Course dates for 2021

The Network Rail Environmental and Social Minimum Requirements standard requires certain rail projects (those with over £1 million spend on civils, track and Overhead Line Equipment (OLE)) to undertake a carbon assessment using the RSSB Rail Carbon Tool.  Projects must demonstrate that they have undertaken an assessment and used the results to influence design and construction. 

In addition, there are UK policy requirements such as the goals to achieve zero carbon emissions by 2050. Measuring and reducing carbon is also important for achieving verification for specifications such as PAS (Publicly Available Specification) 2080. PAS2080 is the world’s first low carbon infrastructure specification which provides a framework for the industry to evaluate and manage whole life carbon emissions aiming to deliver reduced carbon and reduced cost solutions.

The Rail Carbon Tool is free to access for both RSSB members and non-members working in the GB rail sector. 

Any organisation undertaking a large infrastructure project will have to hold the expertise to use the Rail Carbon Tool. The training is aimed at individuals who would use the tool to undertake carbon assessments for their projects and reduce carbon emissions through design and construction which can result in capital and operational cost savings. 

This training is likely to be relevant to (but not limited to) environmental professionals, engineers, project managers and estimators. 

Learning Objectives

  • Learn the background to the tool and the regulatory and legislative context for undertaking carbon assessments. 
  • How to reduce carbon emissions through design and construction for capital and operational cost savings.
  • Complete practical exercises on mock rail infrastructure projects using the Rail Carbon Tool.
  • How the Rail Carbon Tool can be used to undertake carbon assessments for projects.


All delegates are required to bring a laptop / tablet with the Rail Carbon Tool installed.

This training will be delivered by Elliot Shiers. Elliot is a practitioner member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) with eight years of experience in delivering environmental and sustainability management solutions on complex and nationally significant rail infrastructure projects.

Elliot has expertise in undertaking carbon assessments, using the Rail Carbon Tool and has worked extensively on a variety of rail infrastructure projects to deliver carbon and cost savings and help projects meet their sustainability targets and objectives.

Background on the tool

The video below provides an introduction to the Rail Carbon Tool and some background on why the tool was developed.

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