Skanska has slashed its carbon use across the business in a bid to become the UK’s first contractor to gain the new PAS 2080 carbon industry standard.
The standard was developed by BSI (British Standards Institution) and launched two years ago to try to mitigate climate change through carbon reduction. It is seen as the world’s first carbon management tool across the design process for infrastructure.
The approach differs from other methods as it looks at carbon reduction opportunities across the whole life of the asset rather than just during the construction phase.
Skanska said to gain accreditation it had been reviewing and improving its processes across the preconstruction and project delivery phases, particularly focusing on estimating, design and carbon measurement.
The contractor said it had already made significant carbon reductions on many projects including the development of its own facility at Bentley Works in Doncaster.
Skanska UK director of environment Adam Crossley said: “We’re proud to have supported the development and implementation of PAS 2080 and we’re now working towards having our compliance independently assessed by BSI. Our aim is to play a part in reducing carbon across all the assets we build, operate and maintain.
“PAS 2080 provides a common framework and guidance for the whole value chain. It is essential for clients, designers, contractors and suppliers to work together if we are going to drive a low carbon future.”