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 Britains 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 Britains total end use carbon emissions." Chief Construction Adviser Paul Morrell said: "Meeting the Low Carbon Challenge is one of the biggest issues facing Britains 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 isto 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." Clive Dickin Chief Executive of APHC commented:"APHC welcomes this announcement, it is critical that the plumbing and heating sector participates in the process ensuring that the current contractors and their skilled work force are acknowledged.
There is already a significant work force with the required skills and during this difficult time contractors in the sector should become more aware of the changes in 2016 planned in building regulations." 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 IGTs progress will be posted on the BIS Construction website www.bis.gov.uk/constructionIGT and contributions are welcome to constructionIGT@bis.gov.uk