operations. Matrak is collaborating with them because we believe the data will assist their initiatives of moving Australia towards becoming a zero-carbon economy. 

Connecting construction and building a better industry for all is our biggest mission at Matrak. This partnership is exemplary of that value, doing so through the power of collaboration — all while helping Mother Earth too.

Here’s what our co-founder and CEO, Shane Hodgkins, had to say about this exciting partnership:

“Last year, Australia ranked last out of 193 countries for action on carbon reduction. For an advanced and innovative economy, this defies common sense. 

Matrak’s network of builders, suppliers and manufacturers already represent the leading edge of construction – revolutionising supply chains to make them fit for the 21st century. It’s no surprise that we’ve had so much support from our network to increase the sustainability of those supply chains, and reduce construction’s carbon footprint. The whole team is thrilled to be part of MECLA, and we’re excited to share more about what we’re doing over the coming months.“

How is Matrak collaborating with MECLA, and what data will you be providing?

As previously mentioned, Matrak is an official sponsor and financial partner with MECLA. This means we will be assisting them on their initiatives to drive reductions in embodied carbon in the construction industry. 

In the interests of transparency, we will be supplying MECLA with insightful data on aluminium facades. Despite being a widely used material in builds, of the three primary materials that contribute to nearly 70% of a building’s embodied carbon, aluminium is the most emissions-intensive per tonne by far.

The data we will share is anonymised and aggregated on global product movements and lifecycles.

Learn about MECLA

Curious to join the movement, or learn more about zero-carbon economies? Check out the MECLA website. 

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