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UK coatings industry commits to recycling and net-zero carbon emissions

British Coatings Federation (BCF) members have pledged to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, and 75% recycling target by 2030 for household leftover paint.

The commitment was made at the recent BCF Board of Directors meeting in Manchester and will be backed up by more detailed Net Zero Roadmaps for each BCF sector.

The paint recycling scheme, PaintCare, which will promote the creation of a circular economy for leftover decorative paint in the UK, will aim to increase the percentage of leftover paint re-used, recycled, or re-manufactured from 2% today to 75% by 2030.

Tom Bowtell, CEO at the British Coatings Federation, said:

“With the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference (or COP26 for short) fast approaching, there has rightly been an increased focus on sustainable action, but our sector has been continuously working on improving key sustainability metrics for over 25 years.

“I’m delighted the BCF Board has set ambitious targets for both Net Zero and leftover paint recycling, and we will be working hard with our members in the next 12 months to ensure a clear roadmap to achieve both objectives is in place”.

Sustainable production and recycling have been a key focus for the coatings industry in the UK since 1996 and are the basis for some of the 45 health, safety and environment key performance indicators monitored through the BCF’s Coatings Care programme.

Latest Coatings Care figures showed record low levels of energy used in production, as well as a significant decrease in production waste. Seventy-one per cent of production waste is now recycled, compared with just 17% in 1996. Accident rates are also at a record low and well below the latest UK Labour Force survey, with zero RIDDOR reported dangerous occurrences or fires at BCF member sites in 2020.

“Alongside COP26, we want to highlight and celebrate the work our members are doing to create a more sustainable industry. We have launched our #SustainableCoatings and #SustainableInks campaign, which will share case studies from our members showcasing what they have already done and what new initiatives they will be taking in future to increase sustainability. These will be shared on social media using the #SustainableCoatings and #SustainableInks hashtags on any related social media posts,” concluded Bowtell.

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