Carbon

Insight #1: Carbon

The embodied carbon of concrete has reduced by 28% since 1990

 

 

SPECIFYING FLY
ASH OR GGBS
CAN REDUCE THE
EMBODIED CO2
OF A REINFORCED
CONCRETE FLAT
SLAB BY
35%

Carbon emissions is a simplified popular term for greenhouse gas emissions, a contributor to climate change. The concrete industry has made sector carbon-reduction commitments as part of the Climate Change Act, which legally commits the UK to meeting challenging reductions to emissions: a 34% fall by 2020 and 80% by 2050, based on 1990 levels.

The inherent performance of concrete means that it can contribute to reducing the carbon emissions of the built environment. The built environment is a significant contributor to carbon emissions, predominantly through energy use for heating, lighting and electrical goods. The construction industry therefore has an important role to play in upgrading existing buildings and ensuring that future.

 

 

Publication

This is Concrete - Ten Years, Ten Insights (Carbon)