CO2nstruct Zero: CLC Calls for Industry Collaboration

Construct Zero worker in front of sunset

THIS WEEK the Construction Leadership Council launched a new industry change program called ConstructZero.

The program is a cross-industry approach to drive carbon out of all parts of the construction sector, from manufacturing and design to construction and operation of assets.

Andy Mitchell, CLC Co-Chair

In a release by Andy Mitchell, Co-chair Construction leadership Council, he says “the construction industry must come to terms with the impact of the built environment on the climate.”

Construction Industry Climate Collaboration

Pointing to the collaborative effort of the construction industry under the auspices of the CLC, Andy Mitchell continued “We must now bring the same spirit and energy to addressing the climate emergency. If our industry is to thrive, we must proactively address the challenges we face before it is too late.

“From the fantastic work of CLC members like the Green Construction Board and the Infrastructure Client Group working with the ICE in developing technical solutions and pathways, to the incredible innovation being delivered on sites by contractors across the UK every day, many in our industry are already grappling with this challenge.

“However, given the complexity of the task we face, it is understandable that many others, from SMEs to larger companies, need more help and support to understand how best to address the changes that need to be made.

“As a result, although we’re making progress in places, as a whole the sector is not moving at the speed it needs to. The good work and innovation that exists is not systematic and is often duplicated.

“New solutions must be shared and rolled out across the industry; and people must be willing to champion collaborative change.

“In short, we must find a way to work more effectively together.”

CLC ConstructZero Action Plan

The CLC is seen as having a critical role to play in bringing people together both to plan for the sector and drive change through sharing innovative solutions and setting goals and actions.

The CLC Chair says that in practice, that will mean:

  • Consolidating current industry efforts into a single programme and plan of action to deliver against the COnstructZero priorities
  • Setting out clear and ambitious targets to demonstrate that the sector is making the right progress
  • Championing the policy change we’ll need to see from Government
  • Signpost people across our industry towards the action they can take.

Apart from convening ‘ConstructZero’, the CLC will be using its skills workstream to develop a ‘Net Zero supply chain’. This will develop an understanding of the industry’s skills needs to create high-value green tech jobs in construction.

CLC will also work with its member trade bodies to change expectations and ambitions amongst UK construction clients and consumers. To help creates consistent demand for low carbon options.

Additionally, CLC will share the industry’s performance data and report on successes and our failures each quarter, including to government.

Net Zero 2050

Andy Mitchell finished by stating, “None of this is going to be easy, and I appreciate that for many people it may seem totally out of reach. However, the last 12 months have shown us what we’re capable of when we work together.

“We need everyone to work together – and we need people to step up as champions of the industry that will help to drive behaviour change and support others to tackle these challenges.

“We’ve seen the transformative impact that collective ambition has had on our industry’s standing with Government during COVID, who are now clear that the construction industry must be a key partner in the drive to reach UK Net Zero by 2050.

“But more importantly, we have a responsibility to the people who work on our projects and to those who use our buildings and infrastructure to find a better way to build – one that creates a built environment that is sustainable for the future.”

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