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Addressing Decarbonization in the Construction of Capital Projects

Objective and Questions

The goal of this research is to identify practices and methods to track carbon in the delivery of capital projects. Note that the focus will be on materials manufacturing, transportation, and construction/installation. Raw materials extraction, facilities use/operations phase, and end of life are outside the scope of this research. The main questions to be addressed in this project include:
  • Which metrics are most appropriate to track decarbonization, embodied carbon, and emissions? Do standard measures exist for installed quantities of materials, such as cubic yards of concrete, dia-inch of pipe, tons of steel, length of conduit or cable, etc.?
  • What is the current approach for decarbonization in capital projects? Do we have a current threshold we are starting from? What are all the sources of carbon in a project – the primary (on-site), secondary (logistics, travel), and tertiary (manufacturing)? Do these processes vary in different types of projects? If so, how to account for the differences?
  • Are there any design considerations and techniques we can implement that encourage decarbonization considerations during design?

Expected Outcomes

The main expected outcomes of this project include:
  1. A clear description of what decarbonization means to the capital projects industry
  2. A playbook, tool, template, or catalog to evaluate emissions sources
  3. A process to inventory and measure strategies for decarbonization in a project.

Expected (Business) Value for CII Members

Board members noted that this is a key topic for the future of the industry, and practices related to carbon performance may become as critical as cost and schedule in the future. Therefore, this topic is expected to address a key project delivery competency for both owners and contractors.



Doug Dietrich, Burns & McDonnell

Vice Chair

Vinay Kirpalaney, Ontario Power Generation


Jim Alloway, LyondellBasell

Rahim Baharudin, Petronas

Perry Barker, U.S. Department of Energy

Nicole Beaver, McDermott International, Inc.

Cheryl Beuning, Fluor Corporation

Ravi Bhamidipati, Victaulic

Alfreda Brewer, The Procter & Gamble Company

Guilherme Candia Donat, Braskem S.A.

YuTeck Chuong, Albemarle Corporation

Nishadi Davis, Wood

Kae Densirimongkol, Hilti Corporation

Tyler Dollar, Hargrove Engineers + Constructors

Tom Eline, Anheuser-Busch InBev

Tony Ermovick, U.S. Department of Energy

Kurt Ernst, Linde North America

Fabio Giancoli Barreto, Alvarez & Marsal

Richard Gunn, TC Energy

Hassan Helmy, Autodesk, Inc.

Jordan Hoff, Kahua, Inc.

David Kerr, Shell

Edward King, ExxonMobil Corporation

Maria Lizardo, Pathfinder, LLC

Ashraf Nabhani, Marathon Petroleum Corporation

Peter Poggi, Tennessee Valley Authority

Heloisa Schmidt, Bechtel Group, Inc.

Bec Sigrist, Oracle USA, Inc.

Jamie Varkey, Deloitte

Elizabeth Wanga, U.S. General Services Administration

Majid Yami, Aramco Services Company


Fernanda Leite, The University of Texas at Austin

Chris Rausch, The University of Texas at Austin


A. Pozzer, The University of Texas at Austin

Launched 2023