Low carbon infrastructure – progress and a PAS

This week (4th May) the Construction Leadership Council’s Green Construction Board (GCB) launched a new standard aimed at encouraging organisations involved in infrastructure projects to adopt a consistent approach to the management of carbon.

PAS 2080 sets out the requirements for the infrastructure value chain and comes complete with a ‘user guide’ worked examples developed by practitioners.

The new ‘Publicly Available Specification’ was launched at an event to promote the GCB’s Infrastructure Carbon Review and its Two Years On report. The report is summarised in this graphic and shows that 150+ commitments have been acted on, with 18 exemplar projects delivering 300,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent and £140 million savings.

It estimates the potential economic benefit through reducing capital carbon is £1.5 billion.

At the conference, Nick Boles, Minister of State for Skills and Co-Chair of the Construction Leadership Council, Nick Boles said:

“Today I’ve heard about the great strides being made by businesses in driving forward the pledges from the Infrastructure Carbon Review. Business has cottoned on to how saving carbon, saves costs. The launch of the infrastructure standard provides a tool to enable industry to take the next step and I encourage them to do just that.”

Co-Chair of the Construction Leadership Council and CEO of Crossrail, Andrew Wolstenholme said: “I’m really pleased to see the action being taken by the Construction Leadership Council’s Green Construction Board to further tackle carbon emissions from the sector. Industry is increasingly showing willingness to act and the launch of the PAS provides a framework which all organisations can adopt.”

Mike Putnam, Chair of the GCB and President & CEO of Skanksa UK said:
“This conference and the PAS demonstrate how industry is willing to show clear leadership to tackle climate change. I want to warmly thank the many industry participants involved in the development of the PAS.”

More on the Green Construction Board here.

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