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New standard launched for infrastructure industry

A new specification, PAS 2080, has been launched by the British Standards Institution to provide a common framework for the whole infrastructure industry to manage the carbon impacts of projects.

A new specification, PAS 2080, has been launched by the British Standards Institution (BSI) to provide a common framework for the whole infrastructure industry to manage the carbon impacts of projects.

PAS 2080 ‘Carbon Management in Infrastructure’ will be of use to all stakeholders responsible for delivering and managing infrastructure assets, including owners and managers, designers, construction firms, and product and material suppliers.

The transport, energy, water, waste and communications sectors in particular can benefit both in the provision of new infrastructure assets and programmes of work and the refurbishment of existing infrastructure. 

Collaborative approach

Development began following the government’s Infrastructure Carbon Review in 2013, which recognised the opportunity for the infrastructure community to cooperate in the development of low carbon infrastructure projects.

The final result was a collaborative effort between several industry leaders and infrastructure bodies, such as Balfour Beatty, Skanska, BRE and National Grid.

By working collaboratively towards a common goal to reduce carbon, the framework helps companies to set appropriate carbon reduction targets, establish metrics, promote innovation and effective management, and deliver more sustainable solutions at lower cost. 

Supply chain integration

Anthony Burd, head of sector, built environment at BSI, said: “PAS 2080 provides a common framework for all infrastructure sectors on how to manage whole life carbon when delivering infrastructure assets and programmes of work. 

“This is not just a concern for a few practitioners within an organisation but the leadership also, as they are integral to establishing the governance systems for reducing whole life carbon through the use of a carbon management process. 

“PAS 2080 can guide them through the journey where the results of reduced carbon, reduced costs and more innovative and collaborative ways of working can be achieved.”

The standard was welcomed by the industry, including Adrian Johnson, technical director of engineering technology firm, MWH Global. 

“Until PAS 2080 we didn’t have a consistent way of setting up management processes, measurements and innovations to deliver carbon reduction that all organisations in the supply chain can get together in an integrated way and deliver.

“This will make it much easier for the whole supply chain to know what it needs to do and how to get there.”