Net Zero Workshop Report

EVENT OVERVIEW

 Workshop Introduction

The UK has become the first major economy in the world to enshrine into law that all greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions will be made Net Zero by 2050.  Details are still to be worked through, but this will undoubtedly impact all business sectors and change the way in which society currently functions.  It presents significant challenges, but also positive opportunities which could stimulate new jobs and commercial models.

Many organisations have begun to address their direct, or Scope 1 emissions, and new processes, behaviours and technologies continue to be assessed for further impact.  However, when it comes to more indirect yet still significant sources of emissions such as those hidden in the supply chain, what are the further considerations that need to be taken into account, and what actions can we plan today for a positive outcome tomorrow?

This collaborative workshop offered the opportunity for many industry sectors to share ideas and learning from good practitioners.  Starting with setting the context of the importance of tackling climate change through using GHG protocol scoping, but especially with an emphasis on the potential pitfalls and innovations to address the Scope 3 targets: indirect emissions from the value chain.

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority was proud to sponsor and chair this cross-industry workshop.  The NDA’s mission of cleaning up nuclear legacy sites is an environmental remediation project in its own right, but it comes at a cost of £132 Billion (undiscounted), and will inevitably result in considerable carbon emissions which need to be eliminated or reduced  mitigated and offset if the NDA is to support UK’s Government’s net-zero commitments.  The workshop included many other industries, some also involved in decommissioning with similar scales of liability for spend, and also industries building new infrastructure with ongoing operations.

Workshop Objectives:

  • To share learning which could help individual strategy development, and hear about challenges and best practice from across a range of industries
  • To provide a focus on Scope 3; why it matters and how to measure it
  • To share ideas which could help organisations develop their employee engagement and culture for tackling climate change.

This workshop was delivered in three sessions over 2 days allowing time for reflection in between with ample time for Q&A in each segment.

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