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A collaboration between UK trade body, Finishes and Interiors Sector (FIS) and the Supply Chain Sustainability School, is working to deliver Net Zero carbon emissions within the finishes and interiors sector.
Following the establishment of a virtual training portal that is being hosted on the Supply Chain Sustainability School website, a programme of training courses in sustainability have been introduced as part of a collective focus on change and supply chain engagement.
A workplace group is overseeing the portal's objective of delivering objectives in the five core areas of:
- Increasing knowledge and understanding within the supply chain
- Setting targets and standardisation (including monitoring and measuring impact)
- Providing an active network and encouraging collaboration
- Highlighting individuals and approaches that help inspire and inform change
- Informing design and encouraging better asset management
FIS Board Member, Phil Brown from Meronden Interiors, who has been supporting the FIS Sustainability Working Group, explains: "In our supply chain there is a growing understanding, not only of our responsibilities, but also the potential of the sector to support change. Our Working Group really starts with a focus on helping individual businesses in the sector to take the first and identify the next step to being better in terms of sustainability. In the true sense of sustainability there is absolutely no point in reinventing the wheel. The collaboration with Supply Chain Sustainability School was quickly identified as a priority, as it has an amazing wealth of resource that can help educate and inform our supply chain and we just needed as a first stage to curate this and help set up some suggested learning pathways.
"This launch is the first step, but we have ambitious plans together to develop the content and with it the understanding of sustainability through our supply chain."
Graham Edgell of Morgan Sindall who is a Board Member of Supply Chain Sustainability School, adds: "Collaboration is key to driving change. The School exemplifies this with an open source approach that makes content, developed by experts, available to all. It is great that we have teamed up with FIS, one of the more dynamic bodies in industry and represents a key sector within construction to really help drive knowledge and capability on sustainability issues. With an improved understanding of the issues we can all individually and collectively help companies and the sector deliver more sustainable outcomes and play our part in the CLC CO2nstruct Zero programme and the national Net Zero effort”.
With the construction sector accounting for an extimated 40 per cent of carbon consumption in the United Kingdom, the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) Roadmap to Recovery includes proposals to secure the future of construction businesses nationwide, while setting the industry on a sustainable path towards recovery, and the overall goal of improving "design, product selection and manufacturing and construction processes to deliver built assets that achieve a 50% reduction in greenhouse gases as part of the pathway towards net zero."
Additionally, the finishes and interiors sector is estimated to be responsible for 40 per cent of energy consumed by a building (with approximately 300 metric tonnes of fit-out materials going to landfill every day), prompting FIS to work towards rallying the secotr and working with the school as a partner organisation to support the delivery of the Co2nstruct Zero strategy.
Visit the Finishes and Interiors Sustainability Virtual Training portal which is available at Finishes & Interiors | Supply Chain Sustainability School.