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Reference Number WPD_NIA_062
Title Approach for Long-term Planning accounting for Carbon Assessment (ALPACA)
Status Completed
Energy Categories Other Power and Storage Technologies(Electricity transmission and distribution) 10%;
Other Cross-Cutting Technologies or Research(Environmental, social and economic impacts) 90%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Project Contact
No email address given
Western Power Distribution (WPD) - East Midlands
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 January 2022
End Date 31 March 2023
Duration ENA months
Total Grant Value £240,473
Industrial Sectors Power
Region East Midlands
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , Western Power Distribution (WPD) - East Midlands (100.000%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Western Power Distribution (0.000%)
Project Contact , SP Energy Networks (0.000%)
Web Site https://smarter.energynetworks.org/projects/WPD_NIA_062
Objectives The project will be delivered through a collection of four interlinked work packages: Work Package 1: Literature Review and best practice captureThis work package will focus on identifying effective frameworks, methodologies and approaches to whole life carbon management across various infrastructure sectors that can be applicable as a basis in a DNO context. Special attention of the literature review will be on the approaches that can drive carbon reduction from DNOs design, construction, reinforcement and maintenance activities.  Work Package 2: Stakeholder EngagementWPD internal and external stakeholders will be consulted in order to build up a process map showing the key touch points for carbon management, with information on the relevant team involved, key activities, data availability, and the outputs requirements to support active whole-life carbon management.  Work Package 3: Guidance on embedding and integrating whole life carbon management and measuring across business processes and systems Building on the findings from work package 2, work package 3 will draft a detailed guidance on how to integrate whole-life carbon management into typical DNOs processes and systems, allowing teams and individuals across the business to monitor and report the carbon impacts of their activities so that they can proactively manage these impacts as they plan and develop projects. Some of the details to be captured are: users who need to be involved at each stage of the assessment; the activity data, datasets likely to be relevant, data gaps, the data flow over time, etc. Work Package 4: Development of whole life Carbon measuring toolThe tool will be developed and trialled within a DNO context with an ultimate goal of incorporating proactive carbon management, enabling internal teams to use reliable carbon data to inform decision making in support of network decarbonisation. Whole life carbon management is widely recognised as a good practice, however, there is currently no industry-wide approach that was tested to be easily scalable in a DNOs context. This project aims to generate carbon management framework and a set of tools to facilitate the integration of whole life carbon assessment into DNOs processes and procedures to drive carbon reduction agenda and ensure compliance with national and company-specific reduction targets. This project will develop a framework/methodology and supporting tools for integration of whole life carbon management and measuring into standard DNO processes and procedures. 
Abstract ALPACA project will look to develop a framework and a toolset for the whole life carbon management and measuring across varies DNO business processes and activities in order to drive a lower carbon and more resource-efficient model for power distribution industry. Specifically, the outputs of the work will include:Whole Life Carbon (WLC) Management Framework with a supplementing process map and an action plan.WLC Measuring tool.A sustainability procurement protocol with integrated carbon weighting component.A formal procedure to capture carbon footprint of the material, equipment and activities we procure. 
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Added to Database 02/11/22