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What is PAS 2080 (2022 version)?

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23 June 2022

The standard for managing carbon in the built environment is being revised this year.

What is PAS 2080 (2022 version)?
The scope of PAS 2080, the standard for managing carbon, is expected to expand to include the whole built environment. Image credit: Pexels/Francesco Ungaro

What is PAS 2080 (2022 version)?

PAS 2080 is a standard for managing carbon in building and infrastructure.  

It looks at the whole value chain and aims to reduce carbon and cost through intelligent design, construction and use. 

It’s a key reference document in the UK government’s Construction Playbook that’s increasingly becoming the go-to specification for carbon management in the built environment.  

During the first half of 2022, a technical author team carried out a thorough update of the standard.

The amended document will be published later in 2022, following public consultation this summer. 

Who developed the original PAS 2080?

BSI (British Standards Institution) facilitated the development of PAS 2080 – Carbon management in infrastructure in 2016.  

Why is PAS 2080 under consultation?

Through The Carbon Project, the ICE identified areas for improvement in the standard.

A steering group, a group of experts representing stakeholders who’ll be affected by the standard, have prepared the draft that's currently undergoing public consultation.  

What revisions are proposed under the consultation?

The changes that have been suggested under the consultation include:

  • Expanding scope to include the whole built environment (buildings and infrastructure).
  • Clarifying the role of everyone in the value chain when it comes to controlling and influencing emissions. This would be in the context of a move to net zero carbon and systems-level change.
  • Increasing the emphasis on a whole life carbon approach. This involves addressing the urgent need to decarbonise systems, networks and assets.
  • Consideration of other demands, such as climate resilience, while reducing emissions.
  • Emphasising the importance of leadership and collaboration across the value chain.

What’s the deadline for the consultation?

Until 11 July 2022, interested parties have been invited to download, review and comment on the revised draft of the consultation.

Only comments submitted electronically through the online Standards Development Portal by the deadline will be accepted.

When will the 2022 version of PAS 2080 be published?

Towards the end of 2022.

Once the 2022 version is published, the ICE will work with a technical author team to produce an updated guidance document that will be freely available on the ICE website.

The ICE website will also link through to the PAS itself, which will also be freely available.


Related resources

Low carbon game changer (published 2016)

At the 2016 launch of PAS 2080, Mark Enzer, lead author of the Infrastructure Carbon Review, wrote about the then-new standard and how it could be used to help reduce carbon in infrastructure.

Read the blog

power station
PAS 2080 was the world’s first standard on carbon management in infrastructure.

What does PAS 2080 mean for our industry? (Published 2016)

In this lecture, speakers discussed the challenges of adopting the PAS 2080 standard and how to embed new solutions.

The presentations focused on challenges around production and supply of concrete - one of the most substantial CO2 emitters in infrastructure.

Watch the lecture

concrete pour
Concrete is one of the biggest sources of CO2 in infrastructure. Image credit: Shutterstock

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PAS 2080: carbon management in infrastructure course

This one-day training course, tutored by award-winning industry leaders, provides practical guidance on applying PAS 2080 to infrastructure projects, with the combined aims of reducing carbon, reducing cost and adding value.

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PAS 2080: carbon management in infrastructure course

This one-day training course, tutored by award-winning industry leaders, provides practical guidance on applying PAS 2080 to infrastructure projects, with the combined aims of reducing carbon, reducing cost and adding value.

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  • Anh Nguyen, content strategy manager at ICE