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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.

Why do I need EMBODIED CARBON?
 

Construction clients increasingly require carbon footprint details for the whole lifetime of their new construction. Cables for energy, telecom and data systems feature prominently in buildings and also play a role in its energy efficiency. Engineers determine the building’s carbon footprint, and they need embodied carbon data for all components, including cables, to do this effectively.

What is Prysmian Group solution for EMBODIED CARBON?
 

Prysmian Group has designed, manufactured and delivered millions of metres of thousands of cable types for over a hundred years. Our expertise covers data, telecom, energy cables and cable systems all of which have been essential components of buildings. Prysmian Group's integrated systems approach uses our engineering, purchasing and manufacturing functions to capture the embodied carbon dioxide equivalent for each cable, at every step of its journey.

We publish "kg eCO₂e" based upon ECOINVENT data and methodologies as ‘cradle to gate’ and allows engineers to use all Prysmian Group cables and establish the carbon footprint in the form suitable for your client.

*Prysmian Group FP200 GOLD datasheet and subsequent embodied carbon figures are not final and are subject to changes

How do I get Prysmian Group embodied carbon dioxide equivalent data?
 

Prysmian Group embodied carbon dioxide equivalent data will be available for standard building cables including all low voltage armoured cables, low smoke zero halogen cables and fire resistant cables (FP cables). We will publish for each permutation of conductor sizes and core combination for each cable type and will be found on our datasheets, located ONLY on uk.prysmiangroup.com.

Prysmian Group use ECOINVENT in conjunction with our own systems to capture embodied carbon dioxide equivalent data and we will update datasheets for every new release. Our systems are reviewed automatically and periodically which allows us to incorporate design changes such as material improvements, machine efficiencies or energy source, so the datasheet on uk.prysmiangroup.com will always be the most up to date version.

Just visit uk-catalogue.prysmiangroup.com to access all current Prysmian Group cable datasheets.

When will Prysmian Group embodied carbon dioxide equivalent data be available for my cable?
 

Throughout 2023 Prysmian Group will release embodied carbon dioxide equivalent data onto datasheets but should your project require this before please ‘contact us’ through our website and we can discuss your requirements and get to a solution.