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January 29, 2024

Construction's Scope 3 Emissions Lag Behind

Construction's Scope 3 Emissions Lag Behind

Mobilityways, a prominent carbon analysis consultant, recently unveiled findings from its Road to Net Zero Study, revealing that the UK's tier one construction contractors are lagging behind in their emissions reduction efforts when compared to other industries. This comparative study sheds light on the pressing need for the construction sector to accelerate its decarbonization journey.

Understanding the Road to Net Zero Study

Mobilityways' comprehensive 48-page study delves into the progress of large UK organisations in addressing decarbonization within their operations and supply chains. Building on this, the recent comparative study specifically explores how tier one construction contractors in the UK are faring in their efforts to reduce emissions.

Construction Trails Other Sectors

The stark reality is that the construction sector is trailing behind its counterparts in other industries. According to the study, only 54% of construction firms surveyed were collecting Scope 3 emissions data by the end of 2023. This stands in contrast to the financial services and healthcare sectors, where 71% of organisations with over 1,000 employees had commenced reporting on Scope 3 emissions.

Scope 3 Emissions: A Critical Component

Scope 3 emissions, particularly the indirect ones that encompass emissions along the supply chain, play a pivotal role in a firm's overall greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. These indirect emissions are estimated to account for more than 70% of a typical construction firm's total GHG emissions. Addressing Scope 3 emissions is crucial for a comprehensive and effective approach to reducing the carbon footprint of the construction industry.

Challenges and Opportunities

The findings underscore the urgent need for the construction sector to intensify efforts in monitoring and mitigating Scope 3 emissions. While challenges exist, including the complex nature of supply chains and the diversity of construction projects, there are also opportunities for innovation and collaboration. The industry must explore sustainable practices, embrace technological advancements, and work closely with stakeholders to achieve meaningful progress.


The revelation that the construction industry lags in addressing Scope 3 emissions serves as a call to action. As global initiatives focus on achieving net-zero goals, the construction sector must not only catch up but also lead in sustainable practices. This news emphasises the importance of collaboration, innovation, and a collective commitment to building a greener, more sustainable future. By addressing Scope 3 emissions head-on, the construction industry can play a pivotal role in the larger effort to combat climate change and create a lasting positive impact on the environment.

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