European protocol helps construction firms track their carbon emissions
CO2e protocol measures emissions from materials manufacture, construction and operation
A network of European construction companies has launched a protocol to help building firms measure and report their carbon emissions.
The CO2e protocol outlines a method for measuring a business’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. It was developed by members of the European Network of Construction Companies for Research & Development (ENCORD), working with global construction partners.
The Construction CO2e measurement protocol takes on board materials manufacture, construction (and related activities) and operation. It breaks down emissions into three areas: direct emissions from the reporting company burning fuel, etc; indirect emissions from use of electricity and steam; and other indirect emissions from sources beyond a company’s control, such as the supply chain.
Encord president Professor Ger Maas said: “It is some credit to the construction sector that the protocol represents one of the first sector initiatives to receive the new ‘built on GHG protocol’ kite mark.” The launch follows a formal review process with the World Resources Institute (WRI), which owns and manages the Green House Gas Protocol.
Protocol co-author Jesse Putzel, sustainability manager at BAM Construct UK, added: “ENCORD member companies have already started to amend their practices as a result of working together on this protocol.”
The protocol is supported by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), the Global Reporting Initiative Construction and Real Estate Sector Supplement, the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) and the World Green Building Council. It follows the methodology of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHG Protocol) March 2004 revision, which was developed by the WRI and WBCSD.