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Skanska's Putnam to co-chair Green Construction Board

Skanska chief executive Mike Putnam will replace Dan Labbad as co-chairman of the Green Construction Board.

Mr Putnam will join business minister Mark Prisk in leading the board.

Mr Labbad, chief executive of Lend Lease EMEA, leaves following the recent announcement of his promotion to Lend Lease Group chief operating officer and his planned relocation to Australia later in the year.

Prisk said: “I’m pleased to welcome Mike to the role of industry co-chair of the board. Having been committed to the board since its beginning, he is a valued member of the team who has vast construction experience that makes him ideal for the role.

“We have a busy agenda over the coming months. For example, we will be working to publish the final version of our Routemap, and developing guidance for construction businesses to show the top 20 steps they should take to green their operations.

“I know that Mike will offer both the invaluable insight and strategic direction required to lead the board through the times ahead.”

Mr Putnam said: “I am honoured to have been asked to take on this role. I strongly believe that the construction industry has a major part to play in the green agenda, the result of which will also be good for the green economy.

“The Green Construction Board provides a unique opportunity for government and industry to work together in a collaborative approach to deliver the strong leadership that is vital to success. I will personally champion this and work with my fellow trustees to drive change for the longer term benefit.”

Paul King, chief operating officer of the UK Green Building Council, welcomed the appointment.

GCB achievements:

  • Establishing seven working groups, consisting of more than 160 leading industry and government representatives, who will deliver a comprehensive programme of activity;
  • Creating an initial Routemap to set out the industry’s direction to 2050;
  • Issuing a call for evidence to create a ‘knowledge database’ for low carbon and research development; and
  • Successfully integrating the work of the Sustainable Construction Task Force.

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