The concrete industry has set CO2 reduction targets for production and reports annually on performance.
From 1990 to 2012 the concrete industry has reduced the embodied CO2 of a standardised or baseline mix of concrete by 23% and has set a target to achieve 30% reduction by 2020.
Designers can help to determine the embodied carbon dioxide of concrete through specification and can minimise the operational energy of buildings by utilising concrete’s thermal mass. Guidance on the Specification of Sustainable Concrete and Thermal Mass is available from The Concrete Centre.
Concrete is a UK manufactured product that is locally sourced; reducing the transport CO2 of a construction project. The concrete industry has committed to a Low Carbon Freight initiative to measure and manage transport CO2.
Concrete is inherently durable and flexible. Proven examples such as Elizabeth Court, Hampshire, The Angel Building, London and Park Hill, Sheffield demonstrate the long-term advantages of the re-use of a concrete frame – saving materials, cost and carbon. These, and other, case studies are available at www.thisisconcrete.co.uk