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Be prepared to do something small, rather than nothing at all, says Dr Mike Cook.
The ultimate implications of the UK government’s carbon net zero 2050 commitment are that:
Is there any area in which engineers would advise their clients to incur cost, breach public safety and escalate risk?
As I’ve said before, engineers should be prepared to do something small, rather than nothing at all.
For every project, even one that is well advanced, estimate the carbon emissions associated with the build (capital carbon – materials + process), operation, usage and end of life. Do this as accurately and transparently as you can, given the information available. Use PAS 2080 guidance to help you.
Even if it's too late to make changes to the design or process, the baseline will enable you to measure the project’s actual against predicted carbon impact at a later date, all necessary information for the UK’s drive towards net zero.
If you can’t find robust information for some areas of your estimate, at the very least make it clear what you based your calculations on and how reliable you consider your data to be. The Inventory for Carbon and Energy, aka the ICE database, provided by Circular Ecology, is a free source of information about materials’ embodied carbon, and is a good place to start.
When you have calculated the project’s carbon baseline, consider whether options remain for reducing emissions associated with any stage of the asset’s lifecycle. It's extremely unlikely that absolutely nothing can be done.
Depending on what stage the project has reached, consider how you might reduce the carbon impact of the asset by:
Carbon awareness is no longer an optional extra. As a minimum, all ICE members should have read and understood these core documents:
It’s a fast-changing field and staying on top of developments can feel bewildering. For the time-strapped engineer, we suggest keeping up with the following:
Lastly, schedule in some time to learn about the wider context:
High-quality carbon data from across the infrastructure industry is needed now and engineers are well positioned to provide it. By calculating your project’s carbon baseline, you’ll have first-hand experience of how little data is currently available. It is everyone’s responsibility to help change this.
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