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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Peter Mandelson Launches Low Carbon Construction IGT

Press Release   •   Dec 02, 2009 11:52 GMT

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

Steering Group of the IGT

§                     Paul Morrell Chief Construction Adviser, BIS, (Chair)

§                     Keith Clarke Chief Executive, Atkins, (Deputy Chair)

§                     Tony Douglas Chief Operating Officer, Laing O’Rourke (Chair of Buildings workstream)

§                     Mark Clare Chief Executive, Barratt Homes, (Chair of Housing workstream)

§                     John Armitt Chairman,  ODA,  (Chair of Major Projects workstream)

§                     Janice Munday Director, Solutions for Business, Low Carbon and Services, BIS,

§                     Dr Stewart Davies Industry Commissioner,  Sustainable Development Commission

§                     Nick Pollard Chief Executive,  Bovis Lend Lease UK

§                     Bob Blackman National Secretary, Unite,

§                     Nick Raynsford MP Chairman, Strategic Forum for Construction

§                     Phil Wynn-Owen Director General for National Climate Change and Consumer Support, DECC

§                     Terry Hill Chairman, Arup

§                     Richard Soper Managing Director, Bosch Thermotechnology

Notes to editors

  • The Low Carbon Construction IGT was first announced on 17th September by Peter Mandelson at the Strategic Forum for Construction.  Keith Clark, CEO of Atkins took on the role of interim chair and has now handed over to Paul Morrell, Chief Construction Adviser (CCA) to chair the IGT.
  • Innovation and Growth Teams (IGT) are Government initiated and Industry-led projects that seek to look at significant market opportunities to ensure that the UK is positioned to benefit as a result of changing conditions in a given area. Recent IGTs have included: automotive, industrial biotechnology and automotive.
  • Membership of the Steering Group has been selected by the CCA to include a selection of key industry players with strong credentials in the field of low carbon construction and with the ideas and will to make a difference.
  • The Low Carbon Industrial Strategy outlines the strategic role of Government in the transition to a low carbon economy, ensuring the UK is the best place in the world to start and grow a low carbon business. In September the government in association with the Strategic Forum for construction published the Strategy for Sustainable Construction Strategy progress report, which charts the industry progress on the sustainability agenda to date.
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