The biggest contributor of embodied carbon on construction projects is material selection, but this is closely followed by transportation needs. When calculating the impact of transportation emissions on a construction project, several factors come into play. Whilst many developers are now considerately choosing local contractors which is reducing the carbon cost of the necessary machinery and workers travelling to/from site, product selection continues to be price driven, with little regard for where the product or raw materials originate from.
Factors contributing to product transportation emissions include distance travelled, transportation modes used, and the carbon intensity of the transportation methods employed.
Of course, it is necessary to evaluate the specific circumstances of each manufacturer and the transportation options available to them. Factors such as the exact locations of the manufacturers, their transportation networks, shipping routes, and the efficiency of their supply chains all contribute to the overall emissions impact on the construction project. However, the message here is clear; supporting local economies reduces carbon emissions.
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