Sustainability represents both significant challenges and opportunities for UK industry. Clients are demanding more sustainable practices; stakeholders are exerting more pressure and legislation is becoming increasingly stringent. The market for a greener, ethical and more sustainable supply chain is greater than ever.
In 2009 approximately 43% of the UK’s carbon emissions come from buildings. In addition poor waste management and inefficient use of resources can result in sustainability impacts; they are also of course where we all work, live and play. So whether you are involved in constructing new buildings and infrastructure or in running and maintaining these assets once built, what you do can have a significant effect on reducing environmental and social impacts. As a group of industry sectors involved in building and maintaining these assets we need to embrace the sustainability agenda, or simply risk losing out to our competitors.
The School represents a common approach to developing sustainability competence in the supply chain. It is a free resource available to any supplier, and is part of our continued commitment to lead the industry into a brighter, more sustainable future.