The construction industry represents the fundamental foundations of a strong and prosperous economy. Society’s development is in fact dependent on it. As a sector, we have a responsibility to ensure that collectively we play a central role in the transition to net zero, taking a values-based approach that puts people and the planet first. To achieve this, decarbonising products and operations across the sector is key.
According to the World Green Building Council, construction generated a total of 35 per cent of energy-related CO2 emissions globally in 2020. Here, the UK Green Building Council estimates that the built environment is currently responsible for 25 per cent of total UK greenhouse gas emissions. That is why we need to act now.
It is an exciting time for the industry as we focus our efforts on developing sustainable solutions to the most challenging of projects. However, among the optimism for the future, there are some very clear challenges ahead.
Research commissioned by building materials supplier Aggregate Industries clearly shows that the level of trust in sustainable action being taken within the industry is incredibly low, with more than nine in 10 (91 per cent) people believing the sector is not delivering long-term, sustainable solutions.
The following report focuses on the outcome of Aggregate Industries’ research, which delves into public perceptions of sustainability in the construction sector. It provides key insights into people’s own sustainable actions, and their views on the role our industry is playing when it comes to implementing new and lasting measures.
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