Government funds Laing O’Rourke to decarbonise pre-cast products

Aaron Morby 2 years ago
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Laing O’Rourke has secured government funding to support a project to decarbonise manufactured concrete components.

Laing O'Rourke's advanced manufacturing facility in Steetley will be integral to it achieving achieving operational net zero by 2030 and becoming a net zero company before 2050
Laing O'Rourke's advanced manufacturing facility in Steetley will be integral to it achieving achieving operational net zero by 2030 and becoming a net zero company before 2050

The firm will work with experts from the University of Cambridge and the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, to improve every facet of the production process, from the use of low carbon concrete, steel and aggregate materials and technologies, to the systems used to create formwork and cure products.

Using this approach Laing O’Rourke aims to cut embodied carbon in finished products, including columns, walls, floor slabs, and architectural facades; and to decarbonise the operation of its advanced manufacturing facility in Steetley, Nottinghamshire.

Dr Chris Millard, R&D Leader, Europe at Laing O’Rourke, said: “Advances in this area are essential to help reduce the carbon impact of the built environment, which accounts for 45% of UK greenhouse gas emissions.

“The project could also be a catalyst for the implementation of the Government’s Construction Playbook, which sets out policies to increase the use of manufacturing in construction, to boost productivity and deliver better, faster and greener public buildings and infrastructure.”

He added: “Our vision is to put any developments to work across our global business, and to share learnings that build on overall sustainability efforts across engineering and construction.”

Energy, Clean Growth & Climate Change Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan said: “We have set a world-leading commitment to tackle climate change by 2050 and developing the technologies we need to rein in carbon emissions will not only allow us to transition to a green economy, but will reduce costs for business, boost investment and create jobs.

“All sectors are going to be involved in this process and this funding is allowing Laing O’Rourke to drive forward the innovation that will help a key part of the construction industry cut emissions as we build back greener from the pandemic.”

 

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