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Help draw a route to the low-carbon future

When it comes to cutting carbon, we all want to do it but we don’t always know how. Sometimes we think we are doing it but we don’t know how to prove it.

We want to work with others who are doing it but we’re not sure how to tell them apart. Or sometimes, it just seems too difficult, too great a task.

So it’s great to see some of the country’smajor contractors setting up an online ‘school’ to help others in the supply chain work towards a common understanding of how to assess their sustainability credentials.

This is exactly the sort of support major contractors should be showing towards their supply chains – just as they have done with health and safety. And it allows subcontractors, many of whom are actually leading the way when it comes to sustainable and low-carbon construction, to share their innovation. 

Chief construction adviser Paul Morrell is not letting go of the idea of a low-carbon legacy either. In his remaining nine months in the job, he will be examining the existing landscape and come up with a ‘route map’. He promises this will unpick those issues that make this agenda, at times, seem overwhelming. In his words: “It will effectively say, ‘Well, for that to happen, this has to happen first’.”

And that is exactly what we need. Let’s break down the challenge and work out what each of us needs to do now, next year and beyond – and how we can all demonstrate it.

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