What is EMBODIED CARBON?
Embodied carbon in general, quantifies the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the construction, lifetime and demolition of a building or infrastructure project, including all its materials. This amount can be used further to determine the total Carbon Footprint of the building and account for all CO₂ and other greenhouse gas emissions associated throughout its lifetime.
The quantity itself is “embodied carbon dioxide equivalent” or “global warming potential” measured in kilograms of carbon dioxide.
Embodied carbon for cable quantifies the greenhouse gas emissions associated with manufacture of the cable right up to the factory gate. This includes excavation, transportation and processing of all the constituents such as copper, steel and XLPE, the manufacturing processes such as insulation and armouring and then final testing and packaging of the cable. It does not include greenhouse gases associated with the operation of the cable during its lifetime; embodied carbon is published by Prysmian Group limited to the manufacture of a cable.