Driving Down Capital Carbon / Embodied Carbon
Theatre : Energy & Carbon Management Strategy
Carbon is a good proxy for resource efficiency. Extraction and processing of resources and their subsequent use in construction consumes significant energy, which is currently strongly related to carbon. Cutting the volume of materials consumed and using resources more efficiently will reduce cost as well as carbon.
Furthermore, the relative significance of capital carbon will increase as the grid is decarbonised and operational emissions reduce. At the same time, the substantial planned increase in infrastructure investment will tend to increase capital carbon emissions in spite of future construction efficiencies, therefore even greater action is required by the sector to drive down capital carbon.
Water is the only sector to date that has generated programme-level data on carbon and cost reductions. Anglian Water has been demonstrating the link between carbon and cost for eight years and is a leader in that regard.
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