Our Strategy 2020 Commitments
- Contribute to the delivery of a low carbon built
Carbon emissions from the built environment arise from two main
sources; ‘operational’ from using buildings and infrastructure and
those ‘embodied’ in the manufacture of construction materials.
Operational carbon from buildings is significantly greater than the
embodied carbon in their construction materials. Concrete
construction can make a significant contribution to reducing
operational carbon through its unique combination of properties, in
particular thermal mass. The Concrete Centre
continues to provide best practice advice on low carbon design
supported by regular events to share knowledge from exemplar
The concrete industry is fully committed to reducing the embodied
carbon within concrete, and reports on carbon intensity - kg of CO2
per tonne of concrete produced and energy intensity in kWh/tonne.
This data includes the emissions and energy use from the supply of
Data is reported based on two average proportions of materials;
the ‘Rolling mix’ based on an average of materials used per tonne
of concrete for the reporting year and the ‘Standardised mix’ based
on the materials proportions in
2008 when the strategy was introduced so that progress can be
The 2020 target is a 30% reduction based on a 1990 baseline.
- Develop a Low Carbon Freight Initiative to support
improvement in transport performance through the concrete supply
chain to construction sites
Concrete is a UK manufactured product
that is locally sourced, helping to reduce the CO2 associated with
transport of materials to a construction project.
Our current indicator is based on the CO2 emissions related to
Efforts are underway to address the wider social and environmental
impacts of transport through improved scheduling, vehicle quality
and driver training. There are also examples of manufacturers
investing in more efficient fleet and sector initiatives to
encourage and enable a greater use of rail freight.
MPA and the Rail Freight Group have
published a series of commitments in their document A
Commitment to the Future.
Available at www.mineralproducts.org
The Mineral Products Association (MPA)
is the trade association for the aggregates, asphalt, cement,
concrete, dimension stone, lime, mortar and silica sand industries,
and as such the commitment applies to concrete and constituent
materials sectors that are part of the MPA.