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        Our Focus This Month

        Sustainability

        Barbour ABI are creating a monthly series documenting the best the construction industry has to offer. Not organisations, not data-led research, but the people, those people that are championing a cause or producing excellent work in a particular field of expertise.

        When it comes to sustainability, you could say it is the hot topic of the construction industry with many throwing the word around flippantly and some organisations only paying lip service to it or seeing it as a necessity to get behind rather than a fundamental part of what they stand for.

        In reality, sustainability isn’t new or indeed a recent thing, in fact some sources suggest the origins of sustainability as we know it go back to ‘An Essay on the Principle of Population’ written by Thomas Malthus in 1798 depicting a world where the population grows quicker than its resources1.

        Fast forward to 2021 and Thomas Malthus could take some kudos for his theory as we see the increase in the world’s population outgrowing our natural resources. The construction industry is no exception to the rule here. In 2016, 63 % (120 million tonnes) of waste in England was attributed to construction, demolition and excavation (C,D&E)2. Although 90% of the construction and demolition waste is downcycled, this still leaves millions of tonnes going to landfill, before even considering other such pollutants such as carbon emissions.

        These numbers are hard to ignore and even harder to change the habits of an industry with many practices that are not sustainable. This is not to say that change isn’t wanted within construction, but to change this narrative we need people to champion the cause and highlight new ways of sustainability.


        1. https://www.activesustainability.com/sustainable-development/do-you-know-when-sustainability-first-appeared/
        2. Defra (2018) https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/resources-and-waste-strategy-for-england

        Placing the spotlight on people, not just data

        Highlights

        We take a look at eight people throughout construction who are workings towards creating a more sustainable industry.

        Summary

        This month Barbour ABI is paying tribute to those amazing people that are pioneering the future of the construction industry, giving kudos to those paving the way in the field of sustainability.

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