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BCSA appoints SCI to develop carbon footprint tool

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SCI has won a contract to develop a methodology and accompanying spreadsheet tool to enable BCSA members to easily and consistently calculate their carbon footprint.

The project will include a report setting out the procedure for quantifying the carbon footprint of steelwork contractors, a user friendly Excel spreadsheet tool to allow BCSA members to calculate their own carbon footprint, and a user manual for the spreadsheet.

Dr David Moore, BCSA Director of Engineering, said: “We selected SCI for the project as they demonstrated a long track record of life cycle assessment work within the sector, both at the product and whole building levels.

“They have already undertaken several audits of steelwork contractors to determine the carbon footprints of companies and buildings, and we felt confident they would work in partnership with us to achieve our aims.”

Leading the project for the SCI is Dr Michael Sansom, Senior Manager, Sustainability, he said: “One of the key objectives of this project is to develop one robust methodology that is tailored to the UK steel construction sector. This will avoid inconsistency and inaccuracy arising from variations in scope and methodology between the different carbon footprinting schemes currently being marketed to the steel construction industry.”

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