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New carbon calculator from BAM demonstrates how to cut site emissions

BAM Group has developed a project carbon calculator as a practical tool to determine the possibilities for CO2 reduction in the procurement and construction phases of a construction project.

When used on 28 projects, the project carbon calculator (PCC) showed that an average CO2 reduction of approximately 8.1% is possible.

BAM said it hopes to make the tool available to other players in the sector and to other interested parties. In this way, BAM hopes to contribute to reducing CO2 emissions.

During a symposium in Wassenaar this afternoon, NJ de Vries, vice-chairman of the Executive Board of BAM, symbolically handed over the project carbon calculator to Professor WJ Ockels, professor in sustainable technology at the Technical University in Delft.

BAM developed the PCC to calculate the CO2 emissions of building projects in a joint venture with KPMG Sustainability.

The PCC is a computer programme that can be used on projects in both the infrastructure sector and the building sector. It can be used at every phase of the project: design, tender, construction and maintenance; and it is possible to determine the carbon footprint of a building project and identify where the most efficient reduction measures can be taken. This provides insight into the work processes of the building project and their consequences for the emission of CO2.

To test the operation of the PCC and to be able to share its first experiences, BAM applied the PCC to 28 building and infrastructure projects. The PCC shows that for the selected building projects, on average a CO2 reduction of 8.1 percent is feasible.

Based on these findings, BAM will investigate new possibilities for saving energy and using alternative materials within its own business units and also at suppliers and customers. Substantial CO2 reduction can only be achieved in collaboration with suppliers, building companies and customers.

BAM has the ambition to develop the PCC further together with partners in the chain. From 24 June 2009, the PCC will be available to the entire building sector via the successful CO2 desk on the BAM website . The website describes the basic principles behind the calculation method and also contains the user instructions.

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  • Hi, we have developed an online tool to do exactly this, there is a free version of the tool available here: http://www.carboncalculated.com/products/construction_cc

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  • Sorry the link wasn't linking here it is again:
    Carbon Calculation tool for the construction industry

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