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Carbon Cost in Infrastructure: the Key to the Climate Crisis?

Just how large an effect does infrastructure construction, operation and use have on our climate today? In the report, Carbon Cost in Infrastructure: The Key to the Climate Crisis? experts explore ways in which we can minimise both carbon emissions and cost associated with infrastructure development.

Infrastructure, an Emissions Giant

In the UK today the construction, operation and maintenance of infrastructure assets results in approximately 16% of total carbon emissions. This figure rises to 53% when the use of infrastructure is incorporated, a proportion that is expected to increase to over 90% in the coming decades. These figures are not unique to the UK, they are mirrored internationally.

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