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Precast concrete sector hits 2020 carbon targets early

Precast concrete sector hits 2020 carbon targets early

Members of the Precast Concrete have hit most of their 2020 factory carbon emissions targets two years early according to the latest edition of the trade association’s sustainability report.

Emissions per tonne of production have halved in eight years and the precast concrete sector continues to make significant progress across most key performance indicator targets. Work has now started on post-2020 targets, with the clear objective of reaching net zero carbon by 2050.

The 2019 edition of Sustainability Matters, British Precast’s performance report, shows significant progress is being made towards the sector’s 2020 targets. In key areas such as factory CO2 emissions, members have already met both the Precast Concrete Sustainability Charter 2020 target and the Green Construction Board’s Carbon Route Map target.

This means that the membership has also fulfilled the Infrastructure Carbon Review pledge of a 20% reduction in carbon emissions. The reductions are part of a long-term trend; factory emissions per tonne of precast concrete continued to fall in 2018, reaching 10kg CO2/tonne compared to 19.9 kg CO2/tonne in 2010.

Precast drainage manufacturers, who make a significant proportion of companies reporting to British Precast, have also reported significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions over the last few years. An Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for concrete pipes published in 2017 showed that the carbon footprint of concrete pipeline systems has dropped by almost 9% since 2010. Further reductions have been achieved since.

A copy of the precast performance report, Sustainability Matters, can be found here: One of the many benefits of precast concrete is its production in a factory setting. This allows for more precision in production and means less waste is generated and significant savings in energy and materials are made.


Ninety percent of precast concrete produced by the 60+ members of British Precast, which includes all members of the British Precast Drainage Association, is covered by international standards ISO 9001 quality management and ISO 14001 environmental management systems. These standards indicate both a commitment to address environmental impact along with a willingness to embrace new technologies and innovation on the journey of continuous improvement.

For more information on the sustainability performance of precast concrete manufacturers, download Sustainability Matters 2019:

Published on 12th July 2019

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