How the new PAS2080 standard is promoting low carbon construction

The London Seminar on 14 November on “Implementing PAS2080: Supply Chain Collaboration to reduce the Carbon Footprint and Cost of major Infrastructure Projects’ brought together leading experts and the supply chains of major infrastructure clients and contractors to discuss its development and potential.

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.

Below are the highlights and key takeaways

Dr Paul Toyne, Chair

“The progress of PAS2080 can be defined by the fact that we have gone through a learning stage.

“What is significant is there is a number of leading organisations that have grasped this, can see the benefit of it and have now gone through accreditation and they are PAS2080 certified.”

Terri Wills, CEO, World Green Building Council

“We at WGBC see standards such as PAS2080 as so important because they usually set a definition and a trajectory that sets the companies on a pathway to reducing emissions.”

Dr Paul Toyne, Chair

“…..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.

“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.”

Terri Wills, CEO, World Green Building Council

“Once the leading projects adopt it, it will filter down to the rest of the industry and the rest of the infrastructure. We see them as really important.”

Dr Paul Toyne, Chair

“In summary 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.”

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December 8, 2017