Construction sector in net-zero progress

The UK construction sector has taken a number of significant steps towards net-zero, according to data published this week by the Construction Leadership Council (CLC).

The Council launched its CO2nstruct Zero programme at COP26, with associated measures to track carbon reduction activities, and challenge the industry to improve in nine key areas.

The annual CO2nstruct Zero Performance Dashboard shows that the last 12 months has seen the sector train more than 500 retrofit co-ordinators, connect 55,000 heat pumps and deliver a 33 per cent increase in EV charging points

CO2nstruct Zero’s network has grown rapidly, with more than 200 organisations now established as Business Champions and Partners under the programme. This network has played a crucial role in supporting carbon reduction policy development, feeding into Government work on retrofit and energy security, as well as developing its own detailed plans including a route map to cut diesel usage on sites.

Construction Leadership Council deputy co-chair Richard Robinson said: “Last year we asked the industry to join us on a journey towards a lower carbon future, and the response has been very encouraging. We must now build on this momentum, pushing ahead with pace and purpose in 2023 as we continue to play a leading role in getting the UK to net-zero.”

NatWest, leading partner of the programme, has also formed its Sustainable Homes and Building Coalition with Worcester Bosch, British Gas, Scottish Power and Shelter, to raise awareness around retrofit, alongside arrange of green loans and green asset finance to support businesses across the sector to invest in zero emission plant and electric vehicles, as well as charging points and associated infrastructure.

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