28 April 2021

CO2nstruct Zero: Become a business champion

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In November 2020, the government published its 10-point plan for a Green Industrial Revolution, setting out a path to Net Zero by 2050.


Last month, the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) announced CO2nstruct Zero, a cross-industry change programme to drive carbon out of all parts of the construction sector, from manufacturing and design to construction and operation of assets.


It is not intended to develop new solutions, roadmaps or pathways, but to bring people together to consolidate collective actions and plans for the sector.


CO2nstruct Zero’s priorities are based on the Climate Change Committee’s 6th Carbon Budget and include:



  • Accelerating the shift of the construction workforce to zero emission vehicles and on-site plant.
  • Maximising use of Modern Methods of Construction and improved on-site logistics, reducing waste and transport to sites.
  • Championing developments and infrastructure investments that both enable connectivity with low carbon modes of transport and design to incorporate readiness for zero emission vehicles.


  • Work with Government to deliver retrofitting to improve energy efficiency of the existing housing stock.
  • Scale up industry capability to deliver low carbon heat solutions in buildings, supporting heat pump deployment, trials of hydrogen heating systems and heat networks.
  • Enhancing the energy performance of new and existing buildings through higher operational energy efficiency standards and better building energy performance monitoring.

Construction Activity

  • Implementing carbon measurement, to support our construction projects in making quantifiable decisions to remove carbon.
  • Become world leaders in designing out carbon, developing the capability of our designers and construction professionals to develop designs in line with circular economy – reducing embedded and operational carbon, shifting commercial models to incentivise and reward measurable carbon reductions.
  • Support development of innovative low carbon materials (prioritising concrete and steel), as well as advancing low carbon solutions for manufacturing production processes and distribution.


As well as developing an action plan for the priorities above, CO2nstruct Zero will also set out measurable targets and performance criteria, signpost industry towards action they can take and initiatives they can support, and showcase actions taken across the wider construction industry on decarbonisation in response to the climate emergency – to celebrate small wins and inspire greater ones. CO2nstruct Zero therefore seeks to identify business champions from across the industry.


TRADA encourages you to participate and share your approach to delivering on the nine priority areas listed above. To be considered as a business champion, simply respond to these questions and send your submission to Stuart.Young@beis.gov.uk. Business champions will be chosen on a monthly basis, so have your bids in by 15th of each month.