The Scaffolding Association welcomes Net Zero Strategy, but says practical help and guidance will be key to delivering its objectives.

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Press Release

Published: October 21, 2021

The government has published its Net Zero Strategy, setting out policies and proposals for decarbonising all sectors of the UK economy to achieve net zero.

The strategy describes how the UK will deliver on its commitments to reach net zero emissions by 2050 and outlines the measures needed to transition to a green and sustainable future and reduce Britain’s reliance on imported fossil fuels to protect consumers from global price spikes by boosting clean energy.

Included is a pledge from government to increase its £1 billion commitment to support the electrification of UK vehicles and their supply chains by an additional £350m and a further £620m for targeted electric vehicle grants and infrastructure, to support plans to put thousands more zero emission cars and vans on UK roads through a zero-emission vehicle mandate.

Government claims the strategy will support up to 190,000 jobs by 2025, up to 440,000 jobs by 2030, and leverage up to £90bn of private investment by 2030.

It was published alongside the Heat and Buildings Strategy which sets out the government’s plan to significantly cut carbon emissions from the UK’s 30 million homes and workplaces whilst ensuring this remains affordable and fair for households and businesses across the country. 

Robert Candy, Chief Executive of The Scaffolding Association, said “The Scaffolding Association is a strong advocate for moving to a sustainable future, but individuals and businesses will not be able to do this without scalable practical help, support and the tools they need to understand and play their part.”

He added “We will work tirelessly to ensure our members and sector get the support it will need”.

The construction sector currently accounts for approximately three percent of the UK’s total carbon dioxide emissions.

Notes for editors

The Scaffolding Association is the UK’s largest dedicated trade association representing the Scaffolding and Access industry.

The construction sector employs 2.7millon people, contributes over £100bn to the UK economy which is 7% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Press Contact: Chris Seaton – [email protected] or 07979 531464