HSTG: A Matter of Embodied Emissions

The latest blog from Herefordshire Sustainable Transport Group

Professor John Whitelegg is a Senior Fellow with the Foundation for Integrated Transport (FIT). He has a long and distinguished career as an environmentalist and promoter of sustainable and transformational transport solutions.

His latest offering from the FIT concentrates on the serious matter of carbon impact of new road building. The impact relates to embodied emissions which are identified as: Embodied emissions are the full supply chain emissions associated with the initial creation of an asset. Typically this includes emissions from: raw material acquisition, transport, processing and manufacturing of building materials; distribution of materials to site and energy used on-site in assembly. In the infrastructure sector these are commonly referred to as capital carbon emissions to accord with the concept of capital cost.

Professor Whitelegg goes on to explore the fact that little account of embodied emissions is included in the evaluation of road schemes:

The lack of attention to the development of a robust evaluation methodology for the estimation of the carbon impact of road building and its c£34 billion budget is a significant failure of national transport and climate change policy and contrary to the spirit and purpose of declaring a climate emergency.

The full text can be read on http://integratedtransport.co.uk/blog/  together with further information about the Foundation for Integrated Transport. Professor Whitelegg is also Honorary President of Rail & Bus for Herefordshire

 Some previous reports can be found be searching “HSTG”  on the HGN website or for a full list of HSTG reports in PDF format contact: Gareth Calan Davies (ghal@btinternet.com) Carole Protherough (protheroughcarole32@gmail.com)