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Advancing Sustainability: Whole-Life Carbon Calculation in Infrastructure Projects

In a concerted effort to combat climate change and promote sustainable practices, the infrastructure industry is witnessing significant developments in whole-life carbon calculation. Here are some of the latest industry updates.

Meaningful Measurement for Whole-Life Carbon:

  • Civil engineers, as stewards of our built environment, recognize their responsibility to minimize the harmful impact of infrastructure on our climate.

  • A recent report by the Institution of Civil Engineers introduces a consistent methodology for measuring, sharing, and benchmarking carbon impacts throughout the infrastructure lifecycle1.

  • This approach covers capital, operational, and user greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, allowing better management of carbon within the control and influence of infrastructure projects.

PAS 2080: Carbon Management in Infrastructure:

  • The UK has embraced the PAS 2080 specification, which sets a standard approach for assessing whole-life carbon across the project life cycle.

  • This framework emphasizes benchmarking and early-stage advice, crucial for informed decision-making and cost management2.

  • Environment Agency’s Carbon and Cost Tool:

  • AECOM, a global infrastructure consultancy, collaborated with the Environment Agency to develop a cutting-edge carbon and cost tool.

  • This tool will be implemented across all Environment Agency construction projects, aligning with their ambitious goal of achieving net zero emissions by 20303.

Global Edition of RICS Whole Life Carbon Assessment Standard:

  • The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has launched a global edition of its groundbreaking standard.

  • This edition provides a deeper understanding of the carbon costs and benefits of design choices in both construction and infrastructure projects worldwide.

As the industry strives for sustainability, these advancements empower stakeholders to make informed decisions, reduce carbon footprints, and build a greener future.


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