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Atkins unveils data-driven decarbonization initiative for the built environment
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Atkins unveils data-driven decarbonization initiative for the built environment

According to Faithful+Gould, Faithful+Gould, Atkins, and SNC-Lavalin who have created a new division on the idea, data-driven solutions could be the solution to decarbonizing the built environment in a cost effective manner and accelerate the global transition to net zero.

The Decarbonomics initiative empowers owners and occupiers with building portfolios of any size to decarbonise their entire estate by the development and implementation cost-effective, programme-optimised net-zero pathways.

It is being launched at a time when both public and private sectors are looking for ways to reduce carbon emissions. The built environment contributes approximately 40% of global carbon emissions, and the majority of buildings that will exist by 2050 were already built.

Decarbonomics combines the project and cost management expertise of Faithful+Gould, with the design and engineering skills and Atkins.

The firms were founded on the decarbonisation and preservation of existing building portfolios. They describe it as an end to end service that uses a three-step approach: benchmarking, road mapping, and delivery of an organisation’s decarbonisation program.

  • Benchmark: develop a carbon baseline
  • Roadmap: design a cost-effective carbon reduction pathway
  • Implement our carbon reduction solutions.

Carbon Data Insights provides the foundation for this three-step strategy. This includes a combination of global open-source benchmark data databases and SNC-Lavalins built-data library. The strategy for achieving carbon reductions from behaviour change to building retrofit intervention, as well as measuring progress throughout the portfolio and asset lifetime, has led to a decarbonized estate.

Ian Edwards, chief executive officer at SNC-Lavalin highlighted the importance and value of the initiative.

The future net zero communities will be created partly by the effective decarbonisation and preservation of existing assets. DecarbonomicsThis is a concrete example how we can assist clients in meeting their net zero goals and is in line our comprehensive Engineering Net ZeroHe said, “Approach”.

“We offer sustainable solutions by connecting people and data with technology in partnership, such as the UK Government Property Agency. This agency delivers decarbonisation for its portfolio of 450 buildings.

Stuart McLaren, SNC Lavalin Decarbonomics director, added: Decarbonomics is based on the principle of systems thought and brings together our diverse knowledge and expertise in the built environment and building to make carbon visible at the portfolio-level.

“This allows our clients to make better decisions about their investments into decarbonisation.”

Decarbonomics: Key features

  • An enterprise-level view of clients’ carbon baseline and benchmarked performances
  • Industry-leading program management systems that create cost- and programme-optimized delivery plans and allow for performance tracking
  • Expertise and advice from the top on a wide range of options and interventions to optimize your decarbonization journey
  • Industry-leading program management and asset management tools and process, integrated into an unparalleled decarbonisation platform
  • A simple, dynamic dashboard that allows clients access to all aspects of estate performance.
  • Decarbonomics was also developed to provide the information required to support the development robust investment cases that will help our clients secure the funds and funding they need to achieve a net zero future.

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