25.03.2021

The Carbon Reduction Code has been published!

NWCH are delighted to have worked with the Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC) and the NACF on the draft Carbon Reduction Code.

The Carbon Reduction Code has been developed by the Achieving Net Zero Cross-Industry Working Group convened by the Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC). The Working Group was formed in March 2020 to explore challenging yet practical ways to move the infrastructure and wider construction industry towards meeting the UK’s goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Currently the Working Group comprises over 40 representatives from a diverse range of consultants, contractors, industry groups and local and central government, including: Department for Business, Energy & Industrial StrategyInfrastructure and Projects AuthorityEnvironment AgencyHighways EnglandHS2 Ltd; Skanska UK; and the National Association of Construction Frameworks (NACF).

Carbon reduction is more likely to happen when all organisations within a value chain are committed to working together to reduce their footprint and save costs. Collaboration is the key to success, and with alignment across all parties, the Working Group is confident in progressing towards the net zero carbon objective. While a significant step in itself, the initiative must be delivered within and alongside the wider, coordinated system-of-systems needed to support a vibrant industry and sustainable economy.

The Carbon Reduction Code is a first step to facilitate action towards reducing carbon emissions (CO2eq) related to design, construction, maintenance and operation of built assets. It is not intended to replace standards such as PAS 2080. The Carbon Reduction Code is being developed on behalf of the Construction Leadership Council (CLC).

Leading sustainability experts from the Environment Agency and HS2, through the Skanska-Costain-Strabag joint venture, are working with CSIC to help explore and develop the code and to help build wider engagement. The NACF, which represents local government construction and civils frameworks from across England and Wales, has already committed to conducting trials of the CodeWorking in close collaboration with their members and regional suppliers, the NACF have converted strategy into action through the development of a carbon reduction key performance indicator which can be adopted by their frameworks and supply chains. Contractor partners from across the West Midlands and North West will initially trial the indicator over a 12-month period. Members of the Infrastructure Industry Innovation Partnership (i3P) are also engaged in the trial development. The experience and lessons learned from these trials will be used to further develop the Carbon Reduction Code and provide aligned guidance to enable successful implementation by clients and supply chain members nationwide. Following the trial, the Carbon Reduction Code will be formally launched in the autumn to coincide with the UK hosting the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference at COP26.

Read the Draft Carbon Reduction Code Issue 1.0

Organisations interested in participating in the trial of the Carbon Reduction Code should contact CSIC at CSIC-admin@cam.ac.uk.

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