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Consultancy to be appointed for Morrell's low carbon strategy

A consultant or program manager should be commissioned to prepare an execution plan the construction work to follow guidelines set out in Paul Morrell’s low carbon plan.

Chief construction adviser Mr Morrell unveiled initial findings of his report into low carbon construction today.

One key recommendation from the findings so far is for the Government to commission a suitably qualified program manager to prepare a detailed execution plan for the physical work assumed in the UK Low Carbon Transition Plan.

The program manager will be steered by the IGT, which Mr Morrell chairs and it will have  adequate access to all Government stakeholders.

Mr Morrell also recommends that the Government should, in the short and medium term, consider the potential for the procurement of publicly funded construction programmes to be used as test beds for transformation of the industry and its product towards a low carbon outcome.

Another recommendation is for the industry, working through a collaborative forum such as Constructing Excellence or the Strategic Forum for Construction, to produce a tighter definition of precisely how an integrated supply chain should come together, what the gains would be, and how the client’s position could be protected against cost increases resulting from a lack of competitive tension.

The  UK Green Building Council welcomed today’s interim findings from the Low Carbon Construction Innovation and Growth Team.

UGBC chief executive Paul King said: “It’s encouraging to see these findings focus on the opportunity rather than the threat.

“Yes, reducing carbon from our built environment is a huge challenge, but the significant scale of investment needed should be viewed as the size of the market opportunity. Refurbishing our existing housing stock alone could create over 100,000 new jobs.

“I wholeheartedly endorse the view of Paul Morrell and the IGT that we will only achieve the radical change necessary if government and industry work together, with a shared understanding of what we need to achieve and by when.

“Smart regulation and a clear policy trajectory is critical to this – only if industry has confidence in the future direction of travel will we see the scale of investment and innovation that we need.”