New partnership to encourage green construction
A joint project between the Carbon Trust and a forum for builders aims to help construction firms make green buildings.
The trust and the Strategic Forum for Construction (SFfC), have come together to help construction companies meet the targets of the joint government and industry Strategy for Sustainable Construction.
The first phase of the project, due to complete at the end of 2009, will focus on setting a baseline and identifying opportunities to meet the strategy’s target of a 15% cut in construction and related transport carbon emissions on 2008 levels by 2012.
The trust’s director of solutions, Hugh Jones, said: “Our industry experience indicates that processes and transport make up 90% of the industry’s footprint.
“We have been very successful at identifying and delivering significant reductions in other sectors and expect this project to find ways to cut carbon emissions by at least 150,000 tonnes of CO2 each year.”
Bovis Lend Lease Dr Paul Toyne, who chairs the SFfC’s workgroup on climate change, added: “Over 400 companies in the construction industry have pledged to meet the 15% target of the Strategy for Sustainable Construction, including the biggest names in the business.
“Collaboration between companies and industry bodies is vital if we are to find cost-effective means of reducing emissions in the long term as well as achieving immediate targets.
“The Carbon Trust’s expertise will be invaluable in helping us work together to find practical and effective ways to reach this goal by 2012.”