Major industry leaders today joined Commercial Secretary, Lord Deighton and Business and Energy Minister, Michael Fallon in signing a joint initiative to reduce carbon in infrastructure which could save as much as 24 million tonnes of carbon and £1.46 billion a year by 2050.
The initiative to save valuable resources by using new technologies, construction techniques and low carbon materials to cut down on emissions was signed at the launch of the Infrastructure Carbon Review which has been published today.
Private sector companies which have pledged to sign-up to the carbon-cutting review include nuclear power generator EDF, National Grid, Arup, Atkins and Mott MacDonald
Currently infrastructure and related areas like energy, account for around half of all UK carbon emissions. Cutting the volume of materials consumed in, for example, construction and using existing resources more efficiently will reduce cost as well as carbon.
The Review – developed jointly by government and industry though the Infrastructure Cost Review and Green Construction Board – sets out a series of actions for government, clients and suppliers that have the potential to reduce up to 24 million tonnes of carbon from the construction and operation of the UK’s infrastructure assets by 2050.
Business and Energy Minister Michael Fallon, MP, said: “This review has been written by business leaders – not civil servants. Real change won’t happen by acting alone, but through Government and the construction industry working together in line with our industrial strategy”.