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ESA responds to CCC's Sixth Carbon Budget

Environmental Services Association

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The Environmental Services Association’s have responded to the Sixth Carbon Budget, published by the CCC.

Executive Director of the Environmental Services Association, Jacob Hayler, said:

“The Committee on Climate Change’s sixth carbon budget marks a significant step-up in ambition through its target to achieve an eighty per cent reduction in emissions by 2035 compared with 1990 levels.

"The committee recognises that delivery of this budget will be driven by private sector investment in the UK’s green recovery, and the resources and waste sector stands ready to play its part – building on the enviable carbon savings our sector has achieved over the past twenty years.

"The committee also recognises that wasting fewer resources and reducing reliance on high-carbon goods will be a key component in achieving the sixth carbon budget.

"ESA members have invested billions in the UK’s circular economy infrastructure, helping sectors right across the economy to reduce the embedded carbon associated with their waste materials, but we are now going further and, together, are setting out a Net Zero Strategy for the sector to address the carbon intensity of recycling and resource management operations.

"This will include the electrification of plant and vehicle fleets; investment in carbon capture and storage; driving more biogenic material out of landfill; and removing fossil-based materials from energy recovery while maximising their efficiency through greater heat offtake.”