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Down to Zero

We have an ambitious plan, and we are getting on with delivering it.

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Our journey so far

Our path to 2030

Scaling up to deliver net zero by no later than 2050

Net zero by no later than 2050

2008 - Worlds first food-grade HDPE plant

2008 - National DMR service launched

2011 – National foodwaste collection service launched alongside opening of Poplars AD plant

2019 – First eRCV

Committed to Science-Based Target initiative

Release our new 10 year strategy to 2040

Release our new 10 year strategy to 2050

70% reduction

50% reduction by 2030

Our journey so far

Our path to 2030

Our 2030 targets are based on existing technology with realistic deployment. This deliverable strategy builds the foundations for the next phase of our long-term ambition of reaching net zero emissions across all our operations by 2050.

50% reduction in carbon emissions by 2030

20% Increase collection route efficiency by 2030

Cease buying fossil-fuelled vehicles by 2030

Buy 100% renewable electricity

Develop our renewable energy capacity

Scaling up to deliver net zero by no later than 2050

Emerging technology and process innovation will bring opportunities to further accelerate the reduction of our emissions and allow us to achieve net zero by no later than 2050.

No fossil-fuelled vehicles by 2040

Societal shift away from non-recyclable material

Exploit carbon capture and storage to accelerate emissions reduction

Net zero emissions heavy plant by 2040

All site fuels to be replaced by net zero emissions electricity by 2040

Pre-treatment of landfill material to further decrease active waste to below 10%

Increase use of renewable energy on sites

Deploy environmentally beneficial offsetting for residual emissions at 2050

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  • 2010
  • 2020
  • 2030
  • 2040
  • 2050

Past CO2e emissions

Projected emissions