Judy Too

Project title: Standardising carbon neutrality in delivery of complex projects.

Aim of the project :
To develop a cost-decarbonisation framework that evaluates the trade-off between operational emissions, embodied emissions and cost for various building envelope insulation designs.

Project description: 
The construction industry accounts for approximately a quarter of the global carbon emissions and is the largest consumer of materials and energy. Drastic transformational changes in the planning and delivery of construction projects can therefore have a significant impact on the extent of carbon emissions generated, aiding in the achievement of the 2050 carbon neutrality target outlined in the Paris Agreement. Carbon neutrality suggests achieving zero emissions by reducing emissions where practical and compensating for the remaining emissions by investing in carbon offset projects.

This research seeks to examine the trade-off between cost and the environmental impact of various decarbonisation strategies to develop a cost-decarbonisation framework for complex projects. Since projects operate in cost-constrained environments, this framework will guide decision making on high impact decarbonisation alternatives that will achieve carbon neutrality at optimal cost.

What did you do before you started your PhD?
Before starting my PhD, I pursued a master’s programme in Engineering Project Management at the University of Manchester. My dissertation, together with other research studies that I was involved in sparked an interest in me to pursue further research. Prior to that, I worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) as an Assurance Associate where I supported clients in different sectors to deliver their external audit reports.

What are the challenges of your research role? 
Working remotely as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic has presented some challenges in data collection and tested my resilience as a researcher. I have learnt to adapt my research approach to the current situation and manage my time well to meet the milestones and deadlines of both institutions.

What is the best part of your research role?
Although the PhD journey is a challenging process, the potential of this research to make a real impact in society greatly motivates me. I am excited to contribute to addressing climate change, which is one of the most critical global challenges.

I am also grateful to be a part of an international collaboration. I have gained a global perspective on problem solving and have been exposed to a variety of resources and networks that I would not have otherwise had.

Where do you wish to go after your PhD? Do you want to enter industry or continue doing more research? 
I am driven by a passion to make a positive impact on the world around me. I hope to be able to get more opportunities to conduct impactful research.