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Research Topic

Reducing Carbon Emissions: Innovative Tools in the Construction Industry

Research Summary

The aim of the Carbon Infrastructure Transformation Tool (CITT) project is to look at the challenges of reducing carbon emissions on large infrastructure projects. This work is a collaboration between the University of Edinburgh and Costain. Costain are developing a tool that will show areas where carbon is emitted during the build phase of projects with the aim of reducing emissions and cost from projects. Once the project is complete, the aim is to make the tool open source so that anyone can use it within their organisation to improve their carbon management.

There are three main areas of focus for David's research:

  1. The risk of burden shifting - is there a risk that by only measuring emissions over the build phase that emissions over the lifetime of the structure could actually be greater?
  2. Barriers to adoption - what are the main barriers stopping this tool to be adopted throughout the industry, and how can these be overcome?
  3. Collaboration within the supply chain  - How can numerous diverse organisations work together to ensure carbon reduction? 

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David has a BSc in Geography from the University of St Andrews. After graduating in 2008 he went to work for the Met Office as a Weather Forecaster/Operational Meteorologist. After 5 years, David was promoted to the Aviation Service Manager role where he was responsible for the service and delivery of aviation forecasts for both regulated and commercial customers. In 2015, David moved to Edinburgh and completed an MSc in Carbon Management at the University of Edinburgh, finishing with distinction and being awarded 2 prizes for his dissertation on the impact climate change was having on agriculture in Malawi. In 2017 David joined the University of Edinburgh Business School in the Business and Climate Change team studying for a PhD with funding from the Construction Climate Challenge.