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Independent and transparent information to support the work

Published 8.12.2022

Decision-making requires an open knowledge base that is of high-quality and can be used as a basis for comparisons. Impacts are assessed and costs are calculated so that the impacts of transport infrastructure management would be known in advance. In 2022, the Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency took a leap forward in the calculation of costs and climate impacts of infrastructure construction.

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Project part calculation, the latest service of the cost accounting system for infrastructure projects, was presented in November. Project part calculation makes the cost impacts of planning solutions transparent.

“In IHKU, every effort has been made to ensure easy cost accounting. In project part calculation, too, the first cost estimate can already be produced with very limited source data and the list of structural components can be reviewed alongside this cost estimate. In this version, project part calculation can be used to calculate such matters as the costs of a new street, road, bridge or railway line or landscaping work,” explains Ari Huomo, Development Manager at the Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency.

The project plan calculation system will be made operational in early 2023. For more information about infrastructure project cost accounting, go to: https://ihkuallianssi.fi/

Emissions database supports the efforts to reduce carbon footprint of infrastructure construction

The emissions database, which will be published on 9 December 2022, will give everyone open and free access to information about the carbon emissions generated by the products and materials commonly used in infrastructure construction.

“Emissions data will be utilised in the project planning phase when the impacts and profitability of the investment are evaluated. The emissions can be calculated for the whole life cycle of the of the road, railway or waterway,” explains Karoliina Saarniaho, Environmental Specialist at the Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency.

“In addition to the emissions database, we have also developed an assessment method to ensure comparable and uniform calculations. The method can also be used in the assessment of environmental impacts and it supports the efforts to achieve low-carbon infrastructure construction in the public sector.”
 


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