The British Plastics Federation (BPF) has announced the release of a new net zero briefing document, available on the recently launched BPF Net Zero Hub, which introduces the steps companies need to take along their carbon reduction journey.
With the UK government playing a leading role in setting legislation to achieve decarbonisation, the industry has a key role to play. MakeUK’s Demystifying Net Zero report highlighted manufacturing’s 11% contribution to UK carbon emissions, and as a manufacturing sector, the plastics industry will have a role in delivering a future low carbon economy. Indeed, net zero is not possible without plastics, as highlighted by the UK government’s October 2021 publication Net Zero Strategy: Build Back Greener, which noted the importance of replacing iron pipes with plastic pipes to reduce methane leakage across the gas network.
BPF Net Zero briefing document
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.
The new Net Zero Hub provides a range of resources to assist companies in achieving net zero emissions.
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 helpful information on various industry net zero plans, which detail the strategy for a host of sectors, including the energy sector. Further resources are available, including training on the topic and tools to measure and reduce carbon emissions.