Government policy in Wales is moving at pace towards a “net zero” future and this is no more apparent than in the area of transportation with roads projects being “paused” or cancelled as we await the outcome of the Welsh Government’s “Roads Review”. Either way it is likely to lead to more change (and potentially in England and Scotland too) with investment streams being redirected to lower carbon transport solutions especially around rail, bus travel, active travel and investment in our existing assets. The recent Partnership Agreement between Welsh Labour and Plaid Cymru is also placing great emphasis on social housing, renewable energy projects, water quality and supply, biodiversity and flood risk management. The report Decarbonising Our Infrastructure (Datgarboneiddio Ein Seilwaith) produced by CECA Wales following our conference with the Association of Consultancy and Engineering (ACE) and the County Surveyors Society (CSS) already gives us an action plan to take forward changes across our sector.

In 2022 our aim is to support construction clients to reduce the carbon footprint of infrastructure projects across Wales by working with the Welsh Construction Forum and other partners to implement the CECA Wales Action Plan based on our 2021 Decarbonising Our Infrastructure  report. This will involve 4 key themes:

  1. Justification – ensuring that carbon performance is embedded in investment justification models
  2. Procurement – ensuring that procurement processes reflect carbon performance
  3. Materials and technology – ensuring that the choice of materials and technologies reflects carbon performance
  4. Business Development – supporting businesses towards a zero carbon future

We’ll also be supporting members to decarbonise their operations by

  1. Providing guidance on ways to reduce their carbon footprint
  2. Improving their understanding of carbon management planning for SMEs


CECA Wales Annual Awards 2022 : Call for entries
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This year’s CECA Wales Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony will once again be held at the Hilton Hotel in Cardiff on Friday 28th October 2022. One of the highlights of the evening are our Awards and we will be announcing the winners during the evening’s proceedings.  As a reminder, the award categories are as follows:-…

A UK Energy Strategy for the future? Or a bundle of possibilities?
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Last week the UK Government published its energy strategy for the next 30 years. For some it’s a blueprint for future energy security, for others it’s too little, too late and does nothing to help those struggling to pay their bills today. Suffice to say it’s a mixed bag. Nevertheless, there are some pointers for…

In Wales’s interest: Let’s collaborate, put politics aside and prioritise Wales’ infrastructure needs.
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Ed Evans, Director of the Civil Engineering Contractors Association Wales calls for greater collaboration across the infrastructure sector in Wales with a clear focus on “value” and for governments in Wales and Westminster to work together in Wales’ interest.   As the dust settles from the Christmas celebrations and politicians, decision makers and those who…