London Heathrow Airport, construction group Skanska and energy company National Grid are among the businesses that have signed on to a joint industry and UK government initiative that aims to reduce carbon in infrastructure, which the government says could save as much as 24 million metric tons of carbon and £1.46 billion ($2.36 billion) a year by 2050.
The Infrastructure Carbon Review lays out a series of actions for government and suppliers to take, including using new technologies, construction techniques and low-carbon materials, to reduce carbon emissions. Currently infrastructure and related areas like energy account for around half of all UK carbon emissions. Cutting the volume of materials consumed in, for example, construction and using existing resources more efficiently will reduce cost as well as carbon.
By endorsing the review, the UK government and industry pledge to work together to implement, monitor and review progress. The Green Construction Board will host an event in Spring 2014 at which clients and industry can report progress they have made.
The following organizations signed the endorsement: Highways Agency, Heathrow Airport, EDF (New Nuclear), National Grid, Anglian Water, Defence Infrastructure Organisation, Skanska, The Clancy Group, Galliford Try, Laing O’Rourke, JN Bentley, Balfour Beatty, Carillion, Bam Nuttall, Murphy Group, Arup, Atkins, Mott Macdonald, ICE and the UK Green Building Council.
The Infrastructure Carbon Review comes a week after LEED v4 launched at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Philadelphia. The US Green Building Council says the newest version of its green building program ramps up global adoption of sustainable building and development practices. Already, 122 beta projects from around the world are using LEED v4.