Infrastructure

17 August 2018

How resource efficiency in key materials can help cut CO2 emissions

A new report explores a broad range of opportunities for reducing the impact of the four largest materials in terms of emissions (steel, plastics, aluminium, and cement) and two large use segments for these materials (passenger cars and buildings). It finds that a more circular economy could make deep cuts to emissions from EU heavy […]

25 July 2018

Infrastructure: Heathrow airport expansion to pioneer offsite pre-assembly of components

Heathrow will be the first major infrastructure project in the UK to pioneer the large-scale use of Logistics Hubs – aiming to build as much of the project offsite as possible. The hubs will work by pre-assembling components offsite before transporting them in consolidated loads to Heathrow just as they are needed. This method will […]

6 July 2018

UK launches Construction Sector Deal to cut building energy use and emissions

The UK Government has launched a £420m construction sector deal, which provides a framework for the built environment sector to halve the energy use of new buildings by 2030. The dealwill see £170m of Government funding invested in innovations which seek to enhance resource efficiency, improve energy efficiency and cut greenhouse gas emissions across the […]

26 June 2018

Skanska has obtained PAS2080 Verification to reduce the carbon footprint with greener solutions

Skanska has become the first UK firm to gain a new eco certification administered by BSI that recognises its carbon management processes. The PAS 2080: 2016 carbon management in infrastructure scheme aims to help infrastructure organisations reduce the volume of carbon used throughout their projects. Hear how Skanska partnered with BSI to obtain PAS 2080 […]

6 June 2018

“The buildings sector is a laggard in climate action,” says WRI

By 2050, the global floor area in buildings is expected to double to more than 415 billion square meters, and buildings’ energy demand may increase by as much as 50 percent. As assets with useful lives average 50-100 years, buildings lock in decisions today like few others, especially in high-growth regions like India, China and […]

15 May 2018

Zero-carbon aluminium smelting process developed by Alcoa

Mining firms Alcoa Corporation and Rio Tinto Aluminium have created a partnership involing Apple to accelerate commercialisation of new technology that eliminates all greenhouse gas emissions from the smelting process of aluminium. Alcoa had designed a completely new process that replaces that carbon with an advanced conductive material, and instead of carbon dioxide, it releases […]

3 May 2018

10 steps to reduce embodied carbon in construction lifecycle

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has published guidelines for architects and designers to reduce embodied carbon in the construction lifecycle: Reuse buildings instead of constructing new ones. Renovation and reuse projects typically save between 50 and 75 percent of the embodied carbon emissions compared to constructing a new building. This is especially true if the […]

24 April 2018

New study looks at embodied carbon in construction

It has been estimated that approximately 20% of GHG emissions are embodied in the construction sector. Embodied carbon emissions in construction – commonly referred to as ‘Embodied carbon’ refers to the GHG emissions associated with the manufacturing, maintenance, and decommissioning of a structure. A new report reviews seven leading examples of countries that have implemented […]

18 April 2018

WGBC: “We need to manage suppliers and understand embodied carbon across the construction supply chain”

Managing suppliers and understanding the embodied carbon is necessary across the construction supply chain – so that everybody is coordinated could make a big difference – and it’s not happening enough,” says Teri Wills, CEO of the World Green Building Council (WGBC). “The current diffused responsibility makes green building that much more difficult, but this […]

11 April 2018

Skanska:“emissions goals cannot be achieved without tracking embodied carbon”

While it is recognisd that buildings generate more than 170 million tons of construction waste annually; they account for almost 14 percent of all potable water use; and are responsible for almost 40 percent of carbon dioxide emissions, there is a metric missing from our daily conversations: embodied carbon, says Stacy Smedley* of Skanska USA. […]

27 March 2018

Skanska aims to be first for the new PAS2080 carbon standard

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 […]

13 February 2018

First BREEAM Infrastructure Certificate awarded to HS2

The HS2 high speed rail project has become the UK’s first infrastructure project to be awarded a BREEAM Infrastructure (pilot) scheme certificate for its ambitious sustainability strategy on Phase 1 of the project. High Speed 2 (HS2) is a planned high-speed railway in the United Kingdom which is aimed to be the new backbone of the national rail […]

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