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Carbon management

Carbon is fast catching up with cost as a measure of efficiency in the infrastructure industry. Introduction of the infrastructure industry’s first standard for managing carbon, PAS 2080, will accelerate the pace of change. We can help you achieve low carbon, lower cost outcomes systematically, in a way that is repeatable and changes your business for better, for good.

Potential savings
Up to 100%
Build nothing
– challenge the root cause of the need; explore alternative approaches to achieve the outcome
Up to 80%
Build less – maximise the use of existing assets, innovate to increase capacity, reliability, service and resilience, and optimise asset operation and management
Up to 50%
Build smart – use Lean design and BIM for manufacture to minimise resource use, use low-carbon materials and streamline delivery process
Up to 20%
Build efficiently – embrace new construction technologies and eliminate waste

Mott MacDonald has been working with the infrastructure sector’s most progressive clients to drive down embodied and operational carbon ever since the agenda began to bite in the 1990s. We’ve been in the front line, developing technical, cultural, management and commercial innovations that have helped a number of industry leaders achieve beacon status.

Our carbon footprinting methodology for the design of London Crossrail was the first of its kind on a project of that scale. Since then, we've developed bespoke cost and carbon assessment tools. Our market analysis, forecasting and advice are sought by government, policy makers and regulators across the infrastructure sector.

We were commissioned by the Green Construction Board’s Infrastructure Working Group to research and author the Government’s Infrastructure Carbon Review and its supporting technical report, published in November 2013. We were subsequently appointed to co-author a Publically Available Specification, PAS2080, on managing carbon in the infrastructure sector.

We’ve worked with leading infrastructure companies in the power and water sectors, including National Grid and Anglian Water to embed carbon management programmes. We've had reduced carbon in a host of infrastructure projects globally. We’re providing technical and commercial advice under the Department for Energy & Climate Change’s Low Carbon Innovation Programme. We're an ‘incubation manager’ for small and medium sized companies, helping them bring technologies to maturity.

We produce economic and carbon data for the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) that is used across the construction industry to calculate current and future financial and environmental costs.

We first estimated our own carbon footprint in 2007 and reported it in our 2008 Corporate Responsibility Report. At the same time we made a long term commitment to reduce our carbon footprint per member of staff by 5% per year. We reported our 2014 emissions as tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent. Click to find out more:


Carbon crunch publications


We help our clients:

Understand carbon in your organisation

  • Establish where you stand on the journey to low carbon leadership
  • Set out a vision of how your organisation should address carbon
  • Establish clear, consistent carbon policies

Make carbon reduction ‘business as usual’

  • Build carbon into your decision making processes
  • Develop a carbon reduction strategy
  • Establish carbon governance procedures

Measure cost and carbon

  • Calculate carbon to set benchmarks and measure progress
  • Plan capital and maintenance projects that deliver best value

Drive progress

  • Identify where you can make the greatest gains
  • Set stretching but realistic targets

Incubate innovation

  • Use procurement and contractual models that drive supply chain engagement and collaboration
  • Enable every party to contribute at the optimum stage of the development, delivery and operation cycle

Manage risks and identify opportunities

  • Identify upcoming carbon-related risks and respond effectively
  • Allocate risks and incentivise outperformance of targets

Support new solutions

  • Evaluate emerging technologies and efficiency measures
  • Develop and improve them

Steer towards success

  • Set ‘stage gates’ for the delivery of low carbon projects to keep performance on track
  • Audit efficiency to identify scope for further improvements
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