Cut Carbon, Cut Cost - Feasibility of Applying PAS 2080
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State of Qatar is committed to delivering its Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretariat. (Ministry of Environment, 2015). Though the INDC are voluntary, without any specific target threshold to commitments, Qatar has over the years developed robust policies and action plans with the intention to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2030. As a host country for the World Cup 2022, sustainable tourism and carbon neutral tournament are already high priority on the agenda. Meeting GHG emission reduction targets by 2030 will be a challenge for all sectors across Qatar and reduction of emissions from Qatar's infrastructure will soon be a regulatory requirement. The paper will be based on a literature review of the standard available in the industry, such as PAS 2080, for carbon management in infrastructure. The feasibility of applying such standards in Qatar will be reviewed in detail, with the objective of managing whole life carbon in infrastructure and achieve reduction in carbon and cost. The study will also detail how carbon reduction can not only be achieved by quantifying carbon and addressing carbon hotspots to improve efficiency but also by including changes in behaviors/culture, processes and systems, in addition to implementation of low carbon solutions.