CITT project publishes white paper and invites collaboration

Created: March 8, 2018. Updated: March 12, 2018.

The Carbon Infrastructure Transformation Tool (CITT) project seeks to develop an open access software tool for calculating and managing embodied carbon emissions for infrastructure construction projects. This week, the project published a White Paper, which presents the tool’s key features, the progress of the project so far, and invites potential users to trial the software.

See the White Paper here. 

Whilst there are a number of carbon management tools available to the industry, none integrate with contractors’ costing and planning processes, and so assessments are either too high level for any reliable insight, or lead to increased labor costs for data input. The open access CITT solution works seamlessly in the background, meaning no additional time is taken to identify “hot-spots” of a project, delivering a step change in carbon management on infrastructure projects.

“In order to ensure the full potential of the CITT project and enhance the understanding of key barriers to the adoption of the CITT, we have been engaging various stakeholders from across the sector to develop an understanding of where key challenges lie and how these can be overcome in the future,” says Dr. Noemi Arena, Sustainable Engineering Manager at Costain Group and Industrial Project Coordinator for the CITT project.

The new white paper highlights the results of this research through the articulation of key barriers as well as potential solutions to overcome them. To be able to improve the tool even further, the CITT project invites more potential users to trial it.

“Understanding where the key challenges lie and how these can be overcome in the future will enable us to ensure that the tool is serving as it should,” says Dr. Noemi Arena.


For more in depth reading on the barriers and solutions of the CITT, please see the White Paper here.

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About the CITT project
The CITT project is funded by the Construction Climate Challenge (CCC), hosted by Volvo Construction Equipment, and will run for three years. The final tool will pinpoint opportunities to reduce carbon through innovation and supply chain engagement. The project has a close collaboration between academia and the infrastructure construction industry. The next step is to invite more infrastructure projects to try the tool and participate in its development. A final open access version of the tool will be released in September 2019.The research is jointly performed by the University of Edinburg Business School, Costain Group and Skanska UK.

CCC and research
The Construction Climate Challenge (CCC) is an initiative hosted by Volvo Construction Equipment to promote sustainability throughout the entire construction industry value chain and provide funding for environmental research. Through supporting and initiating research projects in relevant areas of construction, CCC acts as a bridge between the industry and sustainability research. During spring 2016 CCC launched a new call for major research projects. Two proposals were selected to receive funding.