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Construction bosses to act on climate change

Senior figures from across the UK construction industry have agreed to join forces to tackle the low carbon challenges laid down by chief construction advisor Paul Morrell.

Last March Morrell’s Low Carbon Construction Innovation and Growth Team (IGT) set out 65 actions to government and industry to move the UK towards a low carbon economy (NCE 25 March 2010).

It said the government should appoint a programme manager to oversee the work.

The government has yet to respond formally to the IGT’s recommendations but construction leaders have identified the Strategic Forum for Construction as the body best placed to work with any programme manager.

The Strategic Forum comprises industry clients, consultants, contractors, specialists, product manufacturers and unions.

Individual organisations represented on the forum will take ownership of particular recommendations or groups of them to aid delivery.

Morrell said leadership from government and industry was vital. “I am pleased to see the Strategic Forum rising to the challenge,” he said. “[We need] leadership from government in creating and maintaining the right business environment.”

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