Solutions for a net zero carbon future
With the UK committed to a Clean Growth Strategy and becoming the first major economy to commit to a target of net zero CO2 emissions by 2050, WSP is helping clients across sectors meet the decarbonisation challenge and transition to a zero carbon future.
Electric transport is a vital part of a net zero future. We are helping cities develop infrastructure for electric vehicles, delivering schemes like HS2 that provide lower-carbon ways to travel, and researching how trains could be fuelled by hydrogen. The WSP team designing HS2’s Curzon Street Station in Birmingham has achieved a 47% reduction in lifetime carbon, which equates to more than 86.5MkgCO2e – equivalent to 18,804 return flights from London to Hong Kong.
Designing low-carbon buildingS
We already design buildings which use heat pumps for heating and cooling, reducing their CO2 emissions by up to 70% in comparison with gas boilers. Mindful of the fact that 80% of the UK’s existing infrastructure will still be here in 2050 and beyond, we place as much importance on retrofitting to reduce CO2 emissions – helping companies like BT and IKEA develop zero-carbon strategies for heating and cooling.
Cutting industry CO2 emissionS
How can we decarbonise energy-intensive industries such as manufacturing, steel, cement and agriculture? What ideas and technologies will be needed to help industrial areas reach net zero. We have been advising the UK government about this challenge for many years and our report formed the basis for the government’s 2050 Industrial Decarbonisation Roadmaps. These identified key technologies for decarbonisation, most notably carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS).
Engineers, designers and planners are absolutely key to the zero carbon transition. It’s this set who will design the supply of low-carbon power, deliver a vehicle charging network and develop carbon capture and storage technologies.