Decarbonisation & the Built Environment

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2023

On the 2nd November 2023, RLB Singapore supported byIn-Touch Advisory and the FMCC held their Decarbonisation webinar. This well attended event started with a broad review of the status and experience of the Singapore market by RLB’s Singapore joint managing director, Colin Kin. This was followed by a presentation which started with showing people how to express their birth year in terms of global atmospheric CO2 concentration carbon content (ppm: parts per million). This highlights the CO2 level changes over recent history, and personalises atmospheric CO2 to your lifetime change index.

The presentation went on to examine the use of integrated life cycle and carbon emissions reporting for both new construction and existing facilities covering:

1) Carbon Context: Standards and Sustainability
2) Carbon Calculation: ICMS, Life Cycles and Solutions
3) Supporting of Sustainable Development

The presented content included an update on the CIB paper jointly prepared with the RICS’ Dr Anil Sawhney for the W070 conference in Trondheim, Norway in May 2023. This latest Decarbonisation webinar also clearly articulated our industry’s Sustainability needs statement and the Decarbonisation challenge, providing details of the role of Standards and the FM profession in meeting this global challenge.

“If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it” Peter Drucker (1909-2005)

Standards matter … they provide us with a basis for enhanced understanding and improved performance across a range of activities necessary for progressing solutions.

Decarbonatization is no different, solutions seeking will benefit from systematic analysis and transparency of products, processes and projects.

There are many available resources, including the International Cost Management Standards, 3rd edition (ICMS#3) which provides us with an approach for consistent integrated life cycle cost and carbon emissions reporting. MECLA’s Dictionary of Carbon (2022) providing a useful carbon vocabulary. Plus the soon to be published, ISO/TR 41019 shall contribute context on sustainability, resilience and adaptability in the management of our Built Environment, supporting ESG principles and aligning with the UN’s sustainable development goals (SDGs).

FM professionals have a key role in implementing a holistic carbon facility strategy.  This includes the analysis and benchmarking of the costs or availability of low-carbon products, materials, and components. Integrated life cycle cost analysis and reporting provides a powerful communications tool for Built Environment influencers and decision-makers.
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Stephen Ballesty
FMCC Regional Director – Australasia & Southeast Asia

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