Carbon Action 2050
Your Action Plan
The CIOB and its members have developed this action plan to reduce carbon emissions in the built environment, by making an immediate difference on the ground now.
Carbon Action 2050 Action Plan
Although construction processes represent a minor portion of the whole lifecycle of a building's carbon emissions, they are still responsible for the production of staggering quantities of carbon and command radical action to reduce them.
If designers are to continue to have relevance to our industry, there requires an open understanding that designs which cut carbon emissions and increase energy and resource efficiency will be an utmost priority.
Data collection is the central plank to leadership; what you cannot measure you cannot manage, and what you cannot manage you cannot change. We need to embed changed behaviours, using common metrics to evidence leadership and improvement.
Operations and Maintenance
The variables involved with operating and maintaining buildings are vast, including everyday use, designated uses of different space, the complexity of plant and equipment installed and, of course, the behaviour of the end user.
Retrofit and Refurbishment
Retrofitting and re-using buildings is paramount to reducing carbon in the built environment. It maximises the use of an asset's embodied cabon, while rendering it as energy-efficient as possible.
Skills and Education
Our own research indicated that there are knowledge gaps at student level of low carbon construction methods. Educating both the current and future workforce will be vital to meeting carbon targets and creating jobs.
On the surface, construction waste and carbon may seem unconnected. But whatever we manufacture and ultimately dispose of is part of a wider scenario involving embodied energy and carbon. So it is fundamentally important that we continue to effectively manage and reduce construction waste.