The construction industry is one of the biggest contributors to carbon dioxide emissions.
The article below discusses one way in which the industry is responding to the challenge to reduce its carbon footprint, by reducing the emissions involved in the production of concrete. This is an interesting development, but whether it is adopted by the UK construction industry is another question. With all tiers of the construction industry operating on tight margins, the fact that the new form of concrete is more expensive than the conventional material will probably deter many.
However, if the UK is to achieve its target of net zero emissions by 2050 then we will need more innovations like this. Legal professionals can play their part by working with their clients and counterparties to integrate environmentally conscious drafting into their contracts. This should assist businesses in meeting their environmental goals.
Today we use more concrete than any substance, other than water. That means it accounts for about 8% of the carbon dioxide (CO2) we emit into the atmosphere. That is substantially more than the aviation industry, which makes up about 2.5% of emissions.