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Construction making ‘promising progress’ towards net zero, CLC reports

by Sion Geschwindt
New data from the CLC shows that the UK construction sector continues to make good progress in its efforts to cut carbon.

New data shows that the UK construction sector continues to make good progress in its efforts to cut carbon from its activities.

The new data was released as part of the third update to the Construction Leadership Council’s (CLC) CO2nstruct Zero performance framework.

First published in July 2021, the Performance Framework provides a sector-level dashboard of progress towards net zero.

It tests whether industry is living up to its commitments to cut carbon using 28 metrics, linked to nine CO2nstruct Zero priorities. These include volumes of domestic low carbon retrofits delivered, amount of non-diesel plant being used, and cuts in energy used for production of key materials.

CLC said that there has been progress on retrofit skills this quarter, with a positive increase in the number of retrofit co-ordinators (to a total of 506), from the second report. However, it stressed the urgency to accelerate progress to meet the 30,000 target by 2028.

On decarbonisation, the number of large businesses that have adopted the PAS 2080 accreditation for carbon management has risen from six to 10, with an aim for all big firms in the sector to meet this goal by 2025.

CO2nstruct Zero Partners

The CLC also announced another two new ‘business champions’ – Gilbert Ash Ltd and TClarke, and the addition of National Highways’ Lower Thames Crossing project as its latest CO2nstruct Zero Partner.

National Highways is designing the Lower Thames Crossing to be the ‘greenest road built in the UK’ and has designated it a ‘Pathfinder project’ that explores ways to become carbon neutral in construction.

Andrew Kidd, Lower Thames Crossing Solutions and Outcomes Director, National Highways said: “We’re proud to be a Pathfinder project, seeking ways to bring low and zero carbon innovation to commercial scale and accelerate the transition of construction to Net Zero.

“Our partnership with CO2nstruct Zero will allow us to learn and share best practices, and push the boundaries of what we can achieve together as an industry.”

Alongside the Performance Framework, the CLC has also published a joint CO2nstruct Zero/Green Construction Board Policy Progress Map, identifying current government ambition and policy development in relation to each CO2nstruct Zero Performance Framework metric, to support industry in driving change.

It is not an indicator of, or a risk rating to measure, the relevant Government policy and does not preclude industry from undertaking activity that progresses towards achieving metrics. The Scotland column reflects that many key net-zero policy areas are devolved to Scotland.

The CLC will be engaging in the near future with Welsh colleagues.

CLC Deputy Co-chair, Richard Robinson, said: “I welcome this report and the excellent progress that it documents. We still have lots more work to do, but the commitment of the sector to play a leading role in getting the UK to net zero is evident.

“The challenge now is to accelerate delivery across all of the CO2nstruct Zero priorities. I look supporting that effort during my tenure with the CLC.”

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