Net Zero Requirements for Construction 2024

There are rising pressures on the construction industry to reduce its environmental impact. Net zero targets are high on the agenda – the UK Government says we must intensify our efforts and eliminate virtually all emissions arising from the built environment to meet our target of net zero emissions by 2050.

What are the net zero requirements for Construction projects?

There are rising pressures on the construction industry to reduce its environmental impact. Net zero requirements are high on the agenda – the UK Government says ‘we must intensify our efforts and eliminate virtually all emissions arising from the built environment if we are to meet our legally binding target of net zero emissions by 2050’ (Source: Building to net zero: costing carbon in construction: Government Response to the Committee’s First Report).

Measures require businesses to commit to net zero by 2050 and publish clear and credible carbon reduction plans before they can bid for major government contracts. Minister for Efficiency and Transformation, Lord Agnew, said:

Requiring companies to report and commit to reducing their carbon emissions before bidding for public work is a key part of our world leading approach.

What is a carbon reduction plan?

According to this government press release, a carbon reduction plan sets out where an organisation’s emissions come from and the environmental management measures that they have in place.

Some large companies already self-report parts of their carbon emissions, known as Scope 1 (direct) and Scope 2 (indirect owned) emissions. The new rules will go further, requiring the reporting of some Scope 3 emissions, including business travel, employee commuting, transportation, distribution and waste. Scope 3 emissions represent a significant proportion of an organisation’s carbon footprint.

Initiatives such as BREEAM and Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) – which require thorough CO2 and emissions reporting – are also becoming not just desirable, but essential accreditations.

What construction projects are required to commit to net zero in the UK?

With the new government measures in place, suppliers bidding for contracts above £5million a year will need to have committed to the government’s target of net zero by 2050 and have published a carbon reduction plan. Firms which fail to do so will be excluded from bidding for the contract (Source: Firms must commit to net zero to win major government contracts).

How do I comply with net zero?

The short answer is: you need to officially commit to the government’s target of net zero by 2050 and publish a clear and credible carbon reduction plan.

The new net zero requirements for construction sites show how important it is to have a tool at your disposal which reports on CO2 emissions for your construction project, as a site manager. Having a Delivery Management System in place for your project is not only an excellent addition to your carbon reduction plan, which proves your commitment to reducing emissions, but also a must for improving site efficiency and keeping your project on track.

Net Zero Reporting capability. Graphic showing charts by zone

The system’s CO2 and emissions reporting functionality enables compliance with environmental initiatives such as BREEAM and CCS. Zone Manager produces CO2 reports at the click of a button, so you can easily identify opportunities for improvement and monitor your site’s environmental impact.

 

With the Zone Manager DMS, you will also be able to identify opportunities for rationalising the number of deliveries to sites. Consolidation can help reduce fuel consumption, emissions, as well as congestion in loading bays, all helping you work towards the net zero carbon emissions 2050 target. Our system’s CO2 reports provide transparent emissions data and the impact of the wider supply chain across the project lifetime. The Zone Manager DMS can also manage consolidation centres, which play a fundamental role in reducing deliveries by up to 68% and therefore the overall CO2 emissions.

We have vast logistics experience, and can turn your Delivery Management requirements into a system that’s suited to your project. Read our Case Studies and find out how our system has helped over 200 projects in the UK and internationally.

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