In January 2006, Green Alliance held a joint event with the Eden Project to explore the issues around sustainable construction and closed loop approaches. This area was chosen as it is one of the areas of UK consumption with high environmental impacts, not just in terms of carbon, but also in terms of materials input and waste.
Later, in July 2006, we held a seminar called Waste neutral construction: making the concept a reality. The event explored the notion of waste neutral (high recycling rates, and where any unrecycled waste is balanced by recycled materials bought in) and identified the key opportunities and barriers of this approach.
In July 2007 we discussed the implications of the revised Waste Strategy for the construction industry with a selection of representatives from the industry, government and other stakeholders.
Roy Hathaway, head of waste management at Defra, gave us an overview of the policies and targets that aim to halve the amount of construction, demolition and excavation waste going to landfill by 2012. He also gave attendees an overview of the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BEER)'s Sustainable Construction Strategy.