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Industry must act now to prevent damage to the environment


Sir, Is our industry taking the recent shock announcements of rises in carbon levels and their potential impact upon global warming seriously enough?

The moral responsibility of the industry to engage in sustainable construction is twofold.

We must take measures to protect and enhance the environment and prevent further damage.

This can be done by planning communities that reduce car use, use energy and water more efficiently, minimise mineral extraction and use natural resources more prudently.

Much of the damage from carbon dioxide is already done.The 1990s were the hottest years in Europe since records began and rainfall was up by at least 10 per cent.

An estimated 27 per cent of Britain is already thought to be prone to flooding and rises in sea level could lead to a planning dilemma.We must combat this now.

Dennis Lenard Chief executive Constructing Excellence London