Lower Thames Crossing, National Highways

Lower Thames Crossing, National Highways

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The Lower Thames Crossing (LTC) is a proposed new road and tunnel, connecting to the A2 and M2 in Kent, passing through a tunnel under the River Thames, before linking to the A13 in Thurrock, and junction 29 of the M25 in the London Borough of Havering, north of the Thames. It is being designed to ease congestion on the Dartford Crossing and boost the economy by creating a new crossing over the Thames east of London.

The LTC has been designated a Pathfinder project that is exploring ways to be carbon neutral in construction. The project team has set a low carbon baseline for the construction phase of the project and developed a carbon calculator to inform decisions on carbon reduction based on standards set in “PAS2080:2016 Carbon Management in Infrastructure.” 

As part of this process, National Highways appointed UKCRIC Ltd to carry out an independent assurance that the carbon calculations are accurately capturing all the substantive emissions resulting from this project. The assessment of the carbon calculator was completed via a collaborative project with six UKCRIC partner universities: University of Cambridge, University of Manchester, Cranfield University, University of Edinburgh, Loughborough University, and University College London. The review team assessed compliance with PAS2080:2016 processes; whether the assumptions made reflect wider good practice for carbon assessment; the quality of data and accuracy of data processing; and whether the indicative results of the carbon calculator for carbon savings compare with low carbon good practice in the construction industry.

To read more about this work, see what National Highways has to say about it.

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