Sustainability is becoming increasingly embedded within the construction sector, but the truth remains that there is still a huge amount of work to do to place the industry on a resource efficient, low-carbon pathway, says a new sector report.
The report investigates what must happen next to accelerate this transition and looks at the five pillars of Energy, Resources, Mobility, The Built Environment, and Business Leadership. These five sections look at current progress, the future; and concludes with an exploration of how construction firms can take new approaches to drive sustainability.
The report is the fifth that has been inspired by “Mission Possible: Achieving a sustainable future for construction” a campaign by the online publication edie.net which aims to empower businesses to ramp up efforts across all areas of sustainable development.
The report provides a comprehensive overview of the steps that organisations within the construction industry can take to achieve a sustainable future, today. It demonstrates the steps that must be taken for construction firms to scale-up action across all areas of sustainable development. Specifically, the report explores exactly how organisations within the construction sector should be working, innovating and collaborating to achieve a sustainable future.
The past few years have seen a desire among major industry players to collaborate on projects to deliver meaningful sustainability solutions. There has also been a big improvement in areas such as water and energy efficiency, but a lag still exists in building performance, in addition to a skills gap with contractors.
Construction has, rather belatedly, started to wake up to some of the truths hidden within the supply chain base, with significant risks associated around modern slavery.
Leadership from organisations at the top-end of the sector must now be replicated across the rest of the sector, with an onus on contractors to ensure that the entire supply chain treats sustainability as ‘business as usual’.
Today’s focus on operational impacts needs to shift towards the embodied impacts of carbon, water and waste, as does the emphasis on short-term financial gains towards the whole lifecycle of assets.
This is an industry that will be impacted dramatically by technology. Those that fail to fully understand the scale of change will be left behind. Innovation, behaviour change and social sustainability will all come to the forefront of sustainable business in the sector over the coming years, as clients push for progress across all areas of sustainability.
This report seeks to demonstrate the steps that must be taken for construction businesses to scale-up action across all areas of sustainable development. Specifically, the report explores exactly how businesses within this industry should be working, innovating and collaborating to achieve a sustainable future.