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Edie webinar: Building a sustainability culture within the construction industry

Following Edie’s insight report on the construction industry, a one-hour webinar, sponsored by Reconomy (the parent company of Network Waste), has taken place bringing together industry experts, focusing on how they embedded sustainability cultures within their firms – and how they plan to take forward their agendas.

The webinar highlighted some of the overarching challenges and opportunities facing the sector in the drive to lower carbon emissions, waste, and resource usage. Topics covered during the webinar included:

  • The importance of establishing and delivering on social value targets
  • Becoming a ‘responsible business’
  • The use of technology
  • Collaboration within the construction industry
  • Adopting a best practice approach.

The key takeaway from the webinar was that the construction industry sits at a crossroads, and reinvigorated by unprecedented technological advancements and game-changing energy innovations, the sector now has a unique opportunity to ensure green business lies at the core of its future progress. At the same time, 40% of carbon emissions are from the built environment, 60% of material use, and a third of all waste in the UK comes from the construction industry, so there is also urgency about moving forward with a sustainability agenda – something the speakers were all keen to stress.

On the webinar were Edie content editor Matt Mace, Head of Sustainability at Willmott Dixon, Simon Tranter; Head of Business Transformation at the UK Green Building Council, Alastair Mant, Responsible Business Director at Mace, Isabel McAllister; and Director of Managed Accounts at Reconomy, Jamie Roberts.

Click here to watch the webinar.

Click here to read the full webinar write-up.

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