New Carbon Code for the Built Environment is published

The Carbon Reduction Code for the Built Environment has been published, designed to facilitate action and collaboration among clients, contractors and others to reduce carbon emissions relating to the design, construction, maintenance and operation of built assets.

Developed by the Achieving Net Zero Cross-Industry Working Group on behalf of the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) as part of its CO2nstructZero initiative, the Code was published on the Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction’s website on June 15.

The priorities of the Code and CLC’s CO2nstructZero initiative align with the Government’s overarching plan on net zero, with the expectation it will result in the creation of 250,000 green jobs.

The publication comes just weeks after the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) published its Building Skills for Net Zero report, which revealed 350,000 new roles need to be created within construction by 2028 in order for the Government to meet its 2050 net zero carbon targets, including 86,000 construction project managers, 33,000 building envelope specialists and 59,000 plumbers and HVAC specialists.

Dr Jennifer Schooling, Director of CSIC, said: “It is essential that our industry reduces carbon emissions and the more organisations that sign up to the Code the more we will achieve. Carbon reduction is much more likely to happen when all organisations within a value chain are committed to working together to reduce their footprint and save costs.

“Collaboration is the key to success, and with alignment across all parties we can progress towards the net zero carbon objective at the pace required. There are already many excellent examples of carbon reduction measures among our Achieving NetZero Cross-Industry Working Group and the Code builds upon these strengths to provide an encouraging, supportive and collaborative approach to reducing carbon.” 

Sign up to the Carbon Reduction Code here.

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