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Green Construction Board lays out carbon reduction targets

8 March 2013 No Comment

A new plan to meet national carbon reduction targets in the construction industry has been unveiled as experts continue to make calls for a reduction in emissions, reports constructionenquirer.com.

The Green Construction Board, the body calling for urgent action on the issue, has lifted the lid on a low carbon routemap for the industry. It intends to lay down what is required from the industry to achieve its UK government target of an 80 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 levels by 2050.

Carbon reduction should be a key objective in the design process

Construction manager and engineer working on building site

The board has also published its ‘Top Twenty Tips’ report for making the industry even greener, reports greenconstructionboard.org.

It believes taking responsibility for carbon reduction at an industry level is ‘essential’ and carbon reduction should be a key objective in the design process, which could influence sustainable construction in the future.

2050 target of 80 per cent reduction in carbon emissions

Mike Putnam, Skanska UK boss and co-chair of the Green Construction Board, commented on the plan:

“The Routemap is a valuable contribution to our understanding of the key decision points and actions needed over time, against the 2050 target of 80 per cent reduction in carbon emissions.

“It will help inform the ongoing dialogue between government and industry and shows that even closer collaboration is required going forward,” he added.

Author: Ashley Curtis    Date Written: 08 March 2013

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