Concrete Industry Sustainable Construction Strategy
Concrete Industry Sustainable Construction StrategyAndy SpencerChairman, Sustainable Concrete Forum<br />
The Concrete Industry = Nine Production Sectors<br />
Concrete Industry Strategy <br />In July 2008, following 18 months of extensive stakeholder consultation, companies and trade associations in the industry committed to an over-arching strategy and to taking a leading role in sustainable construction.<br />
Concrete Industry Vision<br />“By 2012, the UK concrete industries will be recognised as leaders in sustainable construction, taking a dynamic role in delivering a sustainable built environment in a manner that is profitable, socially responsible and functions within environmental limits”.<br />
Four Strategic Objectives<br />2. Improve<br />environmental<br />profiles<br />1.Agree and adopt a common framework<br />1<br />2<br />4<br />3<br />4.Communicate progress and solutions<br />3. Enable clients to achieve sustainable construction<br />
Annual performance reporting <br />1st report (2007 performance data) published in 2009 <br /><ul><li> Set the scene for the industry strategy and commitments
Performance Indicators were set </li></ul>2nd report (2008 performance data) published in 2010<br /><ul><li> Release of 2012 performance targets</li></li></ul><li>2012 Key Targets<br />The 3rd report will include 16 performance indicators and 13 targets, including:<br /><ul><li> Increase sites covered by certified EMS to 85%
Reduce waste to landfill by 15% (in line with DEFRA targets)
Reduce CO2 by 17% from a 1990 baseline (in line with Climate Change Agreements)
Increase waste derived alternative fuel use from 17.3 % to 21%</li></ul>Areas we need to focus on:<br /><ul><li> CO2 transport – need to agree framework for data collection
Water consumption – need to better understand mains and ground water consumption</li></li></ul><li>Preview from the forthcoming Performance Report (2009 data)<br /><ul><li> Responsible Sourcing - 81% of concrete production is responsibly sourced to BRE BES 6001.
Energy Reduction - The cement and ggbs sectors have achieved performance ahead of their sector Climate Change Agreements.
Waste reduction - The concrete industry uses 20 times more waste than it produces.
Industry-wide reporting - Data in the report already represents 74% of total UK concrete production. </li></ul>An average tonne of concrete has a carbon footprint of 84kg CO2, down from 103kg in 1990 <br />
Further communication<br />Using the data and our learning to:<br /><ul><li> provide information to designers to assist them in achieving a sustainable built environment
make significant contribution to the sustainable construction agenda</li></ul>Stakeholder Survey has been carried out to assist in the our continual improvement<br /><ul><li> http://concrete.stakeholdertalk.com</li></ul>Sustainable Concrete Forum<br />Policy-makers and influencers<br />Industry Campaign<br />Specifiers<br />
“Concrete 2020”<br /><ul><li> Greater carbon constraint – ongoing focus on embodied and operational carbon
Alignment to UK and Global carbon reduction strategies
Our next step is to produce 2020 strategy and targets</li></ul> We need to plan a long way ahead to maintain our industry’s competitiveness in a sustainability focused, low carbon economy. <br />