Carbon management standard aims to accelerate decarbonisation pace

PAS 2080:2023 expansion aims to motivate organisations to take action

BSI, in its role as the National Standards Body (NSB), has announced the launch of the revised carbon management standard, PAS 2080:2023, designed to help built environment organisations accelerate progress to a sustainable world by reducing their carbon emissions.

The scope of the standard has expanded to accelerate progress with a move from ambition into action on decarbonisation, by detailing steps to reduce the carbon footprint of both buildings and infrastructure over the whole lifecycle of an asset. 

The new standard, developed with the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and the Green Construction Board (GCB), covers everything from the materials to design, construction, and the use of a structure, including demolition and disposal.

Adopt early collaboration

In addition to demonstrating how to integrate carbon management into decision-making from the earliest origins of projects through to end of life, PAS 2080 is designed to support organisations with reviewing their carbon emissions by encouraging early collaboration between project parties. This involves setting out roles and responsibilities to maintain a low carbon focus throughout.

The updated specification includes methods for all organizations involved in a built environment project to understand the impact of their activities on their wider network, revealing interdependencies that could influence and support decarbonisation across built environment systems.

Anthony Burd, associate director and head of built environment at BSI said: “The original standard on carbon management has been well used within the built environment and this update is designed to further empower behavioural change on carbon reduction by helping organisations recognise and respond to the urgency for climate action.

“We are delighted to be introducing this specification for the decarbonisation of buildings and infrastructure to the built environment sector and would like to thank all those organizations that have been involved. I look forward to seeing the positive impact that this will have on accelerating the reduction of carbon emissions, ultimately bringing wider benefit to society.”

PAS 2080 has been sponsored by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and the Green Construction Board (GCB), enabling the standard to be offered free of charge. An updated Guidance document offers a range of case studies where the standard has been applied, and provides worked examples to further assist organisations with the application and integration of PAS 2080.

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