Last reviewed 28 October 2021

Construction Leadership Council (CLC) co-chairman Andy Mitchell has called on the construction industry to redouble its efforts in the fight against carbon.

He was drawing attention to the Council’s CO2nstructZero initiative, which is co-ordinating cross-sector activities to drive carbon out of the industry.

Mr Mitchell has also announced a raft of new companies that have been appointed as CO2nstructZero Business Champions to provide leadership to the sector, with credible and visible plans to cut carbon within their businesses.

They include Arup, BAM UK, Ferrovial Construction, GKR Scaffolding and Velux.

Mr Mitchell said: “As an industry we will only meet our climate change ambitions if we collaborate rather than compete over carbon. These businesses have agreed to share the brilliant work that they are doing to help other companies in all parts of our industry to develop their own strategies to reduce carbon.”

He highlighted that, since the Climate Change Act became law in 2008, BAM UK has more than halved its direct emissions intensity associated with the fuels and energy it uses.

It was also one of the first organisations in the industry to have an approved Science Based Target and its UK operating companies are the first in the construction industry to receive a Platinum Award for the Certified Emissions Measurement and Reduction Scheme (CEMARS), recognising over a decade of consistent measurement and continuous reduction of annual UK carbon emissions.

“This is going to be the defining challenge for our industry in the coming years,” Mr Mitchell concluded. “I want to encourage every UK construction business to get on board with the CO2nstructZero programme so that we can work together to deliver a better future and drive out carbon.”