In 2019, the UK agreed a ground-breaking target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
Putting clean growth at the heart of the country’s industrial strategy, this ambitious target could change how we live and work for generations. But to achieve this, businesses, local authorities and households will all need to make changes.
Aggregate Industries are working to support this target. One of the ways we are achieving this is through the development of low carbon products. We’ve already reduced the carbon in our production processes and products. But to help us further reduce our carbon footprint, we’re implementing an offsetting scheme to produce carbon neutral products where possible.
What is carbon offsetting?
Carbon offsetting allows individuals and companies to reduce carbon emissions by buying credits in carbon reduction projects.
The world’s carbon emissions are increasing at an alarming rate and offsetting your carbon emissions is a powerful mechanism to help in the battle against climate change and global warming. It is by no means the answer, but it can certainly help.
Benefits of carbon offsetting are not only carbon emission reduction, but depending on the offset project type, they can bring many benefits to the wider environment. As well as local, social and biodiversity benefits.
These projects include:
Reforestation, e.g. tree planting
Avoided deforestation, REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation)
Enhancement and sustainable management of forestry, REDD+
Renewables, such as solar PV and wind turbines
Clean cookstove projects
Clean water access
All of which align with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Our offsetting partner
We’ve chosen to partner with the UK based environmental consultant, Circular Ecology. Founded in 2013, they specialise in resource efficiency services, including carbon footprinting, water footprinting, life cycle assessment (LCA), and circular economy.
Circular Ecology has a strong background in the construction industry, making them an ideal partner to support Aggregate Industries.
The offsetting process
The process of carbon offsetting your emissions involves procuring carbon credits and then retiring the credits on behalf of the organisation. In order for a carbon credit to be have credibility, it must be:
Additional – ensuring that the carbon reduction is real and permanent
Verified – providing assurance on the quality and credibility of the credits
Traceable – transparent and proving proof of the offset
In order to meet these criteria, there are carbon offsets available from various verification schemes, including: