Measuring and Reducing Embodied Carbon in Rail Infrastructure
An embodied carbon value shows the amount of greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) that are released during the production of a material or product. RSSB are continually looking at ways in which the embodied carbon of rail projects can be measured and reduced. By doing this we can work towards improving the sustainability of the rail sector.
Reducing embodied carbon is important for reducing resource use and associated costs, as well as alleviating longer term risks around resource availability according to the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC). Embodied carbon within the rail sector is particularly important due to the large number of high carbon infrastructure projects. All TOCs also have franchise requirements to report their embodied carbon within new infrastructure projects over £1 million.