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Carbon calculators won’t solve construction’s carbon problem, says Soben

by Sion Geschwindt
Carbon calculators won't solve construction's carbon problem, says Soben

Glasgow-based construction consultancy, Soben, is calling for industry-wide improvements to how carbon is calculated and reduced.

While there have been advancements in reducing operational emissions, a lack of consistent benchmarking and reporting are hindering progress around embodied carbon, said the firm.

In response, Soben has launched a new Carbon Cost Management service which it says is designed to provide contractors and developers with transparent, strategic advice around carbon emissions.

Dr Bonahis Oko, Head of Sustainability at Soben

Soben says its new service goes beyond carbon accounting to “provide practical carbon cost management advice”.

The new initiative is led Soben’s sustainability lead, Dr Bonahis Oko, who recently joined the firm from Bouygues Energies & Services UK.

Dr Oko and her team will lead Soben’s sustainability offerings, focusing on helping organisations achieve net zero carbon affordably and sustainably.

Her team will help organisations identify greener alternatives – building carbon considerations into cost plans to reduce the overall carbon footprint of construction projects and reduce the cost of carbon offsetting.

Scott Smyth, Soben Founder & CEO said: “There’s an urgent need for industry-wide transformation to improve carbon performance – something the basic calculators currently available won’t solve.

“Soben is investing in sustainability to lead the way towards greater clarity and consistency in how carbon is monitored, calculated, and reduced, across the supply chain.”

Read next: RICS: Less than half of UK construction projects measure embodied carbon

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