The announcement follows a commitment he made in Parliament last week to ensure that UK steel manufacturers are “at the front of the queue” as Government rolls out its “infrastructure revolution”.
However, while the news that UK steel producers will be front and centre when the projects are established, given the Government’s commitment to decarbonisation and the circular economy, the BMRA hopes Government will combine this commitment with its ‘build greener’ pledge.
“The ‘build back greener’ plan offers Government the perfect opportunity to set firm targets in terms of green procurement when it comes to awarding construction contracts. Where practicable, construction companies should be required to use materials comprising set levels of recycled content,” said James Kelly, BMRA’S CEO.
Where practicable, construction companies should be required to use materials comprising set levels of recycled content
“This measure would contribute to Government’s decarbonisation goals as using scrap to produce products such as rebar is less carbon intensive, and would reduce the need for primary materials, which is in line with the objectives of the circular economy,”
With two sector-specific apprenticeships for metals recycling and a real need for new workers, the BMRA also welcomes the Prime Minister’s “opportunity guaranteed” commitment for every person to have an apprenticeship or in-work placement.
“I look forward to seeing more details in the coming weeks, both about Government plans to encourage employers to take on apprentices and how it will use its plans for build back greener to help it power towards its decarbonisation goals”, Mr Kelly added.