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A sustainable future

A sustainable future

03/10/2008 | Channel: Construction

This section highlights companies in the construction arena that are all helping build a brighter tomorrow

The construction industry is constantly facing a raft of challenges. It is Europe's largest industrial employer, and its activities can have major environmental impacts. Construction activities consume more raw materials by weight than any other industrial sector, and the built environment accounts for the largest share of greenhouse gas emissions in terms of energy end usage.Measured by weight, construction and demolition activities also produce Europe's largest waste stream, most of which though, is recyclable.

This means that sustainability has to be at the top of the agenda for construction companies, and to help with this, in June 2008 a new strategy set to strengthen construction sector was unveiled by the UK government and the industry. Business Minister Shriti Vadera launched the joint industry-Government Strategy for Sustainable Construction, and commented: “Our aim is to become a world leader in sustainable construction. An efficient construction sector is essential for the investment in infrastructure and buildings that underpin our competitiveness.

“With the current pressures such as the cost of fuel presenting an extra challenge for the industry, it is even more important that we encourage the sector to perform as efficiently and sustainably as possible. Improvements in these areas will save costs and increase profitability in the long-term.” The companies that feature in this Focus are all doing their best to contribute to a greener future - and in an industry with a reputation for resistance to change, they are also helping to blaze a trail for the industry going forward.

Do read on to find out more…