Laing O’Rourke to Decarbonise Manufactured Concrete Components
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Laing O’Rourke to Decarbonise Manufactured Concrete Components

Laing O’Rourke has commenced a project to decarbonise manufactured concrete components used in construction, after securing a grant to co-fund

Laing O’Rourke has commenced a project to decarbonise manufactured concrete components used in construction, after securing a grant to co-fund the work from the UK’s Industrial Energy Transformation Fund. The IETF, which is managed by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, is designed to help businesses cut their energy usage and carbon emissions by investing in energy efficiency and low carbon technologies.

The ‘Decarbonising manufactured concrete’ project involves a comprehensive study into carbon reduction at Laing O’Rourke’s Centre of Excellence for Modern Construction in Steetley, Nottinghamshire. The facility, which employs 400 people, is Europe’s most advanced construction products manufacturing facility and will play an integral role in the delivery of the company’s new global sustainability targets, which include achieving operational net zero by 2030 and becoming a net zero company before 2050.

Working in a consortium with experts from the University of Cambridge and the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), Laing O’Rourke will investigate 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.

The objectives of the project are twofold: to apply new lower carbon materials and processes to reduce the embodied carbon in finished products, including columns, walls, floor slabs, and architectural facades used in built assets; and to decarbonise the operation of the facility. After initial scoping work to quantify, prioritise and define decarbonisation interventions, the consortium will conduct feasibility trials for each intervention.

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