CIWM is committed to the resources and waste sector’s critical journey towards Net Zero and fundamentally believes that “Effective waste prevention as part of a functioning circular economy will be essential to support the UK’s climate objectives.”
CIWM’s strategy recognises the unique and wider role that we, as the sectors’ professional body, can play in supporting the behaviours, skills and knowledge required to drive positive change across the whole gamut of actors involved in designing, producing, using and reusing products and resources, as we enable our industry to transition into one that embraces and supports circular business models, whilst recognising the crucial role that sustainable waste management practices will continue to play.
CIWM believes that, by shepherding valuable resources back into the mainstream economy and fully embracing circular business models, our sector is uniquely placed to help deliver some of the changes that society needs to make in order to mitigate climate change.
CIWM’s Net Zero Roadmap
CIWM is also a signatory to the Pledge to Net Zero and the Professional Bodies Climate Action Charter .
CIWM’s Net Zero Roadmap includes a 2019 calculation of the organisation’s baseline carbon emissions. This provides a recent picture of emissions, prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, that reflects a more typical level of activity. The baseline for CIWM and WAMITAB was set at 2,315 tonnes Carbon Dioxide equivalent, with 95.8% of the emissions classified as Scope 3 (such as those associated with our investments and supply chains).
The roadmap also identifies the key areas that will be addressed to decarbonise and reduce emissions across scopes 1, 2 and 3. This Net Zero Pathway includes reducing emissions resulting from investments by 100%; decarbonising the delivery of events and training services, with 90% of training to be online; and optimising business travel, cutting car journeys by 90% and only utilising air travel where it is unavoidable.