At the consultants sub-working group, AECoW highlighted the need for consistent, clear, and effective monitoring roles, and responsibilities, which must be supported by the contracts.

AECoW strives for robust, independent EnCoW monitoring (ie. that is paid for by the Client, or Contractor, but commissioned independently, to avoid creating any compromise, or conflict of priorities); effective feedback mechanisms based on EnCoW monitoring outcomes, stronger developer enforcement of its contractors, and tighter controls in relation to delivery of construction phase environmental mitigation and commitments.

This could reflect the CDM requirements for Client, Designer, Contractor, similar to accountabilities for health and safety on construction projects, for environmental protection. Therefore, Client’s having stronger mechanisms in their contracts to influence, and control, Contractor behaviour, and for both to better demonstrate their compliance without leaving it to the regulator to monitor compliance.

The Working Group is still holding ‘regulator’, client’ and ‘contractor’ sub-working group meetings and encourages anyone who’s interested in participating to get in touch at [email protected].