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Whether it is large scale rail projects, or improvements to our highways, sustainability plays an integral part of project delivery in infrastructure.

Supporting the delivery of sustainable infrastructure

Industry clients are facing increasingly tough environmental and social requirements on the largest pipeline of major infrastructure projects for decades.

Project investment over the next 20 years provides the industry with an opportunity to not only improve the transport, energy and utility infrastructure, but also to deliver significant reductions in environmental impacts and improvements in the value that society receives from this public investment.

Clients are demanding more sustainable practices; stakeholders are exerting more pressure and legislation is becoming increasingly stringent. As a result, the demand for supply chains to provide efficient, green and ethical solutions as normal business routine is increasing.

“As an infrastructure partner in the School, we believe that working in partnership with our supply chain is the best way to make things happen at scale.”
Nathalie Ritchie, Supply Chain CSR Manager, National Grid

With tough UK carbon reduction targets in place, waste in resources provides negative impacts both from an environmental and an economic perspective.

Legislation, Government procurement policies, investor pressure and clients demands are causing organisations to fundamentally rethink their business models and the ways in which they operate. The Infrastructure Group brings together clients, Tier 1 contractors, specialist sub-contractors, suppliers and consultants to work in collaboration to address the unique range of challenges our industry faces today.

Excellence in this area is providing organisations within the supply chain an opportunity to differentiate themselves from their competitors and work with more enlightened clients.

Net zero strategies and Science Based Targets

The infrastructure sector has a significant role to play in decarbonisation. In 2019, two-thirds of the total greenhouse gas emissions of the UK came from transport, energy, waste and wastewater infrastructure (1). It’s therefore crucial that client organisations set ambitious decarbonisation targets, but also that supply chain partners can understand and contribute towards achieving these targets.

This report, produced for the Infrastructure Group by Action Sustainability, set out to understand key themes in the carbon reduction strategies of client organisations and asks for suppliers – both to help clients understand where greater consistency and alignment could be created, and to provide suppliers with a simple guide on what they should expect when engaging with these organisations.

Read the report

Supplier Development System – Creating a Sustainable Supply Chain

The Supply Chain School and National Highways have worked with prime contractor supplier partners to develop a Supplier Development System (SDS), available to all National Highways existing and potential suppliers.

Find out more and Enrol on the Supplier Development System

Key topics for the Infrastructure sector

To help our members develop a holistic understanding of the impacts relevant to the infrastructure sector, we offer a suite of resources on the following related sub-topics:

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Key resources for the Infrastructure sector

Energy and Carbon
Waste and Resource Efficiency

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