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05 October 2009

Mott MacDonald launches first ever carbon cost books

Mott MacDonald, the global engineering, management and development consultancy has launched the first ever price book to also contain estimated values for CO2 emissions of construction activities.

This exciting new edition of the annual Hutchins UK Major Works Building Blackbook sets a new standard in the construction industry. This is the first construction price book to now include an estimate of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emissions for all activities of work, as well as retaining the accurate pricing that has made the price book a definitive guide for all construction trades and professions.

James Fiske, Head of Mott MacDonald’s Economic Research Unit anticipates that the book will change the way that the industry measures cost and CO2 emissions going forward. He said, "Traditionally measured by separate teams, this publication will at last give the industry the ability to produce cost estimates and carbon footprints for design options at speed, with accurate consistency."

Launched at the Carbon Show at London’s ExCel last week, the arrival of the new carbon cost book marks an exciting time in the industry. James explained, “By introducing carbon data into the Blackbook, we can now quantify the environmental impacts of our building decisions with greater ease. Building owners, operators and businesses are being placed under pressure to reduce their CO2 impact. This CO2 measure is going to become increasingly influential as we move into times of CO2 taxation and trading to comply with the reduction agreed in the UK Climate Change Act.”

Mott MacDonald has a successful track record spanning over the last ten years advising on carbon markets and low carbon technologies issues and applications. Examples of Mott MacDonald’s projects include assisting in the development of new emission reduction legislation in China and Eastern Europe, and the development of green building guidelines in the Middle East. Most recently the consultancy has been assisting ScottishPower’s carbon capture and storage (CCS) team in the preparation of their submission to the UK government as part of the UK post-combustion CCS demonstration competition.

For more information about Mott MacDonald’s Carbon Construction cost book, go to


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