This week has a distinctly green feel about it. This is not a reference to any shoots of recovery (especially given the fears of a 'triple dip') nor to the milder (that is, not snowy) weather. Rather it is a comment on how much of the news in construction this week seems to be looking closely at green issues.
This is, of course, a growing trend. The sustainability agenda is becoming more prominent and it is pleasing that construction is taking something of a lead - witness the push towards green by major players such as Skanska, McAlpine and Willmott Dixon (amongst others). But this week we see leading stories on the Green Deal (fully launched on 28 January) and the prospect of legal challenges to the Government's cut to feed-in tariffs. This follows hot on the heels of the launch by 'Building' magazine, earlier this month, of its 'Green for Growth' initiative which calls for a collective effort by the construction and infrastructure industries in the UK to back the green agenda.
Watch this space for further news and views on these issues. We will also be making its own contribution to the debate with two Construction Green Breakfast meetings, at our Oxford office, on 7 February and 28 February.