Why 2024 is the year to embrace circular economic models

Joanne Conway

Making cyclical construction a sector-wide objective would help meet decarbonisation objectives and strengthen supply chains, providing certainty to deliver infrastructure projects at the scale the UK needs, writes Joanne Conway

I don’t think many people would disagree with me when I say that 2023 was a turbulent year for our industry. While there was lots to be positive about in terms of innovation and sector collaboration, continued pressure from all sides – from global supply chain squeezes to a lack of clarity on policy – has left many of us scratching our heads about the direction of travel in 2024.

We have also never seen this level of scrutiny and debate about the role that infrastructure should be playing in UK growth and decarbonisation. Conversations are well timed to the recommendations laid out by the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) as part of its recent five-year assessment (NIA2), which will guide government investment over the next 30 years.

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