Construction industry set for low carbon review

Peter Mandelson announced at the Strategic Forum for Construction that government's Busines Innovation and Skills Department is to commission a review of the construction industry to ensure it is “fit for purpose” for delivering a low carbon future.

Posted on 18 September 2009

Peter Mandelson announced at the Strategic Forum for Construction that the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is to commission a review of the construction industry to ensure it is “fit for purpose” for delivering a low carbon future.

The review will assess the strengths of, and opportunities for the UK construction industry in a low carbon economy, and consider how the UK can be a world leader in this sector. 

It will also tie the construction industry into ‘New Industry New Jobs’, the Government’s strategic vision to ensure British people and businesses can compete successfully for the jobs of the future. It highlights potential in a number of areas such as low carbon, the digital economy, life sciences and advanced manufacturing – all of which will require a modern and proficient construction industry. 

The review will follow the Innovation and Growth Team (IGT) model which has worked successfully in the past with both the aerospace and automotive sectors. The Construction IGT aims to have its first full meeting in October and until the chief Construction Adviser is appointed in November, will be chaired by Keith Clarke, CEO of Atkins, and Construction Industry Council Chairman.

Peter Mandelson, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, said:

“The construction industry must now face the challenge of exploiting the advantages of the low carbon economy.  I am impatient for rapid progress.” 

The Rt Hon Nick Raynsford MP, Chairman of the Strategic Forum for Construction said:

“I welcome this announcement.  Together with the recent decision to appoint a Chief Construction Adviser, it puts construction right at the front of the shop window.  It is absolutely critical that the industry works closely with the Government on this agenda and we now have a clear focus and framework to ensure proper and strategic engagement.”

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Posted under Construction on 18 September 2009