Infrastructure businesses make carbon reduction pledge
Thames Tideway Tunnel, Kier Infrastructure and Barhale Trant Utilities are the latest signatories to the Green Construction Board-led Infrastructure Carbon Review (ICR). The new commitments were made at the Infrastructure Carbon Review One Year On Conference, hosted by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).
Launched in 2013, the ICR scheme is a joint industry and government initiative targeted at leading businesses and their supply chains with the aim of making carbon reduction an integral part of the UK's infrastructure construction.
Thames Tideway Tunnel’s environment manager, Suzanne Burgoyne, said: "We are proud to pledge to lower our carbon emissions as part of our project to tackle pollution of the tidal River Thames. Through the Infrastructure Carbon Review we are demonstrating our commitment to low carbon and the protection of the wider environment."
The conference heard that some 30 organisations have endorsed the joint initiatives to reduce carbon in infrastructure. This could amount to an annual saving of 24 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent by 2050, delivering a benefit to the UK economy of up to £1.46bn a year and contributes towards meeting the Construction Leadership Council’s 2025 50% carbon reduction ambition.
BIS minister Nick Boles told delegates: "All the evidence shows that cutting carbon is good for business. That’s why companies responsible for some of the country’s largest infrastructure projects have made this important commitment.
"Companies like HS2 Ltd, National Grid, Skanska and their supply chains are leading the way in efforts to reduce carbon, saving valuable resources as well as reducing costs. I’d like to extend this challenge to infrastructure companies and organisations across the UK so they can claim their share of the economic rewards of reducing carbon."
Peter Hansford, government chief construction adviser and member of the Green Construction Board, said: "I am pleased to see the enthusiastic support of clients and suppliers across the infrastructure sector. The individual commitments they have made will go a long way towards achieving our ambitions of reducing cost and carbon emissions in the built environment over the next decade. I encourage others to come on-board."
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