Skip to content

Carbon and Energy

View all resources for this issue

Australia’s construction industry is energy-intensive, accounting for approximately 25% of the nation’s total energy consumption and 7.4% of Australia’s total annual greenhouse gas emissions. The construction and infrastructure sectors also contribute significantly to the total transport emissions of the nation.

It is evident that the construction and infrastructure sectors have a responsibility to effectively manage their carbon and energy impacts in order to tackle climate change. There is increasing demand from governments, clients, contractors and businesses to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions entering the atmosphere.

A vital tool in effectively managing your carbon and energy and reducing your impacts across the business is carbon foot printing. This method records the total carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions incurred by an organisation, product making, or sometimes a project.
Carbon foot printing takes into account both operational (e.g. direct energy consumption and transport related emissions) and embodied carbon. Embodied carbon relates to emissions released in the context of materials and includes activities related to the construction of a building, including the extraction, manufacture and production, and transportation of materials. 

International standards are available to help you measure and monitor your carbon footprint including ISO 14064 - Greenhouse Gases and the Greenhouse Gas Protocol.