Construction sector issues ‘call to arms’ over net zero

A major UK building industry group has urged the government to set up a multi-billion pound investment programme to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from buildings and draw up green procurement rules to encourage low-carbon construction.

In a new report, the National Federation of Builders, which represents small to medium sized construction companies, says the next government should invest £15bn a year in reducing carbon emissions from the residential sector, with a further £5-10bn a year for industrial and commercial property and infrastructure. 

On top of that, green government procurement rules and the “urgent development of tools to accurately measure carbon use” are essential to help companies “understand their carbon footprint”, the report states. 

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