To inform its approach, the Green Construction Board draws extensively on the 2050 Low Carbon Construction Routemap. As well as providing a visual tool to help stakeholders understand the policies, action and key decision points to achieve reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, the routemap drew the following conclusions:
- Meeting the (2050) 80% carbon reduction target is challenging, but technically possible
- There are strong opportunities to drive carbon reduction and promote ownership of carbon in specific sectors
- There are key issues that need to be monitored and addressed across the building sector to enable carbon reduction to be realised
- Capital carbon must start to be addressed in tandem with operational carbon
- The drive to 80% carbon reduction represents an economic opportunity
In 2015, the Green Construction Board commissioned a progress report on the Low Carbon Routemap for the Built Environment. The report, produced by Arup, demonstrates the progress up to 2012 (latest date for which some figures are available for) in meeting the Construction 2025 ambition of reducing emissions by 50% by 2025.
Infrastructure Carbon Review:
Infrastructure Carbon Review (ICR) Initiative. Currently infrastructure and related areas like energy, account for around half of all UK carbon emissions. The Review demonstrated by saving valuable resources by using new technologies, construction techniques and a low carbon approach, as much as 24 million tonnes of carbon could be cut and £1.46 billion a year saved by 2050.
The Review developed jointly by government and industry through the Infrastructure Cost Review and Green Construction Board sets out a series of actions to reduce carbon from the construction and operation of the UK’s infrastructure assets by 2050. By endorsing the review, industry are working together to implement, monitor and review progress against these objectives.
IT and automation are expanding the potential of infrastructure across the world. Solutions for sustainable power distribution, efficient traffic systems and efficient, intelligent buildings are becoming more flexible and adaptable to new conditions