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Construction minister Brian Wilson has urged all sectors of ...
Construction minister Brian Wilson has urged all sectors of

the industry to work together to meet the 21st century challenge of

building a green Britain.

Greater energy efficiency and ultimately renewable energy must be key

features of all future build, the minister told a major industry

figures at a speech in London.

He told the 2003 Building Awards audience that government will lead

by example in the public sector, but that it was everyone's

responsibility to play a part in the process of accelerated change,

in keeping with policy set out in the recently published Energy White


Of the government's lead role, Mr Wilson said:

'The shift to far greater energy efficiency is also an ideal

opportunity to intensify the efforts already being made to improve

the productivity of the construction industry.

'We will bring forward to 2005 the next revision of the Building

Regulations to raise standards for energy efficiency in new buildings

and refurbishments.

'Crucially, we will set an example by improving energy efficiency in

public buildings and procurement. We have also announced further

measures to support the use of combined heat and power.

'Achieving these bigger and faster changes will require the concerted

effort of all parts of the industry.'

This includes customers (particularly in industry, business and the

public sector), architects and designers, the construction industry,

manufacturers and suppliers, professional bodies, energy companies,

as well as government itself.

Mr Wilson also announced a cross-government summit to spearhead the

strategy, adding:

'To assist this process, we will be bringing together representatives

of all the key players in a Better Buildings Summit, which will be

jointly convened and chaired by Ministers from ODPM, DEFRA and DTI.

'This is likely to be held in June. The aim of the summit is to give

industry and clients the firm me ssage that better, sustainable

buildings - especially in relation to energy efficiency (and into the

future, renewable energy) is not an option; it is something that must

be done through corporate social responsibility 'pull' and/or

regulatory 'push'.

'Overlaying this is the message that government is seeking a

partnership in the way we 'de-carbonise' our building stock,

involving all of the players in delivering greener, better buildings


1. The Energy White Paper, published in February 2003, is the first

comprehensive, forward-looking statement of energy policy for over 20


2. It is based on the most substantial consultation on energy policy

ever undertaken in the UK, taking in the views of over 6,500

individuals and groups.

3. This new energy policy sets out a path to cut the UK's carbon

emissions by some 60% by about 2050.

4. Energy White Paper available at

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