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Carbon Management

At Sweco, we understand the challenge that climate change presents and we recognise our responsibility as designers and engineers to reduce carbon emissions on projects. Our innovative yet straightforward approach to managing carbon and cost has led us to be recognised as international experts and leaders in the civil engineering industry.

We apply our expertise to projects, organisations, local authorities and cities to help our clients reduce carbon as efficiently as possible and plan for a net-zero carbon future. We understand the relationship between carbon and cost and have undertaken research into the carbon cost tipping point in the race to net zero. To find out more, please reach Sweco’s Urban Insight report on Carbon Management in Infrastructure (published March 2020).

Carbon cost consultancy

Sweco has a detailed understanding of the relationship between carbon and cost. We use this knowledge to help our clients identify the most valuable carbon reduction options.

The built environment accounts for a significant proportion of global carbon emissions and therefore requires urgent action to mitigate climate change. As a proxy for energy, natural resources and quantities of materials, carbon provides an important perspective for design optimisation.

While efficient design can reduce carbon and cost to a certain point, alternative low carbon materials often cost more than traditional fossil fuel-based options. At Sweco, we help our clients to select the most efficient and cost-effective carbon reduction options.

From early concept stage through to construction, we integrate industry-leading carbon management principles within design and procurement processes to go beyond carbon accounting and provide practical carbon/cost consultancy.

Low carbon infrastructure

The infrastructure sector is responsible for over 53% of carbon emissions in the UK. Sweco has award-winning expertise in applying PAS 2080, the world’s first specification for infrastructure carbon management.

Developed in response to the UK Government’s Infrastructure Carbon Review, PAS 2080 provides a framework for minimising whole life carbon across a project’s supply chain.

Our team of specialists supports infrastructure projects through establishing carbon baselines, setting targets for carbon reduction and reporting performance throughout project delivery. Our implementation of the PAS 2080 methodology ensures that focus on carbon is maintained from inception to completion.

By working with design teams and identifying carbon ‘hotspots’ to prioritise, we enable innovative design in key areas to ensure a proportionate, cost-effective focus on carbon reduction.

EIA climate assessment

We expertly assess and minimise the impact of our projects on the global climate, while ensuring their resilience to projected climate change.

The European Union Directive 2014/52/EU, requires climate change to be addressed within the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process.

Through our proactive implementation of directive requirements and contributions to associated industry guidance, Sweco continue to be at the forefront of this field. We address climate change mitigation and adaptation at the earliest stages of a project, which enables potentially significant effects to be mitigated.

From large-scale transportation schemes to energy from waste facilities, our award-winning team has leading experience in conducting Environmental Impact Assessments for a broad range of projects.

Carbon reduction training

Our specialists can provide low carbon training to stakeholders at all levels.

We work closely with our clients to ensure our training is tailored to their organisation, projects and goals. We offer inspirational and meaningful insights on best practice, development of strategic objectives and targets for carbon reduction.

Our sustainability leadership seminars and carbon/cost workshops have proven to be central in helping our clients future-proof their projects and steer their organisations towards a net-zero carbon future. Our practical advice not only enables cost-efficient carbon reduction, it also helps our clients to clearly demonstrate their progress towards genuine sustainability.

Carbon footprint verification

Whether for mandatory reporting requirements or voluntary carbon footprinting, Sweco provides third-party verification for our clients’ Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventories.

Carried out in accordance with BS EN ISO 14064-3:2019, our external verification provides our clients and their stakeholders with the confidence in reporting GHG emissions data.

Where carbon reduction or neutrality is a long-term goal, we go beyond verification and work closely with our clients to provide bespoke and strategic carbon management assistance. Once an organisation’s carbon footprint is understood, efforts can be focused on the most high-potential and cost-effective opportunities for carbon reduction.

Carbon reduction is most effective when it stems from a robust strategy that is fully supported by senior management. Our clients trust us to share our expertise at the highest organisational level to enable them to demonstrate low carbon leadership.


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