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Construction bodies set sights on low carbon agenda

Two leading construction organisations have joined forces to prepare and distribute information on the low carbon agenda.

The CITB-ConstructionSkills and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) are working together to promote awareness around low carbon construction news and policy and help construction businesses understand the broader agenda, as well as the action they need to take to acquire skills and qualifications for low carbon work.

The collaboration comes as industry waits for greater clarity on the opportunities that will be created by the launch of the Green Deal - the government’s energy saving policy which aims to retrofit 26 million buildings – next year.

Both firms have been heavily involved in flagging up the green agenda. The CIOB created Carbon Action 2050, an online action plan, to inform industry on reducing carbon emissions through best practice and innovation, while CITB-ConstructionSkills launched its Cut the Carbon campaign in October 2010, to help SMEs prepare.

Mark Farrar, chief executive of CITB-ConstructionSkills, said: “With the launch of the Green Deal now less than one year away, the time to prepare for the future is now. A truly collaborative effort across industry is crucial to success in the drive for a low carbon future.

Chris Blythe, chief executive of the CIOB, added: “Without the right qualified people the industry simply won’t meet the demands of the carbon agenda. It is vital we equip today and tomorrow’s workforce with the knowledge they need, and find ways of sharing what they learn with others.

“Our partnership with CITB-ConstructionSkills will provide advice and guidance alongside practical solutions, which can make a real difference for industry. Collaboration is the only way to go in the drive for a more sustainable built environment.”

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