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 means individuals and companies can reduce carbon emissions by buying credits in carbon reduction projects

These include:
  • Biogas generation
  • Clean water access
  • Clean cookstove projects
  • Renewables, such as solar PV and wind turbines
Each carbon credit is equivalent to a carbon reduction of one tonne of CO2 and also meets ten of the United Nations Sustainability Goals (UNSDG)
circular ecology

 

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: