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01. Paul Morrell

As the government’s chief construction adviser, Paul Morrell’s words, deeds and leadership on the low-carbon agenda have the potential to set the benchmark
for years to come.

The first incumbent of the post, Mr Morrell has been specifically tasked with liaising between government and industry. As head of the Integration and
Growth Team’s review of low-carbon construction, he has put the ball firmly in the government’s court, stressing that if we are to achieve the commitment to reduce carbon emissions by 80 per cent by 2050, ministers must take the lead, compelling the industry to act now and embedding low-carbon construction at the heart of its
own procurement.

The report, published three weeks ago, called on the government to introduce financial incentives for action on low carbon and a series of mandatory requirements for
construction companies to demonstrate energy eŠfficiency. This is not to say that he is let ting the sector off the hook ‹he insists companies must get their own houses in order, “decarbon ising” their businesses and ensuring they are developing relevant products and services now.

Highly respected and well liked, and with a long and varied background in the industry as a result of more than three decades at Davis Langdon working on a huge array of projects, Mr Morrell is making the most of his position and power. His easy manner, deep understanding of the industry and ability to influence ministers from all parties make him central to the development of lowcarbon construction over the next decade and more.

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