The Clarison Group joins CLC’s CO2nstructZero Business Champions

The Clarison Group is joining Business Champions from a wide spectrum of UK businesses that have stepped up to drive carbon out of the construction industry.

Today the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) confirmed the third wave of 14 CO2nstructZero Business Champions that have committed to sharing their experience as they plan to hit Net Zero. This network of 39 business champions will work alongside the CLC and other major industry bodies to share innovations and best practices, acting as promoters and role models to support the industry’s move to Net Zero Carbon.

Mark Oliver, CEO said: “I am delighted that the Construction Leadership Council has confirmed The Clarison Group as a CO2nstructZero Business Champion. I think it is critical to have specialist contractors in the Champions group as it is the specialists that design, engineer, procure, fabricate and install the elements that account for the embodied carbon in buildings and infrastructure. The Clarison Group looks forward to contributing by sharing its specialist facades and envelopes expertise. A building’s facade represents a considerable share of a building’s total embodied carbon and probably has the most significant impact on a building’s operational carbon over its lifecycle.”

CO2nstructZero is the Construction Leadership Council’s campaign to bring the whole sector together in a joint effort to meet the UK’s Net Zero ambitions.

As Business Champions, each organisation has committed that they will share tangible evidence of their net zero carbon plans against the nine CO2nstructZero priorities, contribute to the CO2nstructZero industry reporting process and work together to support companies in the sector to develop their plans.

The CLC today also published its Construct Zero Performance Framework. For the first time, the framework sets out headline commitment for carbon reduction at a sector level, along with a series of measures and metrics to show how progress is being made.

The headline commitments are:

• 78% of diesel plants to be eliminated from construction sites by 2035
• Close the productivity gap between construction and economy average output per worker by 2035
• From 2025, planning applications from the sector must connect to public/active transport and include EV charging where parking is provided
• Working with Government to deliver retrofitting to 27 million homes by 2040
• From 2025, all new buildings will be designed with low carbon heating solutions
• From 2025, we will deliver new homes and buildings which will minimise energy demand and reduce emissions in operation by 75% (dwellings) and at least 27% (commercial buildings) compared to current standards
• Every person buying from the sector (business or member of the public) will be provided with carbon data by 2030 to make informed lower carbon choices
• From 2022, we will give all our clients the chance to become net zero by offering alternative Net Zero design options to clients, even if not scoped
• By 2035 we will have reduced construction product emissions by 66% from 2018
• We will target 1,500 of the sector’s businesses and clients to sign up to a measurable carbon reduction plan (including Race to Zero, Science based Targets or Climate Hub) by 2025

Construction Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan welcomed the publication of the framework. She said: “The Performance Framework provides Government and Industry with a sector-level dashboard on progress towards net zero, aimed at enabling businesses to action progress and encouraging those outside the sector to take the key steps on the broader journey to net zero. It’s important that the sector holds itself to account for the commitments it has made; the Performance Framework will enable the industry to do this, reporting progress on a quarterly basis, building on existing publicly available data”

Construction Leadership Council co-chair Andy Mitchell said: “We are seeing huge demand from across the sector to push forward towards Net Zero, and this has been reflected in the level of consultation feedback we received when we tested these metrics with industry. We can have confidence that these measures will help guide us towards a lower carbon future, and I look forward to seeing progress”.