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Carbon Reduction Code for the Built Environment - for use by clients, consultants, contractors and supply chain members across all sectors of the built environment 

This draft Carbon Reduction Code for the Built Environment was developed by the Achieving Net Zero Cross-Industry Working Group convened by CSIC. It 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 PAS 2080 (or equivalent standards), which provides a common framework for all infrastructure sectors and value chain members on how to manage whole life carbon when delivering infrastructure assets and programmes of work.  

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.

This will need to be delivered within and alongside the wider, coordinated system-of-systems needed to support a vibrant industry and sustainable economy.

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 National Association of Construction Frameworks (NACF), which represents local government construction and civils frameworks from across England and Wales, has already committed to conducting trials of the Code. Members of i3P are also engaged in the trial development.
The Carbon Reduction Code for the Built Environment is being developed on behalf of the Construction Leadership Council (CLC).

Register here for the Carbon Reduction Code for the Built Environment online launch event on 17 June from 1.00-2.00pm. 

Watch CSIC Director Dr Jennifer Schooling introduce the Code below

If you have any questions or would like any more information about the Code or the Achieving Net Zero Working Group, please contact
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March 2021