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HS2 to track infrastructure carbon with new standard

HS2 has achieved the global standard to manage whole-life carbon emissions as its develops the infrastructure to deliver the new high-speed rail network.

The PAS 2080 standard is developed by the Construction Leadership Council’s Green Construction Board with the British Standards Institute (BSI).

It provides a consistent framework for evaluating and managing carbon across the whole infrastructure value chain.

The standard recognises organisations that have strategies in place to reduce carbon and develop more collaborative ways of working to promote innovation, delivering benefit to society and communities, and making an important contribution to tackling climate change.

HS2 has set a 50% carbon reduction target on assets such as tunnels, viaducts and cuttings, along with stations and railway systems, to encourage the supply chain to innovate to reduce carbon.

By applying PAS 2080 during design, construction and operation, HS2 will cut emissions, minimise resource consumption and use low carbon alternatives wherever possible, reducing the project’s carbon footprint. 

For example, designers have achieved a 27% reduction in the structural steel required to build the roof of Old Oak Common station.

Following tests, the team of structural design engineers and architects found that the structure of the station roof could be modified to allow for 27% less material to be used, with a total steel reduction of over 1,000 tonnes.

This is equivalent to a 2,700 tonne reduction in carbon, and a cost saving of £7m.

 Transport Minister Rachel Maclean

Virtual Smart Transport Conference 2020 presentations available to view now

After three packed days of content the first Virtual Smart Transport Conference has come to a close, but delegates can now gain free access to rewatch all the presentations during the show.

How to watch the presentations

Videos can be accessed by heading to the Agenda & Live Stream section of the Virtual Smart Transport Conference event website and choosing sessions to watch from across the three days.

The event featured thought leadership presentations from over 45 key stakeholders from the public and private sector, with opening statements from transport minister Rachel Maclean (pictured) and Mayor for Greater Manchester Combined Authority Andy Burnham.

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