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A tailored digital toolkit for the measurement of embodied carbon of airport buildings and infrastructure assets could influence decisions on future projects.

Airline trade body the International Air Transport Association (IATA) expects global demand for air travel to grow in the coming decades. In response, many airports in the UK and around the world are looking to expand.

But there are national and sector level targets to achieve net zero by 2050, so the way airport buildings and infrastructure assets are designed and constructed has to change.

Consultant AtkinsRéalis, in collaboration with IATA, has developed a suite of digital tools to estimate the embodied carbon associated with the construction of airport terminal buildings, runways and multi-storey car parks.

They say this is the first “digital toolkit” to provide these measurements for these different structures and assets in one package.

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