CLC publishes Net Zero framework for construction

The Construction Leadership Council (CLC) has published its Construct Zero Performance Framework, setting out headline commitments for carbon reduction at a sector level, along with a series of measures and metrics to show how progress is being made.

The development of the framework draws on the extensive and detailed work undertaken across the sector by specialist groups and representative bodies to understand their emissions and develop their own plans. The framework seeks to draw these detailed plans together to provide Government and Industry with a comprehensive view at a sector level on progress.

Measures include tracking the number of domestic retrofits achieved, changes in the amount of non-diesel plant in use, and reductions in the amount of energy used to produce key products.

The commitments map to the nine priorities for carbon reduction outlined by the CLC in March 2021 and is described as “the start of a conversation” which will be refined and iterated over time to align with industry and workforce changes.

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, delivering 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,  all clients the have the chance to become net zero by offering alternative Net Zero design options to clients, even if not scoped

• By 2035, reduced construction product emissions by 66% from 2018

• Targeting 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

You can download the performance framework here:  constructionleadershipcouncil.co.uk/CZ-Performance-Framework

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