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Autumn date for construction's Courtauld Commitment

A Courtauld Commitment-style voluntary agreement to reduce construction waste will be launched in the autumn.

The Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) -led agreement will follow the recent Utility Industry Agreement (mrw, April 10 2008), which built on WRAPs experience with other sector-wide pacts.

WRAP head of construction Mike Watson said: WRAP has spent the first part of this year in consultation with representatives from the construction industry as we work on the development of a new voluntary agreement for the sector.

"Working with sector specific initiatives, such as the Utility Industry Agreement, this Construction Waste Commitment will unite the industry in reducing construction waste to landfill. It will also support the halving waste to landfill target as set out in the Government's draft strategy for sustainable construction.

"We will be asking businesses to embed targets in their corporate policies and processes, monitoring and reporting on their progress at corporate and sector level, with measurement tools that WRAP will provide. We aim to present this new commitment to the industry in the third quarter of 2008 as a key mechanism for tracking progress towards the halving waste to landfill target.

Watson also explained how previous experience of brokering agreements had helped shape the utilities agreement: WRAPs Courtauld Commitment has tried and tested the voluntary commitment model and shown that it works. This mechanism offers a clear focus for a coordinated industry approach, at the same time demonstrating individual ownership and responsibility for the targets agreed.

"While we have benefited from our experience in establishing previous sector agreements - such as the Courtauld Commitment (retail waste reduction) and the Ashdown Agreement (plasterboard recycling) - the utility initiative focuses on a different sector and is driven by different needs. The concept is more closely aligned with initiatives such as 'Road to Zero', a five year programme established by the National Grid which is aimed at reducing waste to landfill and reducing the amount of primary aggregate used in their reinstatement works.



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