12 July 2017 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal
The UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) has published a report entitled Delivering Low Carbon Infrastructure, which recommends the establishment of a whole-life carbon target for the infrastructure industry.
The researchers carried out detailed client interviews and desktop research and some of the main findings are:
- There is no specific target for the infrastructure industry that organisations and projects can work towards.
- There is little similarity in ambition, duration, and scope of the targets being set in the infrastructure industry.
- There is no single method used by all the surveyed clients to set their carbon targets.
- Regulators play a role in addressing carbon, however, they are not explicit in setting targets for carbon reductions and driving performance.
Based on the findings, UK-GBC is recommending the establishment of a whole-life carbon target for the infrastructure industry based on climate science and from which organisations can derive commensurate targets.
The monitoring of such a target, and the reporting of progress against it, will be crucial, says the green building campaign group.
Julie Hirigoyen, chief executive at UK-GBC, said: "There is a great deal of support for setting a carbon target, based on climate science, for this part of the built environment, and I hope this report provides the catalyst for achieving this."
The report was supported by consultancy and support service firms Atkins, CEEQUAL, Ferrovial Agroman, Osborne, Skanska and Responsible Solutions, and has been endorsed by ICE Infrastructure Client Group.
Tideway CEO Andy Mitchell CBE, chairs the group.
Mitchell, chair of the ICE Infrastructure Client Group, said: "Carbon is a key concern in infrastructure. Clients across all infrastructure sectors are taking action to reduce emissions, but we must ensure our actions go far enough to tackle the challenge that lies ahead.
"It is clear that the setting of an industry-wide carbon target for infrastructure, as recommended in this report, is essential. This will ensure we have a clear trajectory to a low-carbon future, in line with climate science."