Construction carbon reduction routemap unveiled

Aaron Morby 10 years ago

The Green Construction Board has called for urgent action to reduce carbon emissions as it publishes a new plan to meet national carbon reduction targets.

The low carbon routemap for the built environment was launched by former government chief construction adviser Paul Morrell at Ecobuild who has led its development.

The routemap sets out what is required from the construction industry to achieve its UK government target of an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 levels by 2050.

The GCB also published its ‘Top Twenty Tips’ for greening the industry and launched a case study engine to help firms find examples of good practice.

Key findings

  • Meeting the 80% reduction target for construction is technically possible, but very challenging
  • Success is dependant on improving the economic viability of technical solutions and addressing market failures
  • Taking responsibility for carbon reduction at an industry level is essential
  • The drive to 80% carbon reduction represents an economic opportunity, particularly in retrofitting domestic buildings.

Mike Putnam, Skanska UK boss and co-chair of the Green Construction Board said: “The Routemap is a valuable contribution to our understanding of the key decision points and actions needed over time, against the 2050 target of 80% reduction in carbon emissions.

“It will help inform the ongoing dialogue between government and industry and shows that even closer collaboration is required going forward.

“I firmly believe that it is possible to significantly reduce carbon by applying clear leadership and challenging solutions, focussing upon whole life costs of the asset, covering both capital and operational carbon, as well as costs.”

GCB Co-chair and Business Minister Michael Fallon said: “This Routemap will help shape our Industrial Strategy for construction as we plan for the long term.”

The Industrial Strategy for construction will be launched in the summer.

It is expected to cover growth and innovation; supply chain; SME engagement; skills; access to finance and overseas trade.

Ministers stress the strategy will build on, but not duplicate, the work of the GCB, the Infrastructure UK Cost Review, and the Government Construction Board.

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