Arup commits to whole lifecycle carbon assessments for all buildings work and withdrawal from fossil fuels from next year

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United Kingdom

Today, Arup has committed to undertaking whole lifecycle carbon assessments for all its buildings projects – new and retrofit – from next year. The firm has also announced it will not be taking on any new energy commissions involving the extraction, refinement, or transportation of hydrocarbon-based fuels.  

Arup’s commitment to whole lifecycle carbon assessments is significant because the global built environment sector is the source of almost 40% of global carbon emissions (1). Yet it has been estimated that less than 1% of buildings projects are currently evaluated in a way that quantifies the scale and source of carbon emissions generated during their lifespans – a step that is essential if the most effective decarbonisation actions are to be identified.

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