Railway has set contractors carbon reduction targets

HS2 has becomes the first UK transport sector client to achieve a major global carbon management standard.

The railway has been awarded the PAS 2080 global accreditation, recognising its plans to reduce carbon throughout the project.

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The railway has set contractors a series of carbon reduction targets

PAS 2080 is a global specification for managing whole-life carbon in infrastructure.

Developed by the Construction Leadership Council’s green construction board with the British Standards Institute, it provides a consistent framework for evaluating and managing carbon across the whole infrastructure value chain.

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

Designers have achieved a 27% reduction in the structural steel required to build the roof of Old Oak Common station. This is the equivalent to a 2,700 tonne reduction in carbon and a cost saving of £7m.

HS2 is also cutting emissions by transporting materials by rail, with 15,000 freight trains set to move 10 million tonnes of aggregate for HS2 over the next decade.

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