- January 12, 2022
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The UK Coating industry aims carbon neutrality by 2050
Reducing emissions is a corporate responsibility and a way to reduce long-term risk. It’s the due season for the industries to commit to carbon neutrality. The British Coating Federation (BCF) has joined the pledge similar to the other industries to become carbon neutral by 2050.
The UK paint industry promises net-zero by 2050 and achieves its 75% recycling target for paint residues by 2030.
Effects of climate change have surfaced on many continents of the world. Extreme weather events such as droughts, heatwaves, and landslides have increased in Europe, along with the rapid change in sea levels, ocean acidification, and biodiversity loss. This sequence of events in their backyard and Global pressure has made the British woke and commit to a global cause.
CO2 neutrality is essential by the mid-21st century to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, the threshold that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) considers safe. This goal is also outlined in the Paris Agreement signed by 195 countries, including the EU.
In December 2019, the European Commission announced a master plan December 2019 aimed at neutralizing the climate of Europe by 2050. This goal is achieved through European Climate Law, which defines climate neutrality in the binding force of EU law.
This commitment was made at the recent BCF Board meeting in Manchester and will be supported by a more detailed Net Zero roadmap for each BCF sector.
The industry also has very ambitious targets for PaintCare, a paint recycling initiative. The initiative, which aims to create a circular economy for the remaining decorative paints in the UK, aims to increase the proportion of paint reused, recycled, or recovered from 2% today to 75% by 2030.
“With the 26th UNCCC or COP26 (United Nations Climate Change Conference) closing in, Tom Bowtell, CEO of the British Coating Federation, said: “The conference (or COP26 for short) is coming up, and there is growing interest in sustainable action, but our sector has continued to improve key sustainability indicators for over 25 years. “I am delighted that the BCF Board of Directors has set ambitious goals for clean zero and paint waste disposal. We will work hard with our members over the next 12 months to ensure that we have a clear roadmap to both goals will.”
Sustainable manufacturing and recycling has been a critical focus of the UK coatings industry since 1996 and is the basis for some of the 45 KPIs for Health, Safety, and the Environment tracked by the BCF Coatings Management Program.
Latest Coatings Control data show record low levels of energy used in manufacturing and significant reductions in industrial waste. Significantly 71% of industrial waste is now recycled, and the figures have improved, coming from 17% in 1996. The accident rate is also at an all-time low, well below the recent UK workforce survey, and RIDDOR reports no hazardous accidents or fires on its BCF member site for 2020.
In the United States, Hawaii and California states have committed to being climate-neutral by 2045. In 2017, the Swedish Parliament promised to make the country a Net-zero CO2 emitter by 2045.
The Dutch Climate Bill sets out 49. A firm goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 compared to 1990 levels and by 2050 with climate-neutral power systems. The proposal is endorsed by seven political parties, including 113 of the 150 seats in the Dutch Parliament.
James Shaw, the new Climate Minister and Co-Chair of the Green Party in New Zealand has announced the government’s intention to pass a zero carbon law to make the economy carbon-neutral by 2050.
“With COP26, we want to highlight and celebrate what our members are doing to create a more sustainable industry,” concluded Bowtell. They have launched a campaign to collect case studies and share further among the masses to emanate the idea. “We just can’t consume our way to a sustainable world,” and the industries have shifted focus from industrial expansion to sustainable growth.