“One of our top priorities is to reduce carbon emissions, and we are keen to explore any new opportunities that help us,” explains Ferrovial Construction’s Innovation Manager for the UK and Ireland, Efi Tzoura. “The tool proved to be very valuable, and our trial generated interest among our suppliers, some of whom are now working together to develop innovations that could reduce their carbon footprints.”
Looper is designed to simplify the carbon management of construction projects and materials, in order for lifecycle emissions to be accurately assessed and reduced. Action can then be taken from both contractors and suppliers if outputs are deemed to be too high.
The artificial intelligence-enabled software works by aggregating data on carbon emissions for every component of a scheme – including ingredients to make concrete, steel, cables and pipework – allowing users to make informed decisions about how to cut their environmental footprints. The system also speeds up the process of obtaining Environmental Product Declarations.
Looper’s Chief Executive, Yiqiang Zhao explains that conventional carbon calculation systems rely on data received from many sources, and whose accuracy may be difficult to determine. But their new system takes carbon data directly from material manufacturers.
“Suppliers send information to the system, and clients with ambitions to reduce their carbon can use the software to create a plan and reduce their emissions by a set amount,” he says.
At Heathrow, his company worked with Ferrovial Construction’s supply chain to refine the accuracy of the carbon detail received, to help make improvements to the software.
Looper’s Chief Technology Officer, Shashwat Ganguly adds that contractors using the software can initially set a benchmark for carbon consumption, and see how much they can reduce emissions against that figure. “But it can be a balancing act of reducing carbon versus the commercial viability of making a change,” he says.