PAS2080: “The UK’s new standard to reduce carbon in major infrastructure projects could become the world standard”

Speaking at the London Seminar on ‘Implementing PAS2080:  Supply Chain Collaboration to reduce the Carbon Footprint and Cost of major Infrastructure Projects’, Dr Paul Toyne, Chair, concluded that “the potential of PAS2080 is NOT for it to be just a UK public acceptable standard, but to be a global standard. Because the principles that you find in PAS2080 within carbon and infrastructure projects are consistent across the world. 

PAS2080 was launched in 2017 and issued by the UK Government’s Construction Leadership Council and the Green Construction Board. It is the world’s first specification aimed at managing whole-life carbon in infrastructure. The London Seminar brought together leading experts and the supply chains of major infrastructure clients and contractors to discuss its development and potential.

Commenting on progress with PAS2080 Dr Toyne, an independent adviser and expert in the sustainable built environment, pointed out that a number of leading organisations have grasped the importance of the new standard, can see the benefit of it and have now gone through accreditation so they are PAS2080 certified.


 “Secondly, which I think is very important, it is the driver of procurement,” he added. “Some organisations now think that it is good for us, but we would also like our supply chains to get to that accreditation, or at least to demonstrate how they are reporting back to the principles of PAS2080. And that driver alone shows the progress that PAS2080 has made,” Dr Toyne commented.

“We have to prove it delivers value and is worth doing. We are seeing that already, but the more case studies and more credibility it gains, we will get to a situation where it becomes business as usual, and once we get to that stage we can really drive the carbon out of infrastructure projects.

“We have got different organisations at different stages in their journey, but the positive thing is that everyone is moving on that journey now and it is only going to go one way, which is to reduce carbon and reduce cost.”

“The uptake from industry from today will be significant. There has been a clear signal that PAS2080 is the direction of travel around procurement strategies. So if you want to win business, you have got to be able to demonstrate how you are driving out carbon from your business. And how that can then benefit the client community so you are delivering value for money on these construction projects.”

The Seminar was supported by Volvo Group and endorsed by the Construction Climate Challenge and Green Construction Board

See SEMINAR CONCLUSIONS in video interview with Dr Toyne here.

See PAS2080 Seminar Highlights here


November 29, 2017