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New green chief urges focus on infrastructure

An infrastructure working group established under the Green Construction Board is working on a low-carbon blueprint to sit alongside Infrastructure UK’s cost-cutting plan, it has been revealed.

Skanska UK chief executive and president Mike Putnam - who was announced as new GCB co-chair this week - said greater focus is needed on the civils sector.

Mr Putnam replaces Lend Lease global operating officer Dan Labbad in the role, in which he will work alongside construction minister Mark Prisk.
Mr Putnam immediately called for a greater focus on low-carbon construction within the infrastructure sector.

CN revealed in February that seven working groups had been established under the GCB: a green construction ‘routemap’; buildings; infrastructure; knowledge and skills; greening the industry; valuation; and promotion.

The infrastructure group has met twice since then, chaired by Anglian Water asset management director Chris Newsome.

Mr Prisk told CN the work of the board is progressing well, despite “tension between sustainability, price and risk” and policy issues such as zero-carbon housing.

He added: “There is a habit in government, not least because we are always being measured on ‘what have you done’, of just ticking the boxes.

“But the broader issue is about getting people to step back and think about how they organise themselves as businesses.”


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