New campaign to combat air pollution in construction

New campaign to combat air pollution in construction

Survey by Considerate Constructors Scheme reveals need for greater awareness about poor air quality.

Air pollution in the construction industry has been recognised as a key concern for the sector following a recent survey. 84% of survey respondents acknowledged there is an issue with air pollution in the construction industry, while nearly two thirds (64%) felt the industry was not doing enough to tackle this issue. Just over half (56%) believed they have a good or detailed understanding of air pollution.

Produced in response to the survey findings, the Considerate Constructors Scheme’s ‘Spotlight on…air pollution’ campaign provides a number of resources for the sector. It aims to help the construction industry address the issue of air pollution from their activities in and around construction sites.

Considerate Constructors Scheme Chief Executive, Edward Hardy said: “A staggering 40,000 deaths a year are linked to air pollution in the UK, and many people are suffering long-term health problems caused by poor air quality. As construction is a significant contributor to air pollution, it is essential for the industry to put measures in place to clean up our air by working together to reduce our impact on air quality.

“The Scheme’s Spotlight on…air pollution campaign provides everyone within the industry access to a practical suite of resources including best practice, guidance and case studies from Scheme-registered construction sites, companies and suppliers on how to tackle this issue, as well as guidance from organisations including the Institute of Air Quality Management, Healthy Air Campaign and the Greater London Authority.”

Hosted on the Scheme’s Best Practice HubSpotlight on…air pollution’ provides a variety of practical steps, case studies, resources and regulatory information to help the industry address this issue in the short, medium and long term.

If you have any ideas for additional resources to become part of the Campaign, please email enquiries@ccsbestpractice.org.uk

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