Low carbon concrete will be the main material used in building the UK’s flood defences, the Environment Agency (EA) said today.
The announcement is part of a new net zero roadmap revealed by the EA, which estimates more than half of the organisation’s carbon dioxide emissions currently come from its construction of flood defences.
The low carbon solution has previously been used to build sea defences on the south Kent coast, a measure which is believed to have helped cut more than 1,600 tonnes of carbon dioxide from the footprint of the project there.
The organisation aims to shrink its carbon footprint by 45% by 2030 – it plans to use energy efficient pumps to help move water away from homes during floods and aims to switch to only electric vehicles within two years.
It will also allow its staff support to continue to work from home to lower their commuting emissions.
Sir James Bevan, Chief Executive of the EA, said: “We will integrate net zero into every aspect of our work over the coming decade.
“By learning, sharing best practice and partnering with our suppliers, businesses and communities across the country, we will do everything we can to play our part in becoming a net zero nation and tackling the climate emergency that we all face.”