Why Consider Carbon
Carbon emissions and their contribution to climate change are the most important ‘sustainability’ issue today.
The built environment accounts for around 47% of UK CO2 emissions.
Many governments around the world have now passed primary legislation mandating massive reductions in carbon emissions. Within the UK, the Climate Change Bill and subsequent Low Carbon Transition Plan have established the roadmap we are all to follow in de-carbonizing our economy.
Reducing these emissions have significant environmental and economic benefits.
Here are some of the key reasons to target carbon emissions reductions:
- Peer Competition: Many forward looking, UK and international companies, investors, academic institutions and other top real estate users are undertaking carbon emissions reduction strategies
- Optimize efficient construction, through smarter material selection, use of recycled content, and supply chain (location, delivery and waste) scrutiny
- New Standards and Legislation: BREEAM 2014 includes elements of embodied carbon and life cycle analysis. The UKGBC now advises that embodied carbon is an essential part of sustainable building practice. A number of Local Authorities are including embodied or whole life carbon assessments within there planning requirements. The Building Regulations (Part L) are considering embodied carbon as an Allowable Solution
- Future proof asset value against EU and UK Sustainability Legislation changes. SCP works in accordance with the latest EU and UK Standards, and is collaborating with Local Authorities, Government, and the Industry to create the next generation of standards
- Increase building life and reduce maintenance. A key feature of carbon emission assessments is Life Cycle Analysis. This encourages Design Teams to think long term, past Practical Completion, to reduce maintenance cycles, and help to minimise occupational disturbance and cost
- Improve marketability. Increasingly large tenants undertake similar occupier CO2 assessments, and private individuals are looking for dwellings that respond to their environmental choices
- Improve occupational efficiencies by targeting consumables: Understanding and reducing the day to day use of paper, food, packaging, cups, transport etc and the disposal or recycling of waste has significant carbon and cost benefits. These potential efficiencies impact the base build
- Improve cost/carbon efficiencies through Marginal Abatement Cost Curve analysis. SCP can demonstrate the CO2/$£€ benefits of better material and system choices through MACC analysis
- For large estates and portfolios of several buildings we do low carbon and energy, management strategies to optimize Carbon and Cost efficiencies. These are lease related, achieve benefits of scale, and provide CSR reporting opportunities
- SCP also assists in delivering reporting and financial benefit through: ESOS, FIT, RHI, ECA, ECO, and Green Deal
- Last but not least, improve user enjoyment of, and confidence in, their working environment