Whole life carbon assessments: What you need to know

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The London Plan now requires a whole lifecycle assessment as a condition of planning. We examine the implications for the industry

Buried deep in the recently launched London Plan 2021, on page 342, is a new requirement that could be described as a small step for the industry but a giant leap for carbon emissions reduction from construction.

For the first time in regulatory history, big London developers will need to calculate the carbon embodied in the materials, construction, maintenance and demolition of their projects. Policy S1 2 now includes a requirement for developers of schemes referable to the mayor to submit a whole lifecycle carbon assessment and demonstrate actions to reduce emissions.

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