The government wants the industry to report on its performance and is helping to develop a set of indicators. The next step will be for the sector to prepare its own sustainability plan setting out targets for action. The Government is encouraging all industry sectors to prepare such plans, but to date, the automotive industry is the only one to have risen to this challenge (see separate article in today's issue).
Meanwhile, today's strategy also pledges the government to use its influence as a major purchaser to encourage the construction industry to move towards more sustainable practices. All ministries are to adopt their own action plans within three years, focusing on improved design and reducing life-cycle impacts of projects.
Environmental group the Council for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE) today welcomed the government's move, describing it as a "positive step towards reshaping the construction industry".
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