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To meet our challenging carbon targets we must accelerate the speed that we are tackling the energy efficiency of the 27 million homes that need to be retrofitted by 2045. Smart Construction provides new materials, new technologies and new processes that can all help.

On 22nd June, 2:15-4pm, don’t miss our virtual Business Bytes conference alongside the Smart Construction Network, Tackling the retrofit challenge through Smart Construction.

Register now

Upcoming training sessions

On 4th June, 1-2PM, we’ll be joined by Ken Farnon of Cooley Construction Services for a Lunch ‘n’ learn webinar: A question of perspective; tales from an offsite project manager. Register now

We also have a Lunch ‘n’ learn on the Construction Playbook with Akerlof on 15th June, 13:00-14:00. Register now

An Offsite for Designers virtual workshop will be held on 11th June, 9:00-12:00. Register now

We’re also running Offsite for Project Managers on 13th July, 1-4pm. Register now

If you missed our last session of Offsite Fundamentals, don’t worry as we will be running it again 4th August 1-4PM. Register now

In case you missed it…

On Tuesday 25th May we held a virtual UK – French conference in collaboration with Campus Hors-Site, Net Zero Carbon Homes – Does offsite construction provide a solution? If you missed it, you can watch the recording here.

Offsite resources recommended for you this month

Learn what designers need to do differently when adopting an offsite solution rather than a traditional build, with the Introduction to Offsite – Design e-learning module. Get Started

Buildoffsite have published an Offsite sector response to the government’s Construction Playbook, which you can access here.

If you don’t measure, you can’t manage

Complete our free self assessment to get your bespoke action plan today. The list of resources will advise you where you should focus your learning with direct links to top-quality materials.

You can also benchmark your company’s offsite maturity here.

Top Stories for Scotland this Month

 

Housebuilder appoints ‘Green Team’ to help meet environmental goals

HOUSEBUILDER CALA (East) has appointed a dedicated ‘Green Team’ to help meet the company’s sustainability ambitions Read More

Amey Consulting wins Clyde bridge design contract

The work will align associated and new roads to the 184-metre road bridge to be built over the River Clyde, as part of the Glasgow City Region City Deal Read More

Location revealed for Dundee’s Eden Project

The former Dundee Gasworks site has been revealed as the preferred site to host the “transformational and regenerative” Eden Project Dundee tourist attraction Read More


Wellbeing resources recommended for you this month

 

Wellbeing in the Built Environment

This discussion paper charts the activities of the Wellbeing Special Interest Group explores the business case for wellbeing in the built environment and summarises observations of current wellbeing activity in the sector.

Take a Look

Happiness and Work

The preeminent happiness researcher shares some surprising results on connecting well-being, mental health, and how employers can play a role in improving our lives at work

Watch Now

Why Invest in Employee Wellbeing?

The term wellbeing covers many aspects of the way we feel about our lives, jobs, and relationships. Our feelings of well-being at work are influenced by day to day experiences with colleagues and management, how purposeful we feel and the work that we do. Employers can have a major influence on an individual sense of wellbeing, which can have a multitude of benefits for the organisation itself.

Get Started


New for Scotland this Month

See our latest learning Pathways and any new events for Scotland

Supply Chain Optimisation: 23rd June

A 2-hour interactive workshop to discuss common barriers and enablers to effective supply chain collaboration and explore shared solutions which bring efficiency, added value and better outcomes for clients, prime contractors and their supply chain partners.

Register Now 

Homes Packaging Innovation Showcase: 24th June

Reducing and rethinking packaging is one of the biggest waste and resource efficiency challenges we face. Achieving cost reduction and fitness for purpose in the face of policy changes such as the imminent Plastic Packaging Tax and other Government led packaging waste reforms will challenge suppliers and customers in the built environment supply chain like never before. Register for this Business Bytes to learn more.

Register Today

Waste, Resource Efficiency & Circular Economy In Scotland: Part 1 and 2

This 2 part self-enrol learning pathway provides an ideal blend of learning and information on the interrelated subjects of waste reduction, resource efficiency and the circular economy.

To access these, head to your dashboard and click on ‘Available Pathways’ and click enrol.


If you don’t measure, you can’t manage

Complete our free self-assessment to get your bespoke action plan today. The benefit of assessing is that it provides a tailored action plan. This list of 10 resources tells you where you should focus your learning with direct links to top-quality materials…

Learn More

Top stories

Hard hat scheme aims to protect heads and hearts

Fortel Group, a leading supplier of labour to the construction industry, has partnered with the School to launch a campaign, encouraging those within the industry to embrace diversity and boost conversations around mental health.

Read more >>

Exploring Skanska’s electric vehicle charging retrofit

How EDF-owned chargepoint provider Pod Point assisted Skanska on its mission to become carbon-neutral by 2045 by retrofitting a key office with chargepoints for EVs.

Discover more >>

Green light for ‘net zero’ equivalent for nature

The government is expected to announce a legally-binding target for 2030 to drive action to halt the decline of nature and wildlife.

Find out more >>

 

June’s Featured Topic: Wellbeing

The evidence for investing in wellbeing in the built environment was already compelling but the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has amplified the mandate for action based on the relationship of building, public, and ecological health.

Take a look at the selected resources below to start to develop your understanding on the importance of considering wellbeing in the construction sector.

Wellbeing In The Built Environment – Document

Exploring the business case for wellbeing in the built environment and summarising current wellbeing activity in the sector.

Read now >>

Happiness And Work – Video

Discover the surprising results on connecting wellbeing, mental health, and understand how employers can play a role in improving our lives at work.

Start watching >>

Why invest in employee wellbeing? – Document

Employers can have a major influence on an individual sense of wellbeing, which can have a multitude of benefits for the organisation itself.

Find out more >>

 

Benchmark your Sustainability Knowledge

Want to understand your sustainability knowledge level, and know how that compares to others in the sector? It’s easy to find out… just take an assessment today with our FREE tool. It’s designed to help you, or your company, assess your current level of knowledge and identify strengths and hot spots.

Once you’ve assessed, you get a tailored action plan – this list of 10 resources tells you where to focus your learning.

ASSESS NOW >

FM Market Update: June 2021

 

Top stories for FM this month:

 

Facilities Show turn it attention to month – long virtual event:

Facilities Show Connect (1-30 June 2021) will bring together the global facilities industry through an online marketplace and virtual meetings. In place of an in-person event the Facilities Show team will this year host Connect, an immersive, AI-powered, online experience that gives attendees the opportunity to engage with new international suppliers and peers through an online marketplace and tailored meeting recommendations throughout June 2021. Find out More>>

Waste Adjustment:

As workplaces prepare for reoccupation, the role of waste management experts is more important than ever to help customers navigate uncharted territory and meet their environmental waste targets, reports Sara Bean for FMJ. Read More>>

Recycling consultation prepares ground for new legislation:

As part of the Government’s commitment to move towards a circular economy and net zero emissions, Defra is consulting on how to increase consistency in collection of recyclable materials from domestic and non-domestic premises in England. Learn More>>


June’s featured topic: Wellbeing

The evidence for investing in wellbeing in the built environment was already compelling but the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has amplified the mandate for action based on the relationship of building, public, and ecological health.

Take a look at the selected resources below to start to develop your understanding on the importance of considering wellbeing in the Facilities Management sector.

Wellbeing Resources recommended for you this month:

Wellbeing in the built environment- This document explores the business case for wellbeing in the built environment and summarising current wellbeing activity in the sector. Read more>>

Happiness and Work- Discover the surprising results on connecting wellbeing, mental health, and understand how employers can play a role in improving our lives at work. Watch the video>>

Why invest in employee wellbeing? Employers can have a major influence on an individual sense of wellbeing, which can have a multitude of benefits for the organisation itself. Find out more>>


Delivering Social Value in FM

Join VINCI Facilities at our ‘Delivering Social Value in FM’ Lunch N Learn on the 10th June – 11:00am -12:00pm.

VINCI Facilities will discuss their approach to creating social value. VINCI Facilities became the first Facilities Management and Building Solutions company to join Social Value UK, the national network in raising the profile of social value and social impact.

At this lunch n learn you will:

  • Find out about VINCI Facilities business model, and how they use their commercial operations to support and sustain programmes for educational and residential support.
  • Discover how VINCI Facilities measure, monetise and report social value.
  • Have an opportunity to submit questions to VINCI Facilities during a live Q&A session.
REGISTER NOW >

If you have questions about FM or the School please contact [email protected]

Infrastructure Market Update: June 2021

 

Top stories for Infrastructure this month:

 

Environment Agency- reaching net zero by 2030:

The Environment Agency outline their road map for cutting carbon emissions and reaching net zero by 2030. This document sets out their commitment to cut our carbon emissions by at least 45% and offset the rest. It breaks down the sources of their emissions and the tangible actions they will take to reduce them. Find out more.

Laing O’Rourke sets sustainability and diversity targets:

School Partner Laing O’Rourke has set itself the target of being net zero in operations by 2030 and having equal numbers of male and female employees by 2033. The organisation’s decarbonisation target also sees the company develop a plan to tackle Scope 3 (indirect) emissions by 2050. Read more.

New state -control body to run rail projects:

The Transport Secretary announces that Great British Railways, a state-owned body  will set timetables and prices, sell tickets in England and manage all infrastructure. GBR will come into effect in 2023 and replace Network Rail as manager of rail infrastructure in the UK.  Learn more.


June’s featured topic: Wellbeing

The evidence for investing in wellbeing in the built environment was already compelling but the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has amplified the mandate for action based on the relationship of building, public, and ecological health.

Take a look at the selected resources below to start to develop your understanding on the importance of considering wellbeing in the Infrastructure sector.

Wellbeing Resources recommended for you this month:

Wellbeing in the built environment- This document explores the business case for wellbeing in the built environment and summarising current wellbeing activity in the sector. Read more>>

Happiness and Work- Discover the surprising results on connecting wellbeing, mental health, and understand how employers can play a role in improving our lives at work. Watch the video>>

Why invest in employee wellbeing? Employers can have a major influence on an individual sense of wellbeing, which can have a multitude of benefits for the organisation itself. Find out more>>


Benchmark your Sustainability knowledge!

Our free Maturity Matrix tool has been designed to help you assess your company’s current Sustainability strengths and to identify the areas in which you can develop your competencies.

The assessment will help to benchmark your current knowledge of sustainability topics and then generate a tailored action plan. This list of 10 resources tells you where your company should focus learning, with direct links to top resources. Get started today! 

ASSESS NOW >

 

If you have questions about Infrastructure or the School please contact [email protected]

WATES ANNOUNCE ONLINE INNOVATION PORTAL TO BOOST TRANSITION TO NET ZERO

The Supply Chain Sustainability School are pleased to support and promote Wates’ new self-service, interactive and intelligent marketplace for sustainable technologies.

The Wates Innovation Network (WIN) portal is the first initiative of its kind and has been created by the Wates Group, one of the UK’s leading family-owned construction, development, and property services companies, to help businesses ‘build back better’.

The portal will connect companies directly and free-of-charge, with Partners that can offer solutions to help meet sustainability targets. It aims to create an industry leading network that will accelerate the transition to net zero by showcasing smarter solutions to design, construct and maintain buildings.

Ian Heptonstall, Director at Supply Chain Sustainability School, said: “The transition to NET ZERO is a huge challenge for our industry and to achieve this we need to think differently and adopt new technologies, products and processes. I’m delighted to provide the School’s support to Wates in the rollout of their new WIN portal. This is a great initiative that will foster innovation and raise awareness of the sustainable solutions that are available now and which can accelerate our journey to NET ZERO.”

There are currently more than 40 Innovation Partners featuring on the portal, all approved by a screening panel of environmental experts. Users can filter sustainable innovations based on their requirements to find the product and supplier most suitable for them. The new portal will enable users to connect with businesses directly and better support them in providing tangible environmental and operational savings.

John Dunne, Group Health, Safety, Environment and Quality Director at Wates, said: “The market for sustainable solutions is expanding fast and companies who are not investing in innovations will soon be unable to compete. The issue is 95% of market ready sustainable technologies never get considered because key decision makers do not know they exist, or suppliers don’t have access to the key corporate decision makers. The WIN portal is bridging that gap, showcasing innovation and helping businesses to meet bold environmental targets.”

Wates has been a Partner of the Supply Chain Sustainability School since 2013 and has played an active part in the development of the School as a world-class collaboration, to enable a more sustainable built environment.

Top stories 

No new gas boilers should be sold from 2025 in order to meet environmental goals

No new gas boilers should be sold from 2025 in order to meet environmental goals for the middle of the century, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA) think tank.

See more >>

School Partner Taylor Wimpey targets nature net-gain under new sustainability strategy

Housebuilder Taylor Wimpey has published an updated environment strategy, with headline targets including science-based emissions reductions and a commitment to increase habitat at all new sites.

Read more >>

Housebuilding industry can lead the way on biodiversity

A new guide launched by NHBC Foundation, in partnership with the RSPB and Barratt Developments, says that biodiversity should be considered at the earliest stages of planning new home developments to encourage wildlife and help reverse habitat decline.

Continue reading >>

 

VIRTUAL TRAINING: Tackling the retrofit challenge through Smart Construction

To meet our challenging carbon targets we must accelerate the speed that we are tackling the energy efficiency of the 27 million homes that need to be retrofitted by 2045. Smart Construction provides new materials, new technologies and new processes that can all help.

By attending this conference you will:

  • Learn why residential retrofitting is so important to our net zero ambitions.
  • Understand the key retrofitting tasks we need to focus on to achieve EPC A housing stock.
  • Discover how digital technologies can help.
  • Hear how new technologies and products are currently being tested across the UK.
  • Discover some of the innovative business models that are being trialled to deliver retrofit at scale.

Register now >>

 

June’s Featured Topic: Wellbeing

The evidence for investing in wellbeing in the homes sector was already compelling but the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has amplified the mandate for action based on the relationship of building, public, and ecological health.

Take a look at the selected resources below to start to develop your understanding on the importance of considering wellbeing in our sector.

Wellbeing In The Built Environment – Document

Exploring the business case for wellbeing in the built environment and summarising current wellbeing activity in the sector.

Read now >>

Happiness And Work – Video

Discover the surprising results on connecting wellbeing, mental health, and understand how employers can play a role in improving our lives at work.

Start watching >>

Why invest in employee wellbeing? – Document

Employers can have a major influence on an individual sense of wellbeing, which can have a multitude of benefits for the organisation itself.

Find out more >>

 

Benchmark your Sustainability Knowledge

Want to understand your sustainability knowledge level, and know how that compares to others in the sector? It’s easy to find out… just take an assessment today with our FREE tool. It’s designed to help you, or your company, assess your current level of knowledge and identify strengths and hot spots.

Once you’ve assessed, you get a tailored action plan – this list of 10 resources tells you where to focus your learning.

ASSESS NOW >

 

FM Group Update June 2021

This Group represents the needs and interests of 21 Partners who either deliver, supply to, represent, or are clients of FM services. The quarterly meetings of the Group are chaired by Alison Bettany, Head of Supply Chain Commodities for EMCOR UK Ltd.

The meetings contain a mix of providing information about School activities, collaborative learning and developing new initiatives.

The group is actively developing a number of initiatives:

  • Developing a collaborative programme of learning events suitable for an FM focused audience
  • Engaging Partners in the direct delivery of some of this content
  • Focusing on social value in response to growing stakeholder interest and the Government’s procurement policy notice PPN 06/20
  • Supporting the School’s work on wellbeing, in particular its impact on productivity in the workplace
  • Considering how to adopt the approach taken by the School’s housing partners to packaging and single use plastics
  • Developing content for the Group’s annual FM Conference.

If you have any questions, please contact [email protected]

Wales Market Update: June 2021

 

Top stories for Wales this month:

 

New top team to lead Wales into a brighter future:

Climate change, new green jobs and recovery from the pandemic will be at the heart of the new Welsh Labour Government, as First Minister Mark Drakeford reveals his new Cabinet team. The new climate change ministry will bring together the environment, energy, housing, planning and transport portfolios. Find out more>>

Welsh Public Sector Net Zero Carbon Reporting Guide:

The Welsh Government have released the ‘Welsh Public Sector Net Zero Carbon Reporting guide. Read More>>

NMITE is offering bursaries to Engineering students:

NMITE will provide a cash bursary to all new applicants joining its Pioneer Cohort in September 2021 of £4,000 in the first year. Find out More>>


June’s featured topic: Wellbeing

The evidence for investing in wellbeing in the built environment was already compelling but the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has amplified the mandate for action based on the relationship of building, public, and ecological health.

Take a look at the selected resources below to start to develop your understanding on the importance of considering wellbeing in Wales.

Wellbeing Resources recommended for you this month:

Wellbeing in the built environment- This document explores the business case for wellbeing in the built environment and summarising current wellbeing activity in the sector. Read more>>

Happiness and Work- Discover the surprising results on connecting wellbeing, mental health, and understand how employers can play a role in improving our lives at work. Watch the video>>

Why invest in employee wellbeing? Employers can have a major influence on an individual sense of wellbeing, which can have a multitude of benefits for the organisation itself. Find out more>>


Benchmark your Sustainability knowledge!

Our free Maturity Matrix tool has been designed to help you assess your company’s current Sustainability strengths and to identify the areas in which you can develop your competencies.

The assessment will help to benchmark your current knowledge of sustainability topics and then generate a tailored action plan. This list of 10 resources tells you where your company should focus learning, with direct links to top resources. Get started today! 

ASSESS NOW >

 

If you have questions about Wales or the School please contact [email protected]

How can offsite help us deliver Zero Carbon Homes?

Decarbonisation of homes must be a priority if we’re to achieve our climate targets, both in new build and retrofitting, and there is a huge potential for job creation in the sector. How can offsite construction techniques help us grasp this opportunity?

By manufacturing homes and retrofit solutions offsite, environmental pollution and disruption is reduced on-site. Buildings can also be more easily standardised and constructed to the highest energy efficiency standards. In addition, modular construction and design for disassembly means that we can operate more in line with circular economy principles and reduce primary resource extraction.

In the next couple of months we’ll be exploring this topic in more detail across two virtual conferences, free to attend.

The first is in collaboration with our French counterpart Offsite school, Net Zero Carbon Homes – Does offsite construction provide a solution? 25th May, 1-3pm, with live French translation. Register now

On 22nd June, 2:15-4pm, we’re hosting a Business Bytes alongside the Smart Construction Network, Tackling the retrofit challenge through Smart Construction. Register now

Other Offsite events coming up…

Offsite for Designers virtual workshop, 11th June 9:00-12:00. Register now

Lunch n Learn on the Construction Playbook with Akerlof, 15th June, 13:00-14:00. Register now

Offsite resources recommended for you this month…

The Design for Manufacture and Assembly e-learning module gives an introduction into the benefits of DfMA and the use of offsite construction techniques. Get Started

Offsite Project Management: The Basics with Ken Farnon, Director at Cooley Construction Services Watch video

If you don’t measure, you can’t manage

Complete our free self assessment to get your bespoke action plan today. The list of resources will advise you where you should focus your learning with direct links to top-quality materials.

You can also benchmark your company’s offsite maturity here.

Did you know a NEW digital topic area has launched?

Adoption of digital technologies is crucial to maximising the potential of offsite construction, but only if the sector is equipped with the right skills and knowledge. Check out the learning available in our NEW topic to help you on your digital journey. Get started

Infrastructure Group Update May 2021

The Infrastructure Group is the largest in the School with 63 Partners. Around 40 Partners regularly attend the quarterly meetings chaired by Graham Edgell, Director of Procurement and Sustainability for Morgan Sindall Group.

The meetings contain a mix of providing information about School activities, collaborative learning and developing new initiatives. At each meeting we try to invite a high level speaker to address the group about significant strategic issues, from within the sector and from other sectors.

The group is actively developing a number of initiatives:

  • Forming a cross-School group on social value in response to the Government’s procurement policy notice PPN 06/20
  • Developing a supply chain mapping initiative driven by Highways England
  • Delivering a partnership between 11 Delivery Implementation Partners (DIPs) on the Highways England Regional Development Programme (RDP) to provide a consistent approach to development and performance management for the supply chain
  • Setting up a group to enable utilities clients to collaborate around regulatory requirements
  • Adopting the approach taken by housing partners to packaging and single use plastics

 

If you have any questions, please contact [email protected]

Top stories 

New Homes Partners join the School

Countryside, Persimmon and Saint Gobain have recently joined the School’s world-class collaboration of over 120 homebuilders, clients, contractors and sub-contractors driving the direction of the School, sitting on the Homes leadership group.

See more >>

School Partner Lovell announces 62% reduction in CO₂e

Lovell has announced it has achieved a 62% reduction in carbon dioxide equivalent emissions over the past decade and are taking further measures to “significantly reduce” its future carbon dioxide equivalent emissions.

Read more >>

Net Zero targets only possible with a National Retrofit Strategy to green our homes says FMB

The Prime Minister’s announcement that the UK Government will set a target of cutting carbon emissions by 78% by 2035 is welcome news in tackling climate change, but they must lead a campaign to green our homes to make this possible, said the Federation of Master Builders.

Read on >>

Fuel of the future? Inside the UK’s first hydrogen-powered homes

The UK is testing how hydrogen can be piped into people’s homes through the existing gas network at a world-leading research site.

Take a look >>

 

NEW Digital topic area launched

Digital technology has the potential to transform the Homes sector, but only if it is equipped with the right skills and knowledge. Look at the learning available in our NEW topic to help you on your digital construction journey.

TAKE A LOOK >>

Recommended Digital resources for the Homes sector:

 

An Introduction to your Digital Journey How and when should you start your digital transformation?

Watch Now >>

Digital Leadership Identify the necessary leadership skills and competencies which are essential to successful digital transformation.

Start now >>

Cyber Security This e-learning module are to identify the necessary skills and competencies around cyber security which are essential to successful – and safe – digital transformation.

Get Started >>

 

Industry Launches Skills Hub to Improve the Quality of Procurement

In April we launched the first ever construction-focused skills hub, dedicated to improving the quality of procurement practices.

Our new topic area in procurement aims to provide a wide range of free resources to help organisations of all types and sizes improve their procurement skills. Procurement is a critical part of client and contractor policies and strategies and this new topic area will cater for businesses at all stages of their procurement journey.

TAKE A LOOK >>

 

 

Top stories

UK to speed up target to cut carbon emissions

Radical new climate change commitments will set the UK on course to cut carbon emissions by 78% by 2035, the UK government has announced.

Read more >>

School Partner Kier trials Formula 1 tech to cut diesel emissions

Kier has trialled a fuel-saving technology that it found succeeded in cutting diesel consumption of an onsite generator by 41 per cent with procurement partner Sunbelt Rentals.

Read on >>

Industry Launches Skills Hub to Improve the Quality of Procurement

In April, the School launched the first ever construction-focused skills hub, dedicated to improving the quality of procurement practices.

Take a look >>

 

NEW Digital topic area launched

Digital technology has the potential to transform construction, but only if the sector is equipped with the right skills and knowledge. Look at the learning available in our NEW topic to help you on your digital construction journey.

TAKE A LOOK >>

Recommended Digital resources for the Construction sector:

 

An Introduction to your Digital Journey How and when should you start your digital transformation?

Watch Now >>

Digital Leadership Identify the necessary leadership skills and competencies which are essential to successful digital transformation.

Start now >>

Cyber Security This e-learning module are to identify the necessary skills and competencies around cyber security which are essential to successful – and safe – digital transformation.

Get Started >>

 

**Keep up to date with the latest resources recommended for the construction sector HERE**

 

Benchmark your Sustainability Knowledge

Want to understand your sustainability knowledge level, and know how that compares to others in the sector? It’s easy to find out… just take an assessment today with our FREE tool. It’s designed to help you, or your company, assess your current level of knowledge and identify strengths and hot spots.

Once you’ve assessed, you get a tailored action plan – this list of 10 resources tells you where to focus your learning.

ASSESS NOW >

The Supply Chain Sustainability School, a multi-award-winning initiative which represents a common approach to addressing sustainability within supply chains, has today launched a learning platform dedicated to building the skills of managers in the construction industry, to accelerate digital adoption.

Digital technology has the potential to transform construction – but only if the sector is equipped with the right skills and knowledge. Modern digital technologies can raise productivity, increase efficiency, improve quality and safety, reduce sustainability impacts and help attract people to the sector.

The construction sector has not increased its productivity over the last forty years and, as such, managers within the construction industry currently lack the skillset to lead the adoption of new digital technology. Without widespread digital adoption, the construction industry risks being marginalised and may lose a generation of new talent to other sectors. This new programme will support business leaders by equipping them with the right skills, knowledge and tools required to successfully lead the implementation of new digital technology solutions within their organisations.

Ian Heptonstall, Director, Supply Chain Sustainability School said: “Net Zero carbon, improved profitability, workforce attraction and improved safety and quality are just some of the big challenges our industry faces. We can continue as we are, or we can embrace new ways of working and the digital technologies that can help us to address these challenges. Our new training materials allow managers and leaders to understand the emerging digital technologies and the skills they will need to be an effective champion of digital in their organisation.”

Drawing upon one of the UK’s leading digital infrastructure projects, Tideway, and using best practice from Costain, Skanska and other main infrastructure contractors, the Supply Chain Sustainability Tool have created a series of free-to-access learning materials via a new Digital topic area, funded by CITB. This programme will provide a suite of learning materials, including workshops, e-learning modules and online resources to help managers embed digital technology in their business.

Jeremy Galpin, Lead for Digital Social Value Consultancy, Tideway East and Costain said: “These learning materials plug a key gap in providing freely available resources that, firstly, allow organisations and individuals to benchmark the digital leadership maturity of themselves and their organisations and, secondly, provide the learning resources to develop the gaps that they identify. Both aspects are critical to adding value. I am confident the programme will make a measurable and significant contribution to the digital leadership maturity of the infrastructure supply chain”

Phil Greenman, Supply Chain Manager, Skanska said: “As a major Tier 1 contractor we need our supply chain to be digitally advanced. Working with clients, contractors and our supply chain we have jointly developed a range of freely available learning resources that allow managers to develop the knowledge and acquire the skills that they need to drive the rate of digital adoption in both their own organisations and their supply chain. I’m confident that these new tools in the Supply Chain School will help businesses to do that.”

The School is co-funded by CITB and industry Partners, with the direction of the School being led by over 120 Partners – working in collaboration, they share knowledge and free resources to inspire the UK built environment to drive positive change and each share a common desire to upskill the industry.

Partner Corner (May 2021) – Advanté Ltd

Primary Service / Product

Oasis® Welfare Units
Advanté pioneered instant start welfare with their first Oasis unit in 1998. The launch of Oasis Welfare provided construction sites with access to welfare facilities before any service connections were available. This prevented delays starting work on site and complied with new H&S Regulations.

Oasis Welfare inspired a whole new industry for self-contained welfare units, while remaining at the forefront of the instant start welfare market, through close client collaboration and innovation.

23 years on, Oasis welfare units provide much more than just welfare. Improvements driven by the needs of Clients has led to the expansion of the Oasis Welfare range to include different layouts, sizes, facilities, and technology.

The Oasis Welfare range focuses on creating positive environments for people working in construction, as well as reducing sites’ carbon footprint and community impact.

Sustainability Credentials

The evolution of Oasis Welfare has been driven by our Clients’ ESG sustainability aims and the Government’s net zero carbon targets. The EcoLogic, EcoMax and (new) EcoLogic SOLAR welfare ranges are all designed with staff wellbeing, environment, community, and economic impact in mind.

Staff wellbeing:
  • Suitable welfare facilities
  • Pleasant environment enhances wellbeing
Low environmental impact:
  • Hybrid Technology limits generator use and CO2 emissions
  • Telemetry monitors and improves performance
  • Renewable energy gained from solar
  • LPG = greener fuel alternative to Diesel
Low community Impact:
  • Low noise = happy staff and neighbours
  • Promotes positive image of construction
  • Quality facilities attract diverse workforce
Low economic impact:
  • Improved energy efficiency
  • Reduced welfare running costs
  • More staff catered for with one unit

How Do You Use the School as a Partner?

Our first involvement with the School was engaging with the Fairness, Inclusion and Respect (FIR) programme, to promote and develop FIR culture and staff engagement within our business. The vast resources made available by the School have helped fast track our learning.

We joined the School as a Partner in March 2019, to support our wider sustainability aims and work collaboratively with a cross section of industry professionals. We gain a valuable insight into Clients’ changing requirements, enabling us to respond with effective, sustainable solutions at the earliest opportunity.

Advanté organised a Supplier Engagement event to demonstrate our commitments to maintaining a sustainable supply chain, in the procurement of products and services, and in the delivery of our service to our clients.

We worked with Partners of the School to develop a policy to treat people responsibly, which resulted in the launch of the People Matter Charter. Since signing up to the commitments of the Charter, we encourage others to do the same, so that we can work together to address people issues, such as equality, diversity and staff retention, in the workplace.

What is the biggest sustainability issue facing the industry?

The Construction Industry’s (and therefore our) biggest challenges are the current and widening skills shortage and achieving the UK Government’s net zero carbon targets.

We aim to promote a positive image of construction by delivering high quality welfare units. We recognise that excellent site welfare and office facilities are required, to retain staff and attract a more diverse workforce into the industry.

In our mission to decarbonise instant start welfare for construction sites, we created our next generation of innovative, market-leading Oasis Welfare units – EcoLogic SOLAR.

EcoLogic SOLAR welfare units proven successful in creating an effective, near carbon-free solution to powering self-contained welfare units. Their advanced telematics have shown impressive levels of solar energy gain, even during some of the darkest winter months. Some of EcoLogic SOLAR’s benefits include:

  • NEW hybrid EcoLogic SOLAR power system
  • Large solar array = increased carbon-free power supply
  • Silent-running welfare when powered by solar or stored energy
  • Next-generation telemetry improves unit performance
  • Impressive reduction in CO2 emissions
  • Reduced welfare running costs
  • Contributing solution to ESG challenges and reporting

One message for School members?

Speaking from an SME perspective, it can be a daunting task to keep up to date with all developments and focus within the industry, as well as the resulting need for upskilling and training your staff to stay abreast. Engaging with the Supply Chain Sustainability School makes this much easier. The wealth of information and training resource available is easily accessible at any time of day, to suit individual members of your team, and to fast track your company’s staff learning.

Infrastructure Market Update: May 2021

 

Top stories for Infrastructure this month:

 

Tarmac & JCB successfully trial new pothole fixing machine:

Tarmac and JCB have successfully trialled what has been described as “a brand new revolutionary pothole fixing machine” in partnership with Rutland County Council.

With the ability to repair a pothole in less than eight minutes, Tarmac’s highway services team carried out a full day of demonstrations with the JCB PotholePro on a 140 square metre patch of asphalt at Ashwell Business Park in Rutland. Read more

HS2 signs £52m early environment works contract with Balfour Beatty:

HS2 has signed a new £52m contract with Balfour Beatty to create new woods and wetlands as part of early environmental works on the route between the West Midlands and Crewe – also known as Phase 2a – of the high speed rail project. Read more. 

UK construction industry – toxic and dysfunctional?

A report from the Times in the UK highlighting the woeful state of the construction sector. These systemic failures are a serious barrier to sustainable procurement. Read more. 


Did you know a NEW digital topic area has launched?

Digital technology has the potential to transform the built environment, but only if the sector is equipped with the right skills and knowledge. Look at the learning available in our NEW topic to help you get t grips with what’s needed.

TAKE A LOOK >>

Digital Resources recommended for you this month:

An Introduction to your Digital Journey How and when should you start your digital transformation? Watch Now >>

Digital Leadership Identify the necessary leadership skills and competencies which are essential to successful digital transformation. Get Started >>

Cyber Security This e-learning module are to identify the necessary skills and competencies around cyber security which are essential to successful – and safe – digital transformation. Get Started >>


Embodied Carbon in Infrastructure Business Bytes

Join BAM Nuttall, Costain & Willmott Dixon at our Embodied Carbon in Infrastructure Business Bytes on the 18th May!

Our panel of experts in this field will discuss what embodied emissions are, how to measure and reduce them. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and join in the debate.

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If you have any questions about Infrastructure or the School please contact [email protected]

Top stories for Scotland this month:

 

Campaign to tackle modern slavery launched

Communities and businesses are being urged to be vigilant and report signs of modern slavery as Police Scotland launches a new campaign to raise awareness of the issue. Read More

Green jobs in Scotland

Scotland’s low-carbon economy transition ‘could create up to 367,000 jobs’ Read More

Edinburgh Council proposes how it will become a net zero organisation by 2030

Draft plans include ensuring that all new council operational buildings are constructed to the highest energy criteria and electrifying all council car and van fleets. Read More


Did you Know a NEW digital topic area has launched?

Digital technology has the potential to transform construction, but only if the sector is equipped with the right skills and knowledge. Look at the learning available in our NEW topic to help you on your digital construction journey.

Take a Look >>

Digital resources recommended for you this month…

An Introduction to your Digital Journey How and when should you start your digital transformation? Watch Now

Digital Leadership Identify the necessary leadership skills and competencies which are essential to successful digital transformation. Get Started

Cyber Security This e-learning module are to identify the necessary skills and competencies around cyber security which are essential to successful – and safe – digital transformation. Get Started


Have you caught up on our Biodiversity resources?

The Supply Chain School is working with Nature Scot to communicate out some of the resources they have developed for organisations working in Scotland. The conservation and enhancement of Scotland’s natural heritage is the responsibility of Nature Scot, the public body who oversee the development and management of protected sites, species, and scenic areas.

You can find these new resources on the Scotland page


If you don’t measure, you can’t manage

Complete our free self assessment to get your bespoke action plan today. The benefit of assessing is that it provides a tailored action plan. This list of 10 resources tells you where you should focus your learning with direct links to top-quality materials…

Learn More

FM Market Update: May 2021

 

Top stories for FM this month:

 

A positive outlook for FM this year?

The Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management has just released its Market Outlook 2021 report, finding that a majority of FM professionals believe the market will improve in the next 12 months, despite ongoing concerns. Read more here. 

7.5 million workers in the UK hoping to do their jobs from home permanently:

New research from Deloitte shows more than one in five UK workers are hoping to work from home all, or almost all, of the time once lockdown restrictions have lifted. Read more. 

Building owners & developers capitalising on health & wellbeing will benefit in post – pandemic world: 

A new report from JLL highlights the key trends over the next five years that developers and building owners will need to address to meet the radically altered needs of occupiers, who have been forced to re-think their relationship to the office as a result of the pandemic. Find out more. 


Did you know a NEW digital topic area has launched?

Digital technology has the potential to transform the built environment, but only if the sector is equipped with the right skills and knowledge. Look at the learning available in our NEW topic to help you get t grips with what’s needed.

TAKE A LOOK >>

Digital Resources recommended for you this month:

An Introduction to your Digital Journey How and when should you start your digital transformation? Watch Now >>

Digital Leadership Identify the necessary leadership skills and competencies which are essential to successful digital transformation. Get Started >>

Cyber Security This e-learning module are to identify the necessary skills and competencies around cyber security which are essential to successful – and safe – digital transformation. Get Started >>


Benchmark your Sustainability knowledge!

Our free Maturity Matrix tool has been designed to help you assess your company’s current Sustainability strengths and to identify the areas in which you can develop your competencies.

The assessment will help to benchmark your current knowledge of sustainability topics and then generate a tailored action plan. This list of 10 resources tells you where your company should focus learning, with direct links to top resources. Get started today! 

ASSESS NOW >

If you have any questions about FM or the School please contact [email protected]

Wales Market Update: May 2021

 

Top stories for Wales this month:

 

Sustainability leaders address construction students:

NPTC Group of Colleges has developed a series of talks for their construction students focused on ‘Constructing the Future- Buildings, People & Planet’. Construction and Building Engineering Students from NPTC Group of Colleges are in for a treat this Spring as the College has been successful in organising several high profile guest speakers to deliver a range of innovative virtual presentations. Find out more. 

Whole home surveys  underway for optimised retrofit project:

The Optimised Retrofit project, supported by Welsh Government, is now live, with Whole Home Surveys being delivered across Wales by more than 100 trained industry professionals. The collaboration of 68 partners (Including The Supply Chain Sustainability School), and 26 social housing providers, and managed by Sero, will see the decarbonisation of more than 1,750 Pathfinder homes to enable the creation and refinement of the tools required to roll out the large-scale decarbonisation of homes across Wales and beyond. Read more.

FE Colleges lead the way on the future of apprenticeships:

ColegauCymru believes that the Welsh Government’s confirmation of investment in the FE-led work-based learning sector is essential to support Wales’ economic recovery post-Covid. Find out more. 


Did you know a NEW digital topic area has launched?

Digital technology has the potential to transform the built environment, but only if the sector is equipped with the right skills and knowledge. Look at the learning available in our NEW topic to help you get t grips with what’s needed.

TAKE A LOOK >>

Digital Resources recommended for you this month:

An Introduction to your Digital Journey How and when should you start your digital transformation? Watch Now >>

Digital Leadership Identify the necessary leadership skills and competencies which are essential to successful digital transformation. Get Started >>

Cyber Security This e-learning module are to identify the necessary skills and competencies around cyber security which are essential to successful – and safe – digital transformation. Get Started >>


Delivering Social Value in Wales

Join us on the 19th May at our ‘Delivering Social Value in Wales’  lunch ‘n’ learn where you will hear from School Partner, Willmott Dixon, on their approach to creating social value in Wales.

At this lunch ‘n’ learn you will:

  • Find out about Willmott Dixon’s business model, and how they use their commercial operations to support and sustain charity programmes for offender rehabilitation, residential and educational support.
  • Discover how Willmott Dixon measure, monetise and report social value
    Find out what is expected of WD’s supply chain in this areaHave an opportunity to submit questions to Willmott Dixon during a live Q&A session
REGISTER NOW >

If you have questions about Wales or the School please contact [email protected]

The Supply Chain Sustainability School, a multi-award-winning initiative which represents a common approach to addressing sustainability within supply chains, has today launched the first ever construction-focused skills hub, dedicated to improving the quality of procurement practices.

The construction sector has not increased its productivity over the forty last years and the Supply Chain Sustainability School members often cite procurement as a blocker to innovation and improved performance. The procurement hub has been set up to increase the skills level for those who buy products and sub-contract services within our industry. By improving these procurement skills, the School hopes to drive productivity improvements and increased value for clients.

A joint venture with the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS), the Institute for Collaborative Working (ICW) and King’s College London, this programme will demonstrate the value of good procurement to the built environment sector, providing free self-assessments, e-learning modules, an innovative cloud-based performance tool and a library of best practice procurement resources.

The Supply Chain Sustainability School’s new topic area in procurement, aims to provide a wide range of free resources to help organisations of all types and sizes improve their procurement skills. Procurement is a critical part of client and contractor policies and strategies; therefore this new topic area will cater for businesses at all stages of their procurement journey, featuring four key topics: Procurement for Beginners, Procurement for Professionals, Supplier Relationship & Management and Collaborative Construction Procurement.

The School is co-funded by CITB and industry Partners, with the direction of the School being led by over 120 Partners – working in collaboration, they share knowledge and free resources to inspire the UK built environment to drive positive change and each share a common desire to upskill the industry.

Shaun McCarthy OBE, Chair of the Supply Chain Sustainability School, said: “In the 25+ years since the Latham Report, there have been various calls for the construction industry to improve the way it procures. Although the industry has pockets of good practice, there is still a need to embed better procurement in all tiers of the supply chain. I am proud to have worked with Partners such as CIPS and Kings College London to lead a programme of work to develop learning resources for all levels of competence through the Supply Chain Sustainability School, which will be made available free of charge to the industry.”

Duncan Brook, Group Director at the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS), said: “Improving procurement skills and capabilities throughout the construction sector has been highlighted in a number of studies and reports as an essential part of addressing some of the poor commercial practices which affect performance, reduce quality and impact safety. It is important that improvement in procurement practices happen at all levels of the supply chain. We at CIPS have been happy to support this important procurement education initiative by the Supply Chain Sustainability School. We would encourage everyone to take advantage of these excellent educational resources and invest the time to improve their procurement skills.”

Professor David Mosey, Centre of Construction Law, King’s College London said: “Industry training on collaborative procurement is long overdue. A practical understanding of collaborative relationships, tools and systems is essential to help us resolve age-old problems and to improve efficiency, value and risk management. King’s College London Centre of Construction Law have been glad to support the Supply Chain Sustainability School in developing their modules, workshops and online tools on Collaborative Construction Procurement, and we strongly recommend them.”

The Supply Chain Sustainability School provides free practical learning and support in the form of sustainability training, networking, e-learning modules, tailored assessments, action plans and a library of over 2,900 online resources. Sign up for free this spring to take full advantage of the new topic area in procurement.

The new topic page can be found on the Supply Chain Sustainability School’s website

HS2 Ltd, Highways England, Network Rail and Transport for London have joined forces in encouraging small and medium sized businesses to register for free training courses, designed to  improve their prospects of meeting Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) supply chain requirements and help them secure future contract opportunities.

Working in partnership with the Supply Chain Sustainability School, the four transport bodies want to make it easier for companies to demonstrate their commitment to the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) agenda.  The Fairness, Inclusion and Respect (FIR) Programme has been developed for the construction industry to provide an industry context to the EDI agenda.

The Supply Chain Sustainability School is recognised as a leading training provider and has supported SMEs with accessing free training since 2012.  Through the FIR programme they have supported over 2,000 businesses, helping them to improve their understanding of Fairness, Inclusion and Respect, and its importance in the workplace.

All four organisations outline good practice standards and requirements expected from suppliers to win work. Collectively, the four bodies are now supporting UK businesses to get ‘contract ready’ by providing access to a consistent source of training. This removes the requirement for businesses to complete numerous training and assessment programmes to satisfy multiple clients.

The CITB have funded the FIR Programme for five years, but with the economic impact of COVID they had to reduce funding for this financial year, which meant the FIR programme faced challenges in sustaining its full offer of training. HS2 Ltd, Highways England, Network Rail and Transport for London stepped in to support the FIR programme, to ensure SMEs can continue to access courses free of charge to support their long-term growth prospects and maintain consistency in the UK’s pipeline of infrastructure programmes.

Mark Lomas, Head of EDI at HS2 Ltd said:

“We’re passionate about improving EDI and FIRs outcomes right across our supply chain. A project the size, scale and longevity of HS2 offers a unique opportunity to deliver measured improvements that can improve people’s working lives and career prospects. We’re proud to be supporting this initiative and hope to see many SMEs registering to take part.”

Malcolm Dare, Executive Director of Commercial and Procurement at Highways England, said:

We are delighted to be working closely with HS2, Network Rail and TfL and the Supply Chain Sustainability School to grow our supply chains’ EDI capability and resilience.  We are committed to this agenda and are looking to bring positive and lasting change by delivering meaningful social impact and value through this work.”

Loraine Martins, Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Network Rail said:

“The opportunity to collaborate with Highways England, HS2 and TfL to support our respective and often shared supply chains, so that we are building diversity and inclusion confidence and practices within our sector, was too important to miss.  The more that we can spread best practice and raise standards together, the more beneficial to our collective workforces. We’re pleased to be able to support the Supply Chain Sustainability School in this way and to further our shared ambition to have a more diverse and inclusive working environment.”

Staynton Brown, Director of Diversity, Inclusion and Talent at Transport for London, said:

“Creating a truly diverse and inclusive culture within our sector brings many benefits in delivering a transport network that reflects the communities it serves. This starts with educating and influencing the biases and behaviours of those who work within our industry.

“We are proud to be working with the transport industry to continue our support for these free courses that the Fairness, Inclusion and Respect programme provides. This training will help our critical UK-wide supply chain partners improve upon the great work many are already doing. This will help to continue to drive down barriers and ensure working in transport infrastructure projects is truly accessible to all.”

Businesses can access free online EDI/FIR training pathways at www.supplychainschool.co.uk/fir which cover the following topics:

  • FIR e-learning: Recruiting People, Fairly and Inclusively
  • FIR e-learning: Managing Challenging Conversations
  • The Business Case for Fairness, Inclusion & Respect
  • Monitoring & Reporting Workplace Diversity
  • FIR in Procurement and Supply Chain Management
  • Understanding Unconscious bias
  • Mental wellbeing in Construction

Completion of online courses allows participants to gain CPD points and access bespoke action plans which promote the implementation of good practice workplace standards.

Ian Heptonstall, Director of the Supply Chain Sustainability School said:

“I’m delighted that we have four leading infrastructure clients providing a clear and consistent “ask” of their supply chain. The funding provided by these clients enables suppliers to access construction specific training that will help them develop their knowledge of equality and diversity good practice and in turn foster a culture of fairness, inclusion and respect within their teams – making our industry better for all.”

In November 2020, the World Green Building Council (WGBC) launched its Health & Wellbeing Framework, a multi-year effort that reflects the experience, ambition and best practice documented by Green Building Councils across the world. This is an intelligent framing of wellbeing that maps to all 17 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and recognises the interrelationship between human rights, and public and ecological health across the value chain.

Under each of its sub-principles, the Framework sets out the state of health, outcomes, strategies across the lifecycle, benchmarks, and resources. The Framework is applicable across the full gamut of sustainability challenges, from reducing carbon to improving biodiversity and emphasises networked rather than siloed solutions. We should be putting our weight behind this kind of systems-approach as we transition towards an equitable, inclusive, and climate-resilient built environment.

The launch event, hosted by the BBC’s Simon Shelley, demonstrated the nexus between building health, human health, and planetary health. Delegates were reminded that our health starts before we get to diagnostics and the determinants in the built environment can be amplified by urban environment – for instance, by promoting a sedentary population that suffers from poor mental health due to insufficient social connection, lack of access to nature, poor nutrition and polluted air. Dr Joseph Allen of Harvard’s T. H. Chan School of Public Health urged us to look beyond the current crisis, see health as more than just the prevention of disease, and to reframe the questions we ask.

Instead of fixating on whether healthy buildings are expensive, we should be asking if unhealthy buildings are expensive. The answer, of course, is a resounding yes. The economics of investing in healthy buildings have long stood up to scrutiny and we know that they pay dividends in orders of magnitude compared to costs. In the UK context, British Land and WPI’s research in 2018 suggested that designing for wellbeing could result in a £3.6bn saving for Government on health and welfare spend by 2050 – often at little extra cost. The economy could see a productivity increase of around £5.4bn, and UK businesses could save £6.3bn’s worth of output otherwise lost through employee absence.[1]  Examples of organisational maturity on building health are emerging across the value chain. Just last month, for instance, Grosvenor Britain and Ireland was the first UK landlord to adopt biomimicry paint that neutralises pollutants and bacteria, breaks down viruses including influenza and purifies the air.[2]

2020 has been a painful example of the significance of cities and urban areas as laboratories for public health. As almost 70% of the global population will be urbanised by 2050, we need to sharpen the focus on networked solutions that deliver co-benefits for long-term public health.  Ultimately, the value of the WGBC Health & Wellbeing Framework will be in how it is used by the industry – it should be a permanent addition to the arsenal informing strategic decisions about the future of our built environment. The Supply Chain Sustainability School warmly welcomed the opportunity to participate in the WGBC Health & Wellbeing Framework Review Panel, and this collective bank of transdisciplinary knowledge is reason to celebrate.

Claire Bradbury

Action Sustainability & Supply Chain Sustainability School

 

[1] British Land, 2018: https://www.britishland.com/news-insights/stories/design-life

[2]Grosvenor, 2020: https://www.grosvenor.com/news-and-insight/all-articles/revolutionary-anti-viral-air-purifying-paint-adopt

The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has launched a consultation to canvas views of property and construction professionals on a definition of social value for the built environment sector.
The definition will help to set a standard of ambition for projects and provide a common language around social value for built environment practitioners
The consultation looks at what elements should be included within the definition, with questions designed to elicit feedback on each element’s usefulness, as well as on the content itself.

The deadline for the consultation is 21 August 2020.

Last month, UKGBC announced participants in the industry task group for this project, with experts from organisations including the Supply Chain Sustainability School, been involved in the design of this consultation.

The task group will play a key role in reviewing the responses and making recommendations. Feedback will be used to develop the first draft of the definition and ascertain which elements require further exploration through roundtable discussions this autumn.

This work forms part of UKGBC’s Social Value programme which has been made possible this year thanks to the generous support of Programme Partners: Argent, Avison Young, Buro Happold and Federated Hermes.

Respond to the consultation >

The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has announced a new task group which will develop a definition of social value for the built environment sector.

Despite growing interest, there is still significant confusion around social value in the context of the built environment. Planners, procurement teams and investors often don’t know what to require from delivery partners and sometimes set requirements in an inconsistent way. There are often calls for standardisation, particularly around the measurement of social value, but also for flexibility, with practitioners recognising that social value must be considered in local contexts.

The task group aims to develop a definition of social value that is relevant to a broad variety of development types, geographies and communities, providing the industry with a common language, consistent principles and an agreed hierarchy of delivery.

UKGBC will undertake a consultation later this summer to canvas views across the industry to inform the definition.

The task group is being supported by, and includes representation from, the following trade associations, professional institutions and non-profit organisations:

  • Better Buildings Partnership (BBP) British Property Federation (BPF)
  • Buildings Research Establishment (BRE)
  • HACT
  • Local Trust
  • Quality of Life Foundation
  • Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)
  • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
  • Supply Chain Sustainability School
  • Urban Land Institute (ULI)

Read more detail in the UKGBC press release here >

The Supply Chain Sustainability School launches its industry Plant Charter, committing to emissions reductions.

The School has launched its Plant Charter, a commitment by organisations designed to reduce their air quality emissions, and School Partner Flannery Plant Hire, has committed to be its first signatory.

The Plant Group has been working on how the sector can collaborate to reduce both air quality emissions that lead to local health impacts and the global effects of carbon emissions from the plant and equipment we all use.  As a result, the group developed the Charter to encapsulate and communicate their approach to this.

James Cadman, School Plant Group lead & Lead Consultant at Action Sustainability explains:

“Our aim is that the Supply Chain Sustainability School will lead the way for the UK’s built environment to drastically reduce onsite emissions to air that are harmful to human health and the planet, such that they will reach net zero by 2040 and contribute to UN Sustainable Development Goals 3, 11 and 13. We would like organisations up and down the value chain to collaborate with us in coordinating our efforts to reduce these emissions for everyone’s benefit.”

Flannery have been a proactive member of the School’s Plant Category Group and support the collaborative approach across the industry to achieve these goals.

Managing Director Patrick Flannery commented:

“As a business, understanding our environmental impacts and managing these is really important. Sustainability and innovation are two of our key value drivers and underpin the decisions we make and ensure we can support clients in the delivery of the cleanest, and most efficient hire solutions for their construction projects.

It is, however, really important that there is a consistent approach throughout the supply chain and the Supply Chain Sustainability School are best placed to facilitate this. I am sure that this Charter will have a great impact and as a business, we wanted to confirm our commitment and support by being the first signatory.”

The industry has been under increased scrutiny from clients and the government on the negative effect engines have on the air quality of our towns and cities. Coupled with policy and penalties pushing organisations to address these issues via a fleet and plant strategy, the construction industry has been looking closely at how it operates plant, what it invests in, and how plant is disposed.

The Plant Group was established by School Partners and other key industry stakeholders to develop and facilitate the implementation of the School’s position on best practice sustainable procurement within the category. This Partner collaboration, including Flannery (Partners since 2012), is helping to identify and provide the supply chain with information and guidance on plant standards and management.

Flannery’s Strategic Manager Chris Matthew, who sits on the Group’s team, said:

“Being part of the working group that has developed this Charter has proved hugely beneficial for our business. Sharing best practice and ideas can only help to drive the behavioural change our industry needs to meet commitments to papers like this, but also broader papers like Construction 2025.

It has identified, for us, key areas that we know we understand and can now help our supply chain partners develop and adopt, through examples like our ECO-Operator program and our developing data offering for clients (the effective use of telematics to optimise hire fleet).

It has also supported the business as we forward plan, talking to manufacturers about investment and renewal of our fleet and the types of innovation we would like to continue seek out and bring to market.”


More information:

Visit our dedicated page on the Charter and see all the latest signatories here.

To read the Charter, please click here.

If you are interested in becoming a signatory to the Plant Charter, please get in touch with [email protected].

You can also have a look at the Plant Group’s Minimum Standards Guide.

An update from the School in regards to CITB Funding

 

The Covid 19 crisis is having a profound impact on economies around the world and the School is not immune from this. Some of our partners are facing hard times and on 13th May 2020 we were advised that all our CITB funded projects are to be suspended for an indefinite period. This combination of events has resulted in a 37% reduction in our revenue for 2020/21.

On 14th May 2020 the School Board has approved a plan to deal with this in a way that delivers all the School’s core services virtually and puts a hold on some of our projects until we can find alternative sources of funding or until the CITB funding returns.

We remain 100% committed to delivering our vision to be “the world class collaboration to enable a sustainable built environment”.

Please click here to see our formal update for our members.

London Build 2019

Hear us speak & see us at stand L22

27th-28th Nov | London Olympia

**Use our unique link to get your free ticket now.**

 

Action Sustainability and the Supply Chain Sustainability School will once again be supporting and sponsoring the Sustainability Summit at London Build 2019 next week (27-28 November, London Olympia). Come visit us at stand L22.

London Build is the leading construction and design show for London. Learn from London’s leading architects, developers, contractors, engineers, suppliers and industry bodies, who are leading the way to a sustainable future for London’s construction industry.

Please come and hear our speakers:

Wednesday 27th November 2019

Graham Edgell, Director of Sustainability and Procurement, Morgan Sindall Group and School Board member will be chairing day 1 of the Sustainability Summit.

Thursday 28th November 2019

Martin Gettings, Head of Sustainability, Canary Wharf Group and School Board member will be chairing day 2 of the Sustainability Summit.

2:40pm: Helen Carter, Lead Consultant, Action Sustainability will be speaking on a panel about modern slavery.

3.10pm: Liz Holford, Lead Consultant, Action Sustainability will be presenting on Fairness, Inclusion and Respect and how it works across the construction industry, how any company can meet its duties under the Equality Act 2010, then go beyond legal compliance to create an inclusive workplace culture, and capture the business benefits that brings.

3.30pm: Martin Gettings will also be doing a double act presentation with James Cadman, Head Consultant at Action Sustainability on climate change, and sharing examples from the industry.

**Use our unique link to get your free ticket now.**

London Build 2019 Stand L22

Download the show preview guide.

 

If you have any further questions or need any more info, get in touch with the organisers at [email protected].

Sourced from Just-Drinks

Anybody with half an eye on the UK’s tortuous progress – I use the word in the loosest possible sense – towards departing the European Union would be surprised, if not amazed, to find a civil servant or minister engaged in anything beyond the Government’s hapless navigation through the Brexit process. It is, therefore, testament to the gravity and urgency of the issue of plastic waste, and the degree of public concern the issue provokes, that amid the unprecedented political turmoil and mountainous legislative backlog created by Brexit, the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) this week launched three consultations, representing the initial phase of its ‘Resources & Waste’ strategy.

The three consultations relate, respectively, to the reform and expansion of extended producer responsibility regulations; measures to increase consistency in the materials collected for recycling by local authorities and the introduction of a deposit return scheme (DRS) for drinks cans and plastic and glass bottles, covering England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Also this week, the UK Government’s Treasury department has launched a consultation on its proposed tax on packaging that does not meet a set minimum threshold of recycled content, scheduled to take effect from April 2022. The consultation will seek feedback on the Government’s initial proposal of a threshold of 30% recycled content.

The Government has an unusually large number of consultations pending, which prompted a group of 32 trade associations to write to Environment Secretary Michael Gove earlier this month, urging planned consultations be placed “on pause” until current uncertainties over Brexit are settled. Food and drinks businesses are, the letter stated, “totally focused” on mitigating the “catastrophic impact” of a no-deal Brexit.

Having launched his Resources & Waste strategy with considerable fanfare in December, Gove was clearly reluctant to see its initial phase delayed unduly, even though government resources are every bit as stretched at the moment. While a number of other Defra consultations have been put on hold, the three relating to waste and recycling have only been extended so they now close on 13 May rather than in April. Gove has also intimated officials will look into whether the Department of Health’s consultation on the promotion of HFSS (high in fat, salt or sugar) might also be extended.

Among the bones of contention likely to be aired during the consultations is the scope of the DRS. A choice has clearly been set out between an ‘all-in’ scheme which would cover all containers, or one that focuses on the smaller containers used in the ‘on-the-go’ sector.

In their immediate responses to the launch of the consultations this week, the British Soft Drinks Association (BSDA) and the British Retail Consortium (BRC), which represents UK supermarkets, have backed different approaches. While applying a returnable deposit to the largest number of containers possible appears compelling in terms of maximising the proportion of packaging being recovered for recycling, if a comprehensive DRS model were adopted, there would be an impact on the economies of kerbside collection for local authorities.

“We need a targeted Deposit Return Scheme, working across the UK, that complements kerbside recovery,” the BRC stated. “The best way is by focusing on cans and plastic bottles consumed outside the home, to decrease the chances of them littering our streets or ending up in the ocean. Targeting on-the-go consumption avoids undermining existing household collection schemes, taking away a key source of revenues for local councils, as well as making life more difficult for households who can currently recycle these items from the comfort of their home.”

However, the BSDA said it supports the introduction of a nationwide DRS for all beverage containers, as its assessment “suggests this is the best way to increase recycling levels and tackle litter”.

The UK Government’s strategy also reflects a determination to optimise the UK’s extended producer responsibility ?(EPR) legislation, whereby the costs of managing packaging waste are met by the businesses initially creating the packaging. While EPR measures have been in place since 1997, they currently meet only 10% of the net costs. The plan is to reform and expand EPR so it meets the full net costs of managing packaging waste.

In a period of such bitter political division, there appears to be relatively broad support for the new measures to tackle packaging waste and boost recycling, underlined by an endorsement of the Resources & Waste strategy in a recent report from cross-party think tank Policy Connect.

Policy Connect engages in key public policy debates through the work of All-Party Parliamentary Groups, forums and commissions, which are informal groups of Members of both Houses of Parliament with a common interest in particular issues, and through collaboration with the public, private and third sectors.

The Achieving Zero Waste Exports report welcomes the recognition by Michael Gove that the UK can no longer rely on shipping plastic waste abroad. It describes the RWS as “an ambitious blueprint”, and sets out 18 recommendations to “build on the direction of travel set by the strategy, seeking to stretch its ambition for plastic waste”.

Of concern to drinks companies in the UK and elsewhere is that the supply of recycled plastic (rPET) is sufficient to meet targets companies are now setting themselves for the use of recycled content in packaging. The prospect of a tax from 2022 on packaging containing less than 30% recycled content makes the supply issue even more crucial. With this in mind, the Policy Connect report recommends a variable threshold.

“The Treasury should set the percentage of recycled content target for their proposed tax at different levels for different packaging formats, depending on the availability of recycled material,” the report states. “The Treasury should devise a protocol for periodically revising these target percentages upwards as recycling improves.”

While the UK ponders new waste and recycling legislation, it was reported last month that the Indonesian island of Bali is planning to introduce a US$10 tourist tax levied on each of the island’s 5.7m visitors annually, to raise funds to address plastic waste pollution on its beaches and in its waters. Last month also saw the launch of the Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW), an industry coalition that aims to bring together companies from along the plastics value chain, including oil and chemical producers and consumer goods firms. Backed by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, the AEPW plans to invest US$1.5 bn over the next five years to “help end plastic waste in the environment”, developing and bringing to scale “solutions that will minimise and manage plastic waste” and “helping to enable a circular economy”.

However, the initiative drew immediate and harsh criticism from environmental pressure group Greenpeace, which described the coalition as “a desperate attempt from corporate polluters to maintain the status quo on plastics”.

While FMCG giant Procter & Gamble is a founding member, as yet no drinks firms or food producers have joined, though an AEPW spokesperson told just-drinks: “There are discussions with several companies in the food and beverage sectors about joining the Alliance.” By contrast, a number of major drinks producers, including NestleDanone, the Coca-Cola Co and PepsiCo, were prominent founding signatories last October to the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment, a multi-stakeholder initiative led by environmental campaign group the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to eliminate plastic pollution at its source.

Although the AEPW’s membership so far only includes companies, the Alliance spokesperson stressed that taking a “multi-stakeholder approach” would be “essential” to its work. “We continue to talk with not only companies from throughout our value chain, but with NGOs, governments, multilateral institutions and others about ways to combine our efforts for greater impact.”

The Alliance spokesperson also appeared to suggest a global NGO could become a strategic partner, stating: “The World Business Council on Sustainable Development is a strategic partner. Circulate Capital is also a strategic partner. There are ongoing discussions with global NGOs and we hope to be able to share more in the near future.”

Sourced from Ecotextile News

MAIDSTONE – Following today’s publication of the Environmental Audit Committee’s ‘Fixing Fashion’ report, the Textile Recycling Association has called for the UK government to accept and act on the recommendations made.

It has also called on stakeholders from across the clothing supply chain to accept responsibility and do what it takes to deliver a ‘circular economy’ for the sector given that: “the British public consumes more clothing per head of population than any other country in Europe,” says TRA director Alan Wheeler.

 

These 9 technological innovations will shape the sustainability agenda in 2019

McKinsey sustainability experts weigh in on the year ahead.

Sourced from McKinsey & Company

With a new year, we’re taking a fresh look at where sustainability is headed globally. What technologies will drive the global discussions, and moreover, which will have the greatest impact in 2019? I asked McKinsey’s leading sustainability experts for their thoughts.

1. Public electric transport. It’s not only individual vehicle owners who have better access to electric vehicles (EVs) than ever before—there are 160 electric and hybrid vehicle models available today—but municipalities are taking notice as well. In China, 300,000 electric buses hum down city streets every day. Their widespread adoption in China—an economic coup as much as a policy one—will entice European cities to follow suit. Although these eBuses have higher acquisition prices due to upfront battery costs, their total cost of ownership (TCO) is lower due to their independence from pricey diesel. They also eliminate local particulates, including SOx, NOx, and CO2, all major issues in most cities today.

Read more: The European electric bus market is charging ahead, but how will it develop?

2. Electric trucks. With personal electric vehicles grabbing more and more market share, commercial fleets could follow suit rapidly. But to ensure an efficient transition, we need a firm understanding of the total cost of ownership. Decades ago, widespread adoption of electric trucks—or “eTrucks”—was cost prohibitive. But today, the total cost of ownership could soon be on par with diesel-run trucks, due in part to increasingly cost competitive and available electric vehicle infrastructure. We predict that adoption of battery electric commercial vehicles (BECVs), especially in the light- and medium-duty segments, could surpass the car EV sales mix in some markets by 2030. And although many heavy-duty BECVs will need to charge mid-route, our analysis shows that a charging station every 80 to 100 kilometers on popular routes will suffice for early phases of adoption.

Read more: What’s sparking electric-vehicle adoption in the truck industry?

3. Cheap energy storage. The new age of electric vehicles has rapidly expanded the market for lithium and cobalt batteries—and drastically reduced their price. Lithium ion batteries now cost $200 per kilowatt-hour compared to $1,000 per kilowatt-hour just nine years ago. The expanded market for batteries has implications for more than just EVs. Industry and utilities are finding broader use for them as energy-storage solutions. With prices for batteries rapidly dropping, they are proving valuable to reduce power costs, increase reliability and resiliency, and make power systems more flexible to operate. But the wide accessibility of cheap energy storage also means utilities will need to change quickly. One way will be to move away from a variable rate structure to a fixed fee for access to the grid (like cable TV), especially as consumers begin to generate their own energy. Another will be to revise grid-planning approaches by increasing circuit-by-circuit nodal planning.

Read more: Battery storage: The next disruptive technology in the power sector

4. Long-term storage. Lithium-ion batteries are great for addressing short-term storage needs (4-5 hours) that arise frequently (20-200 times per year), but the market also wants solutions that address long-term storage needs brought on by seasonal shifts and multi-day periods when the sun does not shine and the wind does not blow. Historically, hydropower dams were one of the only approaches to manage these seasonal shifts. Otherwise, the system would need to build a whole series of plants that only run for a few days each year. Fortunately, a new series of innovators believe they are close to developing long-duration storage technologies. Google X just spun off Malta, which is storing renewable energy in molten salt. Antora Energy is trying to solve the same problem by building a low-cost thermal battery for grid-scale energy storage. And BP-backed Lightsource is adding storage to solar developments. What’s clear is that if long-term energy storage works, the price of power will decline significantly. These long-term solutions could eliminate the cost incurred through the underutilization of assets during and save money by inserting lower-cost generators such as solar and wind in the power supply.

5. Plastic recycling. 260 million tons of plastic waste is generated across the globe every year, but only 16 percent gets recycled. The plastics industry has the opportunity to move away from a “take, make, and dispose” business model and adopt a circular model, which aims to eliminate waste across sectors while creating economic, societal, and environmental benefits. One promising circular process is pyrolysis, which uses heat and the absence of oxygen to reconvert plastic waste back into liquid feedstock. The benefits are economic as much as environmental, with a recycling-based profit pool estimated at $55 billion by the next decade.

Read more: No time to waste: What plastics recycling could offer

6. LED light efficiency. Energy-efficient LED lighting is quickly replacing traditional incandescent bulbs in American homes and is expected to achieve 84 percent market share by 2030. In 2030 alone, LED lights will reduce energy consumption by 40 percent, which adds up to $26 billion in savings adjusted to today’s energy prices. These are dramatic cost savings, but according to the Department of Energy, the U.S. can still see an additional 20 percent in energy savings with increased investment in LED lights.

7. Accessible solar power. Renewable energy continues to become cheaper and more accessible into 2019, a trend that has major implications for the nearly 1 billion people across the globe without access to electricity. While expanding the grid is part of the access solution, countries in sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean, which account for a majority of the world’s unelectrified population, are exploring renewable solutions like solar energy to bring energy quickly and inexpensively to millions. Innovative financing plans can help make previously unaffordable solar home systems (SHSs) a smart solution for communities that are too far from a reliable grid connection. A recent McKinsey assessment determined that SHSs can help power 150 million households by 2020.

Read more: Bringing (solar) power to the people

8. Carbon capture and storage. Instead of just focusing on completely decarbonizing the major industrial commodities behind plastics and cement, we can also consider safely capturing the carbon emitted when these commodities are produced. Carbon capture and storage (CCS) allows industry to capture carbon at its source, compress it, and move it to a suitable permanent storage site. The technology not only has the potential to significantly reduce greenhouse-gas emissions—it can also mean more money if the CO2 can be used profitably to make other products. Several industries are already working to put captured carbon dioxide to profitable use, including manufacturers who use captured carbon to make plastics, such as polyurethane. Emerging technologies, including direct air capture, have previously been too cost prohibitive to implement at scale. But a new Stanford University study predicts that direct air capture, which grabs carbon dioxide from the air and converts it into synthetic fuel, could eventually drop from $600 per ton of carbon dioxide to less than $100.

Read more: Why commercial use could be the future of carbon capture

9. Hydrogen in the energy transition. It’s difficult to imagine how we meet ambitious global warming benchmarks without including hydrogen as a critical part of the solution. Hydrogen-led pathways to cleaning up the environment forecast hydrogen powering more than 400 million cars, 15 to 20 million buses, and more than 20 percent of passenger ships and locomotives by 2050. Although battery-powered electric vehicles exhibit overall higher fuel efficiency, hydrogen-powered fuel cells can store more energy with less weight. This makes them an ideal solution for heavy cargo vehicles that must travel long distances. Hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles are already on the road in Japan, South Korea, California, and Germany—and more than 10 models are slated for release by 2020. In short, hydrogen fuel could help the world meet its goal of decreasing carbon dioxide emissions by 60 percent. Although the necessary technology exists today, the costs for producing hydrogen need to decline significantly, and the infrastructure that supports it needs a step up. Hydrogen could facilitate smarter use of other renewables by acting as a long-term transport and storage solution for renewable electricity. It could be a key enabler in the energy transition.

Read more: Hydrogen scaling up: A sustainable pathway for the global energy transition and Hydrogen: The next wave for electric vehicles?

Defra want to know what you think about their proposals to make biodiversity net gain necessary for developments when granting planning permission. Biodiversity net gain is an approach which aims to leave the natural environment in a measurably better state than beforehand. In particular, they are interested in hearing views on:

  • Standardising the approach so that it’s simpler and clearer for developers
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