CEMEX UK launch new Carbon Calculator
Featured in19 July 2012 - 16:46
Company takes embodied carbon calculations a step further with new carbon footprint calculator
CEMEX UK, who lay claim to being the first company in their sector to provide the solution of carbon modelling to their customers as far back as 2007, have now gone a step further with the introduction of their new Carbon Footprint Calculator – a data-modelling tool for calculating embodied carbon for the supply of building materials.
The new, more versatile Carbon Footprint Calculator maps out embodied carbon step-by-step through the supply chain, from the manufacture of the raw materials to the delivery of the end product on site, with bespoke reports quickly generated for customers.
The Calculator works to PAS 2050, a recognized method for assessing the life-cycle greenhouse gas emissions of goods and services, and to date it has been used on approximately 40 projects ranging from single loads to large complex contracts.
The tool has data on the embodied CO2 of the raw materials and all CEMEX plants and quarries, including gas, water, fuel and electricity. The carbon emissions from transporting the material, whether by road, rail or water, are also included in the calculation.
Having calculated the embodied carbon in a certain type of concrete, for example, the tool can substitute alternative mixes, eg using CEM II instead of CEM I Portland Cement, and alternative modes of transport, eg using rail for part of the journey instead of road, to reduce the total CO2 emissions.
‘The carbon agenda is increasingly in the minds of clients, contractors and legislators. The new Carbon Footprint Calculator can offer our customers a more detailed solution of how to cut carbon but still use a high-specification material,’ said CEMEX UK’s sustainability director, Andy Spencer.
‘Using the tool is an element of our wider solution to advise on and provide high-quality materials that are more sustainable over their entire life cycle.’