Last reviewed 21 February 2014

Government and construction industry leaders have met to mark the second anniversary of the Green Construction Board (CBG). They announced it will continue its work for a further two years, with its focus a reduction in industry carbon emissions.

Business and Energy Minister Michael Fallon joined with Peter Hansford, the Government’s Chief Construction Adviser, and Mike Putnam, CEO and President of Skanska UK, to chair a panel discussion, as well as hear reports from the GCB’s working groups about the activities they have carried out during the past 12 months.

Mr Fallon said: “The GCB is a good example of how our industrial strategy is bringing together Government and industry leaders to work in partnership and really listen to each other. This will see us address key issues in construction, such as carbon emissions, as well as understanding and capitalising on the prospects for growth.”

The Goverment said the GCB’s achievements include bringing industry and government together in seven working groups that are:

  • “delivering a comprehensive programme of activity”

  • developing a Low-Carbon Routemap for the Built Environment that sets out actions, together with key performance indicators that can be used to deliver and measure progress in meeting the Routemap’s 2050 target

  • publishing the Infrastructure Carbon Review, a report that makes clear to industry that reducing carbon reduces costs

  • producing “top 20 tips” guidance on reducing water usage.