One Click LCA, a Finland-based construction life-cycle assessment (LCA) software provider, has unveiled a new biodiversity net gain (BNG) tool designed for British developers.  

The latest announcement was made at the Carbon Experts Summit event in London, UK.  

It also follows the BNG mandate that came into effect on 12 February 2024 in the country.

The legislation requires all new building projects to achieve a minimum 10% net increase in biodiversity or habitat. 

One Click LCA CEO Panu Pasanen said: “The BNG mandate is an important step towards tackling construction’s impact on our environment.  

“We are delighted to help the construction industry to support UK nationwide biodiversity goals, improving public health and boosting climate resilience.” 

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The tool is designed to facilitate and expedite BNG assessments during the initial stages of construction projects. 

It will help embed BNG into the project’s design from the outset, ensuring that the assessments are in line with the development’s goals and processes. 

In collaboration with UKHab, the BNG tool uses the UK Habitat Classification System to ensure that the results are consistent with the UK government’s statutory biodiversity metric tool.  

One Click LCA biodiversity product specialist James Thornton said: “Between October and December last year, there were 85,200 applications for planning permission in England.  

“The status quo of outsourcing to ecologists can’t meet this demand alone and developers must embed biodiversity net gain into their projects from day one. We’re proud to partner with UKHab and help empower design teams to deliver results for biodiversity with our tools.”  

Earlier this month, One Click LCA announced a partnership with MEP 2040, a movement aimed at decarbonising building systems.