Attending the first meeting of the Innovation and Growth Team on Construction, Peter Mandelson today laid down a challenge to members, to ensure the industry is "fit for purpose” for delivering a low carbon future.
The Low Carbon Construction Review will be undertaken by the IGT members over the next year. It will help identify how the construction industry can best deliver the future carbon reduction commitments for 2020 and beyond. Initial findings from the Review are due in spring 2010.
Peter Mandelson, Secretary of State said:
“The Construction Industry is a vital part of Britain’s economy, employing 2.5 million workers and contributing around 10% of GDP. The sector will play a crucial part as the UK tackles climate change, as emissions from buildings account for around 44% of Britain’s total end use carbon emissions.”
Chief Construction Adviser Paul Morrell said:
“Meeting the Low Carbon Challenge is one of the biggest issues facing Britain’s construction industry. I will be working with a strong Innovation and Growth Team, with Steering and Working Group members drawn from government and industry, covering the full extent of the design, production and construction supply chain. We also intend to reach out far and wide to connect with the many people and organisations doing good work in this field. We do not want to do again anything that has already been done well.
Our aim is to produce an action plan and recommendations for industry and government to ensure a road-map is in place for the industry to play their part in delivering a low carbon future, and to make sure we are well placed to take advantage of the opportunities it will bring.”
There will be 5 workstreams on the IGT: Cross-cutting issues, Housing new & existing, Buidings new & existing, Infrastructure and Major Projects. Each of these will involve representatives from industry best placed to contribute. Regular update on the IGT’s progress will be posted on the BIS Construction website and contributions are welcome to constructionIGT@bis.gov.uk
Steering Group of the IGT
§ Chief Construction Adviser, BIS, (Chair)
§ Chief Executive, Atkins, (Deputy Chair)
§ Chief Operating Officer, Laing O’Rourke (Chair of Buildings workstream)
§ Chief Executive, Barratt Homes, (Chair of Housing workstream)
§ Chairman, ODA, (Chair of Major Projects workstream)
§ Director, Solutions for Business, Low Carbon and Services, BIS,
§ Industry Commissioner, Sustainable Development Commission
§ Chief Executive, Bovis Lend Lease UK
§ National Secretary, Unite,
§ Chairman, Strategic Forum for Construction
§ Director General for National Climate Change and Consumer Support, DECC
§ Chairman, Arup
§ Managing Director, Bosch Thermotechnology
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