DecarbonomicsTM to Accelerate Journey to Net Zero

SNC-Lavalin, a fully integrated professional services and project management company with offices around the world, launches DecarbonomicsTM, a data-driven solution to decarbonise the built environment in a cost-effective way and accelerate the global journey to net zero.

The DecarbonomicsTM initiative builds on SNC-Lavalin’s methods and practices to deliver high-performing buildings and developments, interconnected by smart and green systems and infrastructure. It is being launched as both private and public sectors are looking at ways to reduce their carbon emissions at pace as the built environment contributes around 40% of global carbon emissions and most of the buildings that will exist in 2050 are already built.

“Creating the net zero communities of the future relies, in part, on effective decarbonization of existing assets. DecarbonomicsTM is a concrete example of how we can help clients meet their net zero targets and is in line with our comprehensive Engineering Net Zero approach,” said Ian L. Edwards, President and CEO, SNC-Lavalin. “We provide sustainable solutions by connecting people, data and technology in partnership with clients such as the UK Government Property Agency, delivering decarbonization for its 450-building portfolio.”

DecarbonomicsTM brings together SNC-Lavalin’s expertise and knowledge of building services, engineering design, asset management, project management, cost consulting, data analytics and data visualizations. Founded on the decarbonization of existing building portfolios, DecarbonomicsTM is an end-to-end service based on a simple three-step approach of benchmarking, road mapping and delivery of an organization’s decarbonization program:

  • Benchmark: develop a carbon baseline
  • Roadmap: design a cost-effective carbon reduction pathway
  • Deliver: implement SNC-Lavalin’s carbon reduction solutions

The three-step approach is underpinned by Carbon Data Insights, a diverse mix of global open-source benchmark databases as well as SNC-Lavalin’s own rich building data library. The result is a decarbonized estate, achieved through the strategy for achieving carbon reduction from behaviour change to building retrofit interventions, and measuring progress across the portfolio and asset lifecycle.

“DecarbonomicsTM is founded on the principle of systems thinking and brings our diverse expertise and knowledge of the built environment and buildings together in a way that enables us to make carbon visible at the portfolio level. This empowers our clients to make much more informed decisions about their investments in decarbonization,” said Stuart McLaren, the DecarbonomicsTM Development Director, SNC-Lavalin.


About Decarbonomics

Decarbonomics is a new service proposition from SNC-Lavalin, Atkins and Faithful+Gould, providing a data-driven portfolio level approach to removing carbon from the built environment.

Decarbonomics enables owners and occupiers of building portfolios of any scale (whether they own or lease them), to successfully decarbonise their entire building estate through the development and implementation of cost-effective and programme-optimised Net Zero pathways.

By combining the project management and cost management expertise of F+G, with the design and engineering excellence of Atkins, the result is a powerful proposition that makes decarbonisation a financial and practical reality for building portfolio owners and occupiers.


Key features and benefits

Decarbonomics is an end-to-end service, providing whole life support across three core areas of benchmarking, road mapping and delivery.

This ground-breaking service brings together people, data, and technology to provide the following features and benefits:

  • An enterprise level view of the client’s current carbon baseline and benchmarked performance.
  • Industry-leading programme management systems to create cost and programme optimised delivery plans, and the ability to track performance.
  • End-to-end expertise and advice on the wide array of interventions and options for optimising your decarbonisation journey.
  • Industry-leading programme management and asset management tools and processes, integrated into an unprecedented decarbonisation platform.
  • A simple and fully dynamic end-to-end dashboard enabling clients to track and drill down on estates performance at any stage of the journey.
  • Decarbonomics has also been developed to provide the required information to support the development of robust investment cases to help the clients secure the necessary finances and funding needed to deliver a Net Zero future.

For the first time, Decarbonomics from SNC-Lavalin will provide clients with a complete picture of carbon presence across their entire building estate, whatever the size and scale through accessible and easy to use interactive dashboards.

Decarbonomics is the first end to end solution enabling organisations to accelerate their Net Zero plans into delivery in the most cost and programme effective way, whilst minimising risk and maximising investment and funding opportunities.

Decarbonomics is market ready and can be delivered today without the need for clients to invest in additional technology or resources. SNC-Lavalin delivers end-to-end.

Carbon Data Insights provides a diverse mix of global open-source benchmark databases as well as SNC-Lavalin’s own rich building data library to fill in gaps in any data.



In July 2021, SNC-Lavalin has been appointed by the Government of the United Kingdom as Net Zero and Life Cycle Replacement Program Delivery partner to ensure that over four million square feet of public sector office space meet enhanced sustainability standards as part of a major investment to accelerate its Net Zero agenda. The six-year contract is within SNCL Engineering Services, the cornerstone of SNC-Lavalin’s strategy to greater growth.

SNC-Lavalin’s role with the UK Government Property Agency adds to a growing portfolio of Net Zero work advising public and private sector clients across the energy, infrastructure, and transportation sectors. The Company launched its Vision for Engineering a Sustainable Society with enhanced Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) targets, including a Routemap to achieving Net Zero Carbon emissions by 2030. It has also published two reports, which examine the blueprint to achieve net zero carbon targets by 2050: Engineering Net Zero Summary Report (UK) and Engineering Net Zero Technical Report (Canada).

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