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IGT response: ICE calls for strong leadership on Green Construction Board

The Green Construction Board must be led by a major industry figure, according to the Institution of Civil Engineers president Peter Hansford, who today welcomed the government’s response to the Innovation and Growth Team report.

Plans for the board, revealed by Construction News last week, were unveiled by the government this morning when construction minister Mark Prisk confirmed he would represent the government as joint chair.

But Mr Hansford said it was essential that the industry’s joint chair should have “significant standing within the construction industry and command respect among ministers and government officials”.

The ICE has a vital role under the government’s plans and will publish a Low Carbon Routemap to 2050 later this year.

Mr Hansford said the document would highlight the curucial role the government must play in providing the necessary policy, regulatory and financial frameworks to support industry action.

He said: “We welcome the government’s commitment to involving the industry in its approach to achieving its ambitious carbon reduction targets.

“Shifting to a low carbon economy requires a step change in the way engineers design, build, operate and maintain infrastructure - we need to achieve ‘value for carbon’ whereby we realise the maximum benefit from the minimum amount of embodied and emitted carbon over the whole life of our vital infrastructure assets.”

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