Chris Newsome signs the Carbon Infrastructure Review alongside Michael Fallon

Anglian Water, government ministers and other major industry leaders today signed a joint initiative to reduce carbon in infrastructure which could save as much as 24 million tonnes of carbon and £1.46 billion a year by 2050.

The initiative to save valuable resources by using new technologies, construction techniques and low carbon materials to cut down on emissions was signed at the launch of the Infrastructure Carbon Review published today.

Infrastructure and related industries account for around half of the UK’s current carbon emissions. Cutting the amount of materials consumed in construction and using existing resources more efficiently will reduce cost as well as carbon.  

The review developed jointly by government and industry through the Infrastructure Cost Review and Green Construction Board, which is chaired by Anglian Water’s director of asset management, Chris Newsome, sets out a series of actions for government, clients and suppliers that have the potential to reduce up to 24 million tonnes of carbon from the building of UK infrastructure by 2050.  

By endorsing the review, government and industry will work together to implement, monitor and review progress against these objectives. The Green Construction Board will host a cross-industry event in Spring 2014 where clients and industry can set out the progress they have made against the pledge commitments.

Chris Newsome, Director of Asset Management for Anglian Water and Chair of Green Construction Board working group, said:  “This review is about reducing carbon and reducing cost. At Anglian Water, we have gained real value from adopting lower carbon solutions and now business leaders across the infrastructure sector are endorsing the review and taking action to do the same.  

“I’ve been very proud to be associated with the infrastructure carbon review and the long term benefits it will deliver within the UK.”  

Commercial Secretary to the Treasury, Lord Deighton, said: “If we want a strong, globally competitive economy we have to invest in efficient infrastructure. The government has set out its long term infrastructure strategy, and we’re working with industry to make sure that we deliver cost effective and sustainable projects.  

“This agreement means that we could save the UK economy £1.46 billion a year by 2050 which is a vital step forward in carbon and cost reduction. Industry as well as government must continue to drive this work forward so we get the infrastructure that the UK needs to compete in the global race.”  

Business and Energy Minister, Michael Fallon, said: “This review makes the business case for carbon reduction in what we build. It has been written by business leaders not civil servants and throws down the gauntlet to the construction sector to get behind what could be a game changing initiative.  

“Real change won’t happen by acting alone but through government and the construction industry working together in line with our industrial strategy. This is a sector that supports around 3 million jobs and where the UK has a strong competitive edge. We want to keep it that way.”