The Government response to the final report of the Low Carbon Construction IGT was published. While encompassing all of the 65 recommendations, the Government response focuses on the key themes identified by the IGT:
Demonstrating the benefits and opportunities of low carbon construction through leadership and cooperation across the private and public sectors.
Creating greater clarity in a complex landscape, enabling the industry to better understand the opportunities that will be available to them in the future.
Ensuring that we have the right framework of incentives and interventions to enable the market to flourish and the right levels of skills, research and innovation to enable and support growth.
The CIOB’s Carbon Action 2050 Initiative www.carbonaction2050.com, and procurement research are highlighted within this key report.
The IGT’s recommendations will be taken forward through a joint Government and industry action plan.
The review has looked at the strengths of and opportunities for the UK construction industry in a low carbon economy and considered how the UK can be a world leader in this sector. This review has been led by Paul Morrell, the Chief Construction Adviser and been undertaken by a mix of industry experts and those with wider business experience.
The report highlights four themes that government and industry need to engage on to rise to the carbon challenge:
- The potential size of the market – meeting the UK’s commitment to reducing carbon and other greenhouse gas emissions will affect every aspect of the built environment. The scale of the necessary change is considerable but there is much that could be done now, particularly with the existing building stock.
- Opportunities for SMEs – transforming the built environment to low carbon could provide the industry with a 40 year programme of work and act as a springboard to growth for more than 200,000 small businesses in the sector.
- The wider green economy benefits – the green economy represents an area of substantial potential growth for the UK. Creating a low carbon construction industry would develop skills and expertise that would be of great value to other sectors.
- Stimulating demand – there would be little point in developing the necessary capacity and skills if the demand for low carbon was not there. Government and industry need to work closely together to identify the best ways to stimulate the market for low carbon and energy efficiency measures.