Net zero construction UK


Net zero construction UK

Posted on 27 February 2024

The construction industry contributes to 18% of the country’s pollution. With the governments net zero targets set in place the construction industry must reduce their emissions. By 2030 the industry is hoping to reduce it’s current emissions by at least 68% with the final target to reach net zero by 2050.

How realistic do you think this targets are?

Key Strategies:

1. ISO 14001 and 50001 Accreditation

  • ISO 14001: Construction companies can demonstrate commitment by achieving ISO 14001 accreditation. This involves setting carbon reduction targets and implementing effective measurement methods.

  • ISO 50001: Companies can also work toward ISO 50001, emphasising energy management. This showcases determination to meet mandatory targets and aligns with sustainability goals.

2. Green Building Materials

  • Shift to Green: While green building materials have been available for some time, there’s increasing pressure to adopt them. Suppliers are actively choosing better materials such as recycled steel and concrete, contributes to emissions reduction.

3. Efficient Designs

  • Energy Efficiency: Incorporate energy-efficient designs into construction projects. Optimise insulation, lighting, and HVAC systems to minimise energy consumption.

4. Subcontractors and Emissions Monitoring

  • Digital Reporting: Construction hire companies can monitor emissions by collaborating with subcontractors. Digital reports on equipment usage and emissions help track environmental impact.

5. Renewable Energy Transition

  • Fossil Fuel Reduction: Switching from diesel to alternative fuels like HVO (Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil) for excavators, diggers, and generators reduces reliance on fossil fuels.

  • Electric Company Cars: Encourage the use of electric vehicles within the company. It not only reduces emissions but also portrays a positive image.

By implementing these strategies, the construction sector can contribute significantly to sustainability goals.

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