Transitioning to Net Zero Infrastructure

Wednesday 24th November 2021

Theatre :  Energy & Carbon Management Strategy  Retrofitting 

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The Infrastructure Carbon Review was published in November 2013 with the call to action ‘cut carbon, save cost’. Height years on, and with the UK government committed to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050, progress have been good but not fast enough.

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.

David Riley Head of Carbon Neutrality Anglian WaterDavid Riley Head of Carbon Neutrality
Anglian Water
Maria Manidaki Mott MacDonaldMaria Manidaki Technical Principal Net Zero / Principal Water Investment Planning Advisor
Mott MacDonald

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