Carbon Report 2019

Transforming Construction for a Low Carbon Future

Climate Change is the major issue of our time. No individual or organisation is immune to the challenges it presents and everyone has a role to play in combating it. Construction, however, has a greater role than most. The industry represents 10% of UK carbon emissions and directly influences 47% of all national emissions.

This puts the industry in a position of great responsibility and influence. The Major Contractors Group is driving forward an open and frank discussion about deliverable solutions the sector can provide and how the Government can help reduce these barriers via this report.

Given the sheer magnitude of what is required to meet the target of net zero emissions of global warming gases by 2050, it will be impossible to succeed by continuing to operate in the same way. A step-change is required and it is those companies that are willing to commit to transforming their businesses within a generation who will be in a position to build their prosperity in a new landscape full of new markets and new approaches. Main contractors are the gatekeepers to a low-carbon future. It is main contractors who can drive change in partnership with their supply chains and their forward-thinking clients.

The transformation required in the construction industry is multi-faceted and it is critical that Industry and Government take a joined-up approach to bring together developments in skills, procurement, design, products and materials, transport and more. This report is a call to arms. It represents the start of a transformation in the construction industry in which main contractors will play a critical role, alongside a Government willing to support the industry through regulation, guidance and funding. Massive carbon reduction will not just happen; it requires great commitment, vision and determination – and the time to start is now.

Many businesses, groups and experts have identified solutions to these challenges and have kindly shared this best practice which can be viewed in the links below:

To discuss contributing to the MCG’s work in this area please contact Policy and Resources at the NFB. Call: 0345 578 160 or email: