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Guidance Document for PAS 2080


What exactly is PAS 2080 verification?

Following the Infrastructure Carbon Review in 2013, it was shown that infrastructure is responsible for more than half of the UK’s carbon emissions; hence, PAS 2080 was created to explicitly address carbon management in infrastructure.

It considers the whole life cycle of the carbon used on projects and encourages low-carbon, low-cost infrastructure delivery.

“PAS 2080 has the power to transform the benefits that the UK gains from its infrastructure assets. If all parties involved across the value chain work collaboratively and towards a common goal to reduce carbon, the following outcomes can be achieved: 

  • A reduction in the costs of delivering and maintaining our infrastructure – driving more efficient ways of working and helping us to have an even greater impact on society and the communities that we serve. 
  • Effective carbon management – an important contribution to tackling climate change and leaving a positive legacy for future generations. 
  • Delivering more sustainable solutions at lower cost – enhancing the reputation of the industry, generating pride for those who work in it and attracting new people and skills to strengthen our capabilities. 
  • A platform for innovation to thrive – leading to more vibrant and rewarding workplaces.

The Infrastructure Carbon Review recognized the opportunity. PAS 2080 helps us all turn this into reality.”

Thomas Faulkner, Executive Vice President, Skanska UK,
Green Construction Board and Infrastructure Working Group

The UK’s Green Construction Board (GCB) and Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) formed a team from Mott MacDonald and Arup to write a new Publicly Available Specification (PAS) to show how carbon in infrastructure can be managed more rationally and strategically.

This Guidance Document has been developed by the same technical authorship team as for PAS 2080, namely Maria Manidaki, Priyesh Depala and Terry Ellis from Mott MacDonald, and Kristian Steele and Daniel Roe from Arup. Peer review support was provided by The Carbon Trust

Source: The Guidance document for PAS2080 can be found here.

It was complied by the Construction Leadership Council 



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