Carbon sequestration and storage potential of urban residential environment

Activity: Talk or presentation typesConference presentation


Sustainable urban residential environment research has been characterized by focus on density and GHG emissions. However, the environmental benefits arising from the residential land use form, such as carbon sink and local biodiversity enhancement potential have received less attention in the subject literature. The aim of this work was to focus on the carbon sequestration and storage (CSS) potential of urban residential environments and identify the main components and drivers involved. Furthermore, the secondary aim was to address the potential trade-offs and co-benefits associated with other aspects of sustainable cities. To achieve this, a comprehensive literature search and review was conducted. Two main components of the residential carbon pool, privately managed green spaces and buildings were identified. The associated key elements included the carbon sink of vegetation and soil in the case of privately managed green spaces and the embedded carbon storage of biogenic construction materials in the case of buildings. Underlying driving forces in the formation of residential CSS potential were identified as complex and intertwined, relating to the spatial, temporal, and socioeconomic trends at the regional, cityscape and neighbourhood scales. The presented work highlights the convoluted nature of urban carbon accounting and aims to craft a holistic understanding of residential carbon landscape as the continuum of underlying anthropogenic and natural processes.
Period19 May 2022
Event titleSustainability Science Days
Event typeConference
LocationEspoo, FinlandShow on map