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Council to pledge support for steel industry

Charter signing will help shape future projects

Leicestershire County Council is set to pledge its support to the steel industry by signing up to the National Charter for Sustainable British Steel.

If agreed, it would mean the council purchasing carbon steel reinforcement for concrete to a specific standard, which is sustainable and sourced responsibly.

The council’s cabinet will consider signing up to the Charter when it meets next week. If it decides to go ahead, it could help shape construction and highways' contracts in the future.

 

This is an initiative that looks to promote the use of quality sustainable steel in construction projects. Signing the Charter will not only guide future ways of working, but we will also seek to encourage contractors to get behind sustainable steel. It is important that we make a positive impact on environmental, economic and social sustainability

 

Steel is an important component in council projects, such as road construction and new schools.

The approach is backed by the Government, which is committed to implementing measures to enable UK steel producers to compete effectively for public sector contracts.

Cabinet will meet on Friday, June 23 when members will consider registering its support for the Charter. The meeting starts at 11am and will be webcast, live, at www.leicestershire.gov.uk/webcast - a recording will be available from the following day.

 

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