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30 Jun 2021 | Industry Insights

CSIC launch Draft Carbon Reduction Code

CSIC has launched the Draft Carbon Reduction Code for the Built Environment for use by clients, consultants, contractors and supply chain members across all sectors of the built environment.

The Code has been developed by the Achieving Net Zero Cross-Industry Working Group convened by the Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC). The Working Group, formed in 2018, set out to explore the challenging yet practical ways in which the infrastructure and wider construction industry can meet the UK’s goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

The Group currently consists of over 40 representatives from varying backgrounds such as consultants, contractors, industry groups and local and central government. Companies with representation in the Group include:

  • The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
  • Infrastructure and Projects Authority
  • Environment Agency
  • Highways England
  • HS2 Ltd
  • Skanska UK
  • National Association of Construction Frameworks

Collaboration is key to success therefore carbon reduction is more likely to succeed when all of the organisations in a value chain are committed to working together to reduce their footprint and save costs. Collaboration is key to success and the Working Group are confident that they can progress towards the net-zero carbon objective.

The Carbon Reduction Code for the Built Environment is the first step in facilitating action towards reducing carbon emissions (CO2eq) that relate to design, construction, maintenance and operation of built assets. It is not intended to replace standards like PAS 2080. The Code is being developed on behalf of the Construction Leadership Council (CLC).

Leading sustainability experts from the Environment Agency and HS2, through the Skanska-Costain-Strabag joint venture, are working with CSIC to help develop the Code and build wider engagement. The NACF, which represents local government construction and civils frameworks from across England and Wales, has already committed to conducting trials of the Code.

Following trials, the Carbon Reduction Code for the Built Environment will be formally launched in the autumn to coincide with the UK hosting the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference at COP26.

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Read the draft Code