Skanska has slashed its carbon use across the business in a bid to become the UK’s first contractor to gain the new PAS 2080 carbon industry standard.
The standard was developed by BSI (British Standards Institution) and launched two years ago to try to mitigate climate change through carbon reduction. It is seen as the world’s first carbon management tool across the design process for infrastructure. The approach differs from other methods as it looks at carbon reduction opportunities across the whole life of the asset rather than just during the construction phase.
Skanska said to gain accreditation it had been reviewing and improving its processes across the preconstruction and project delivery phases, particularly focusing on estimating, design and carbon measurement.
PAS (Publicly Available Specification) 2080 approach incorporates carbon reduction opportunities across the whole-life of an asset, rather than just during the construction phase. Skanska has been reviewing and improving its processes across the preconstruction and project delivery phases, particularly focussing on estimating, design and carbon measurement.
Skanska has already made significant carbon reductions on many projects, including the development of its own facility at Bentley Works in Doncaster, which won the NCE’s ‘Low Carbon Leaders’ award in 2016.
James Richardson, Managing Director at Skanska said: “By managing carbon effectively we can improve our performance and address one of the biggest global environment challenges that society faces. Conforming to PAS 2080 demonstrates our commitment to improving infrastructure for society.”
Skanska UK’s Director of Environment, Adam Crossley said: “We’re proud to have supported the development and implementation of PAS 2080 and we’re now working towards having our compliance independently assessed by BSI. Our aim is to play a part in reducing carbon across all the assets we build, operate and maintain.
“PAS 2080 provides a common framework and guidance for the whole value chain. It is essential for clients, designers, contractors and suppliers to work together if we are going to drive to drive a low carbon future.”