PAS2080 is the newly revised global standard for managing infrastructure carbon which will be a key enabling tool for carbon reduction. This standard outlines collaboration, quantifying and reducing the whole life of carbon and understanding the impact across the whole lifecycle from procurement through delivery to end of life. Our director, Matt Colton, will be presenting a paper at Engineers Australia later this year (2023).
This Low Carbon Concrete Routemap is an urgent part of the overall strategy to reduce carbon emissions. Concrete is the most ubiquitous of construction materials. In the UK it accounts for approximately 1.2% of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, although globally the cement production GHG emissions associated with concrete utilisation could be as high as 4.0%-5.0%. This Routemap can be considered not just as a comprehensive guide to reducing the carbon emissions associated with the construction industry, but also as a unique document in itself – never before have we been able to assemble such a wide range of independent experts working together to tackle this, each of whom has volunteered their time willingly. They represent a full cross-section of the value chain involved in specifying, designing, constructing and supplying materials for buildings and infrastructure. The Routemap sets out recommendations and actions to drive out carbon from concrete. It has been published jointly by the Green Construction Board and the Institution of Civil Engineers to ensure ongoing ownership, commitment and drive.