BMF supports global green initiative

1 June 2023

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is supporting a global initiative, calling for a new approach to sustainability in the built environment.

The BMF is one of over 80 leading industry bodies supporting the launch of Our Shared Understanding: a circular economy in the built environment, published today (Thursday, June 1), which sets out why all sectors and disciplines must work together to enable a circular economy in the built environment, optimising the use of resources and reducing waste.

“The circular economy focuses on a ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ process, and Our Shared Understanding calls for collective action to put circular principles at the heart of how we design, manage, build and use our existing buildings and infrastructure,” said John Newcomb, BMF CEO.

“The initiative is designed to address global challenges such as achieving net zero emissions, providing climate resilience, protecting biodiversity, and enabling social equity.” 

The BMF is a committed sustainability champion and sees supply chain collaboration as a key element to drive change. As well as facilitating a regular Sustainability Forum to share best practice and sustainable solutions on issues such as single use pallets, the trade body has encouraged members to participate in CO2nstructZero, the construction industry’s zero carbon change programme, with over 30 merchants and suppliers now assessed and accepted as CO2nstructZero Business Champions.