11 Aug 2022

Help at hand for plastics companies to achieve net zero

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The British Plastics Federation (BPF) is launching a Net Zero briefing document, introducing the steps companies need to take along their carbon reduction journey.

This new document features on the recently launched BPF’s Net Zero Hub, which provides a range of resources to assist companies in achieving net zero emissions.

With the UK Government setting legislation to achieve decarbonisation, industry has a key role to play. MakeUK’s Demystifying Net Zero report highlighted manufacturing’s 11% contribution to UK carbon emissions. As a manufacturing sector, the plastics industry will have a role in delivering a future low carbon economy. As highlighted by the UK Government’s October 2021 publication Net Zero Strategy: Build Back Greener, Net Zero is not possible without plastics. For example, it noted the importance of replacing iron pipes with plastic pipes to reduce methane leakage across the gas network.

The BPF’s Net Zero Briefing: Introduction to Net Zero for the Plastics Industry provides an overview of Net Zero, including scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions. The briefing takes companies through the most important measures needed to achieve Net Zero starting with measuring, reporting and moving through to reduction, optimisation and tackling residual emissions. For companies looking to implement net zero targets this briefing provides a succinct overview of the most important aspects of net zero for the plastics industry.

What’s in the Hub?

In the BPF’s Net Zero Hub, companies will find a ‘decarbonisation directory’, listing BPF member companies who have either made commitments according to the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) or UN’s Race to Zero as well as companies with interim company-wide emission reduction targets.

The Hub also contains useful information on various industry net zero plans which detail the strategy for a host of sectors, including the energy sector. There are further resources available, including training on the topic and tools to measure and reduce carbon emissions.