Specialist Engineering Alliance report will demand earlier involvement in sustainable design on new projects

A working group of the Specialist Engineering Alliance will launch a report in January, calling for greater integration on sustainability.

The working group, an alliance of contractors and manufacturers headed up by Lord O’Neill, will call for early involvement with the supply chain so sustainability can be worked into designs from the beginning.

The O’Neill report will also detail ways companies can invest in training to deliver sustainable projects, and will contain case studies of good and bad practice.

Rudi Klein, the Specialist Engineering Contractors Group’s chief executive, said: “On a lot of projects you have a situation where everybody is committed to sustainable solutions and wants waste to be minimised. Halfway through ideas are ditched because the project is going over budget. That’s because they haven’t got people involved at the outset.”

The Alliance is formed of members from the Specialist Engineering Contractors Group, the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE), the Federation of Environmental Trade Associations (FETA), BSRIA and the Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE).