The CLF calls for a radical rethink of the supply chain


The Scottish Construction Leadership Forum (CLF) advocates a radical overhaul of the supply chain as a catalyst for a more sustainable economy, claiming that local sourcing and increased use of recycled materials is part of the solution to net zero and current material. shortages.

Together with the Construction Scotland Innovation Center, the CLF is unveiling a comprehensive information initiative designed to help the industry shift away from dependence on imports and support a green recovery.

Ivan McKee, Scottish Government Minister for Business, Trade, Tourism and Enterprise and Chairman of CLF, said: “Developing local supply chains improves resilience, supports net zero and helps increase the economic benefits to Scotland. We have a good track record here of building local supply chains for PPE and other commodities.

“I am pleased to have recently taken over as CWF President and look forward to working with the sector on this and other key issues. It is good to see our recovery plan creating opportunities to share best practices and provide practical help to businesses. “

Around 60% of the materials used in UK construction projects are imported from the EU and, with some supplies such as softwood for new housing, the figure rises to 90%. Items such as cement, steel, aggregates and plastics are also difficult to obtain.

As part of its recovery plan, the CLF is now proposing that industry in Scotland look to longer-term transformation to help build a stronger and greener economic future. To point a path towards this goal, it publishes a series of best practice case studies that show how the industry can contribute more to local economies and play its role in supporting local suppliers.

Peter Reekie, Managing Director of the Scottish Futures Trust and Chairman of the CLF Executive Group, said: “In an interconnected world, we will never be completely self-sufficient, but it’s time we started to think about it. One of the most effective ways to move towards net zero carbon is to use local resources and recycled materials, and our case studies feature fantastic stories of Scottish companies and entrepreneurs who have truly sought to make the difference.

“We hope that by capitalizing on these successful cases, we will inspire other Scottish companies to think more locally and consider the impact they could have on reducing carbon emissions, supply chain issues and l ’employment. These illustrative examples can be seen as milestones on the road to the long-term goal of building a productive, profitable, low-carbon and socially responsible construction industry.

Solutions promoted by the CLF include projects such as the community-led East Whins Eco-Village near Forres, the NHS Louisa Jordan Hospital in Glasgow and the University of Glasgow campus. Innovative local sourcing solutions include companies making bricks and concrete from construction industry waste and a company making insulation boards from locally grown industrial hemp.

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