Contractors and Clients Sign Up to Government Scheme to cut Carbon

posted 28.11.2013

A new Government scheme to reduce carbon emissions in major infrastructure work has received backing from nine contractors as well as major clients, consultants and trade bodies.

It is the aim of the initiative to reduce as much as 24m tonnes of carbon a year by 2050. It is hoped that this can be combined with some sizable cost savings with 1.46bn being targeted a year.

Contractors to have signed up to the scheme are Balfour Beatty, BAM Nuttall, Carillion, The Clancy Group, Galliford Try, JN Bentley, Laing O? Rourke, Murphy Group and Skanska.

The scheme has also received pledges from several major clients such as the Highways Agency, Heathrow Airport, EDF, National Gris, Anglian Water, and Defence Infrastructure.

The pledge coincides with the launch of the Infrastructure Carbon Review. Approximately half of UK carbon emissions can be attributed to infrastructure and related sectors such as energy.

The review has been developed in partnership between Government and industry, within the document a number of key actions have been set out to meet the targets. The construction industry has been challenged to create real change to deliver in line with the new strategy.

One key area that has been identified is to reduce the vast consumption of materials in the industry and use existing resources more efficiently.

Recipro sourced this article from the Construction Enquirer.

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