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Major projects need new sustainability quango, IGT report says

A new quango that would monitor sustainability in the construction of major infrastructure projects in the UK should be considered, business minister Mark Prisk’s Innovation and Growth Team (IGT) recommended yesterday.

The Low Carbon Construction IGT final report released by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills outlined how the construction industry can “rise to the challenge of the low carbon agenda”.

One recommendation called for the creation of a working group that would consider the creation of a body called the Major Projects Review Group, which would be the authority whose “stamp of approval would provide sustainability legitimacy for major projects”.

It also said that in the infrastructure industry, design and investment decisions must be made to give more weight to the impact of carbon emissions whilst addressing the issue of affordability.

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