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A group of experts from across the construction industry has proposed a standardised carbon rating system that would make it easier for clients and designers to choose low-carbon options. This is just one of many recommendations set out in the Low Carbon Concrete Routemap which is published today.
The report is the result of a collaboration between the Green Construction Board and the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE). It brings together experts from across the industry including the Concrete Centre, Mott MacDonald, CEMEX and many others.
As well as making recommendations, the report sets out three decarbonisation routes to 2050 based on what action the industry takes and how fast carbon sequestration in concrete advances. Even under the most modest route, emissions are expected to fall from 10 million tonnes CO2e in 2022 to 5 million tonnes in 2035. Under the most optimistic scenario, the concrete industry could become a carbon sink – absorbing more greenhouse gases than it emits – in the 2040s.
Download the Low Carbon Concrete Routemap here.
Download the accompanying press release here.