Sponsored by the Green Construction Board's Infrastructure Working Group, PAS 2080 aims to bring a joined up approach to the way industry evaluates and manages whole life carbon emissions, as well as delivers reduced carbon and cost solutions.
The HM Treasury Infrastructure Carbon Review of 2013 identified a link between carbon reduction and cost reduction in infrastructure delivery. One of the review's specific recommendations was to create a new publically available specification (PAS) to overcome disconnects in the value chain and embed effective whole life carbon management approaches. Publication of PAS 2080 provides a common process to encourage the right behaviours and approaches from clients, constructors, designers and product suppliers to deliver reduced carbon and cost infrastructure.
The launch event included a recorded lecture available for viewing on the ICE website.
This lecture explains the context of carbon management in infrastructure and highlights the potential for PAS 2080 as an industry game changer. It discusses the challenges of adopting the standard, including the need to overcome attitudes to innovation, the need to adhere to technical norms and how to embed new and novel solutions from a technical perspective. The presentations include specific focus on challenges around production and supply of concrete – one of the most substantial CO2 emitters.
There is also a blog article explaining the launch of PAS 2080, what it means to industry and the importance of leadership in driving this change can be found on the ICE website.