Last edited 13 Nov 2020

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ICE's Sustainability Knowledge Manager Rob Curd assesses the progress of ICE's collaborative effort to deliver progress towards net-zero.

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[edit] Introduction

The Carbon Project is ICE’s collaborative effort to deliver rapid progress towards net zero carbon across all infrastructure systems, programmes, and projects. Initiated in early 2020, the project aims to focus on specific areas of technical practice where the civil engineering community has the greatest potential to support carbon reduction:

[edit] 'Transforming the system'

One of the earliest tasks carried out by the third workstream ‘Transforming the System,’ was to get a better understanding about where and how the biggest emissions of carbon were occurring within infrastructure. This activity was last carried out at scale in 2013’s Infrastructure Carbon Review (ICR) which was well received by industry and set out a common language and narrative of where the carbon was within infrastructure, we therefore decided to update the data used in this report, not only to provide a like for like comparison using the same sources and methodologies, but also to update the figures to give a more complete picture that is available to us using improved data and methodologies that have become available since 2013.

This work was supported by funding from ICE’s Research and Development enabling fund and was carried out by Dr Jannik Giesekam and Maria Manidaki, who was heavily involved in the original ICR. Further support was provided by Tim Chapman, Holly Smith and Chris Landsburgh.

Some of the key findings of this update include:

This data was presented at the Unwin Lecture, where we discussed how the industry has progressed since the original ICR as well as what more needs to be done to reach our net-zero target. We also repackaged the findings as an infographic to give people easier access to the key information available at: https://www.ice.org.uk/ICEDevelopmentWebPortal/media/News/ICE%20News/ICE-Carbon-Project-IG1.pdf

[edit] Data now available for all

To mark the inauguration of ICE’s new president Rachel Skinner – who is also Chair of The Carbon Project steering group - we have now made this dataset available for all to use. These documents are intended to provide the most accurate estimate on carbon in infrastructure to date and provide a robust baseline for future progress updates.

Download the data here

ICE has also made a pledge to maintain and update the data and will use it to monitor the industries progress at regular intervals. Work has already begun on future iterations incorporating additional improvements and data sources and we encourage members to share any relevant data.


This article originally appeared as Carbon in Infrastructure – where and how much? On ICE’s Infrastructure Blog on 2 November, 2020. It was written by Rob Curd, ICE Sustainability Knowledge Manager.

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