The Civil Engineering Contractors’ Association (CECA) is calling on stakeholders across the construction industry and beyond to act now to reduce carbon emissions in the sector.
The CECA, which represents many of Ireland’s largest and most established civil engineering firms, wants the sector and its clients to take decisive and collective action now to limit carbon emissions and reduce their impact on climate change.
John G Murphy, President, CECA, and Managing Director, Murphy Ireland, said: “While much work has been done by companies individually to shift towards more sustainable and environmentally friendly work practices – and the majority of our sector’s work makes the world around us more sustainable and connected through the upgrading and improving of infrastructure – we cannot escape the fact that the construction process and the materials used throughout contribute heavily to carbon emissions.
“The CECA believes that true change in this area can only be achieved if a concerted and collective effort is made to move away from C02-heavy practices and materials, with the support of clients and designers, making more enlightened, greener choices with sustainability in mind from design to delivery.”
Paul Sheridan, Director of Main Contracting, CIF, added: “There is a wealth of knowledge, experience and expertise within the CECA that can assist public policy to make this shift toward greener, more environmentally-friendly solutions, making the industry more efficient and effective. We welcome any opportunity to further engage with Government in this regard.
Paul Sheridan explained that the CECA will be a key supporting partner in the government’s Climate Action Plan.
“The CECA support the National Development Plan and recognise the importance of the Government’s National Investment Framework for Investment in Ireland in choosing the right type of infrastructure based on sound criteria. CECA members are working to align their supply chain to the EPA Public Green Procurement Guidelines to reduce embodied carbon. They are also fully supportive of the circular economy and creating the necessary infrastructure to reduce, reuse and recycle construction waste.”