CIOB: Collaborative action will help industry prepare for a low carbon future

CITB-ConstructionSkills and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) are working together to help the construction industry prepare for – and win work from – the low carbon agenda. The collaboration comes as industry waits for greater clarity on the opportunities to be created by the launch of the Green Deal next year.

The organisations are taking action together so that CITB-ConstructionSkills’ Cut the Carbon campaign and the CIOB’s Carbon Action 2050 offer the greatest benefits for industry. Together, they are working to help the industry keep up to date with the low carbon construction news and policy, and to help businesses to make the most of the opportunities that are presented.

The CIOB created Carbon Action 2050 to inform industry on reducing carbon emissions through best practice and innovation. ConstructionSkills’ Cut the Carbon campaign focuses specifically on the knowledge and skills that small and medium sized businesses need to capitalise on low carbon building opportunities.

By working together, the organisations are facilitating the process for construction businesses to understand the broader agenda as well as the action they need to take to acquire skills and qualifications for low carbon work.

Mark Farrar, Chief Executive of CITB-ConstructionSkills, comments: “With the launch of the Green Deal now less than one year away, the time to prepare for the future is now. A truly collaborative effort across industry is crucial to success in the drive for a low carbon future. CITB-ConstructionSkills and the CIOB are leading the way, working together to help businesses get the right low carbon knowledge and skills in place. We fully endorse the Carbon Action 2050 campaign, and we are excited about the impact that our new collaborative action plan offers for industry.”

Chris Blythe, Chief Executive of the CIOB, adds: “Without the right qualified people the industry simply won’t meet the demands of the carbon agenda. It is vital we equip today and tomorrow’s workforce with the knowledge they need, and find ways of sharing what they learn with others. Our partnership with CITB-ConstructionSkills will provide advice and guidance alongside practical solutions, which can make a real difference for industry. Collaboration is the only way to go in the drive for a more sustainable built environment.”

CITB-ConstructionSkills and the CIOB will work together on a number of projects including the promotion of awareness and understanding of the low carbon agenda, and the creation and dissemination of information on actions for businesses to take to prepare for a low carbon future.

To find out more about the Cut the Carbon campaign, visit To find out more about Carbon Action 2050, visit

For further information please contact Isobel Shayle or Isabel Stanley at Camargue at / or on 01242 577277.



Notes to editors

About CITB-ConstructionSkills: CITB-ConstructionSkills is the Industrial Training Board (ITB) for the construction industry in Great Britain (Scotland, England and Wales). We are working to ensure that construction employers have the right skills, in right place, at the right time by investing funds and providing a wide range of industry-led skills and training solutions. We are also a partner in ConstructionSkills, the Sector Skills Council (SSC) for the UK construction industry, and we are raising employer engagement in training, providing labour market insights on future skills needs and developing standards and qualifications for the sector. As an ITB and SSC are providing vital support to a sector which is central to the UK economy. For more details on our work please visit

The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB):

The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) represents for the public benefit the most diverse set of professionals in the construction industry.

Our Mission
To contribute to the creation of a modern, progressive, and responsible construction industry; able to meet the economic, environmental and social challenges faced in the 21st century.

Our 7 Guiding Principles
· Creating extraordinary people through professional learning and continuous personal development.
· Promoting the built environment as central to the quality of life for everyone everywhere.
· Achieving a sustainable future, worldwide.
· Advocating exemplary ethical practice and behaviour, integrity and transparency.
· Pursuing excellence in management practice, and technological innovation rooted in evidence based science.
· Being socially responsible and working responsibly.
· Enabling our members to find an emotional resonance with the Institute; their success is our success.

We have over 47,000 members around the world and are considered to be the international voice of the building professional, representing an unequalled body of knowledge concerning the management of the total building process.

Chartered Member status is recognised internationally as the mark of a true, skilled professional in the construction industry and CIOB members have a common commitment to achieving and maintaining the highest possible standards within the built environment.

Further information is available by contacting Saul Townsend CIOB Press and Communications Manager on t: 01344 630 766 or e:

Cut the Carbon:

The Cut the Carbon campaign was launched in October 2010 by a partnership between CITB-ConstructionSkills, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) and the National Specialist Contractors Council (NSCC) to help small and medium sized business (SMEs) prepare for the construction industry’s low carbon future through skills and knowledge. The Cut the Carbon portal – – offers information on the Green Deal as well as guidance and advice on winning low carbon work, details of training and qualifications, case studies and the latest information on policy and legislative changes.


Carbon Action 2050: is an online action plan designed to inform those working and operating in the built environment on how to reduce carbon emissions. We are doing this as, worldwide, buildings use around 32% of the world’s resources in construction, and generate up to 40% of global greenhouse gas emissions.

The CIOB is ideally placed to share local knowledge globally. Collectively, we are a diverse group of construction management professionals, uniquely placed to share knowledge and best practice between industry sectors, and across international borders.


The Green Deal:

The Green Deal is the government’s flagship energy saving policy, creating a framework for businesses to offer consumers energy efficiency improvements with no upfront costs. Through this structure, the Green Deal will aim to retrofit twenty six million buildings, with the aim to create two hundred and fifty thousand jobs. However, only firms that are trained and accredited will be able to carry out this work

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