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The Implementation of Low carbon Infrastructure

Low carbon infrastructure relates to the way programmes of work are being planned and operated. Enablers include:

  • Innovation (low carbon solutions)
  • Metrics & governance (targets, carbon quantification, roles and responsibilities),
  • Procurement and collaboration (delivery models incentivising whole life thinking and collaboration

This presentation will cover how these enablers can help asset owners deliver and manage their assets more efficiently looking at whole life. Capital carbon reduction solutions such as use of alternative materials, construction practices, efficient use of existing assets have a role to play as well as digital and optimisation solutions for operational carbon reductions. Maria will discuss the UK management standard PAS2080: Carbon Management in Infrastructure which was published in 2016, the first of its kind in the world. And how this approach provides a standard framework for all infrastructure asset owners and their supply chains, on managing whole life carbon emissions. She will present how it can be integrated into existing asset management systems to maximise the benefits of low carbon and low cost solutions.

About the presenter – Maria Manidaki

Maria Manidaki is the Water infrastructure sustainability leader and an infrastructure investment Planning advisor with Mott MacDonald in the UK. She is a Chartered Engineer with 15 years of post-graduate experience in investment planning, design, and project management in the water industry with specialisation in carbon management, including energy efficiency and small scale renewable energy technologies. Maria is a leading technical advisor on infrastructure carbon management to many large Water Utilities and other asset owners around the globe. She was project leader for the UK government Infrastructure Carbon Review and co-author of PAS2080.

Background

Carbon emissions (or greenhouse gas emissions) can be a good proxy for resource efficiency. Evidence suggests that reducing carbon emissions in infrastructure delivery also reduces costs, promotes collaboration across the supply chain and unlocks innovation. Leading infrastructure owners in different parts of the world are realising that reducing carbon is not just about building new assets in a more intelligent way, it’s also about demanding better performance from their existing asset base. The urgency in tackling Climate Change has now moved on and more Governments (regional and national) have declared climate emergencies and have set ambitious net zero carbon targets.

The carbon and cost reduction relationship in economic infrastructure was first evidenced in the UK Infrastructure Carbon Review ( ICR - published by the UK Government in 2013) It was a milestone report providing evidence that reducing carbon emissions in infrastructure delivery also reduces costs and drives innovation. The report also stated that the UK economy would benefit by £1.5bn if everyone involved in the infrastructure industry could achieve the same levels of carbon efficiency as the industry leaders.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/infrastructure-carbon-review, http://cic.org.uk/download.php?f=infrastructure-carbon-review-technical-report-25-11-13.pdf

During the authoring of the ICR senior leaders from over 200 organisations were interviewed covering the entire infrastructure value chain: Government, Asset Owners/Managers, Investors, Designers, Contractors, Product/Material suppliers, Users. Since the publication of the Infrastructure Carbon Review, the different players in the UK infrastructure value chain such as asset owners (Energy, Water, Transport, Waste, Communications), designers, constructors and product/material suppliers have been promoting low carbon solutions in infrastructure projects and programmes of work and have created a powerful network to promote the sharing of good practice.

This ICR work led to the development of PAS2080, a standard that provides a common framework for all infrastructure asset owners and their supply chains, on managing whole life carbon emissions.

http://greenbuildingencyclopaedia.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Guidance-Document-for-PAS2080_vFinal.pdf

There is now an expanding network across the UK and the globe of infrastructure providers using the guidance and principals from both PAS2080 and the ICR to reduce whole of life carbon and realise cost saving benefits for their communities.