A STEEL producer with its manufacturing site in Deeside, has announced a new company ambition - a reduction of CO2 emissions, that will see the business become carbon neutral by 2045.

Tata Steel, is five years ahead of the UK wide target of 2050, and will be achieved on a science based trajectory, enabling Shotton-based Building Systems UK (Tata Steel’s sustainable building systems provider) to supply building products to the construction sector that are carbon neutral.

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Jo Evans, managing director of Building Systems UK, said: “Our ambition of carbon neutral steel making by 2045 demonstrates our commitment to deliver the sustainable buildings of the future.

"Whilst many manufacturers and other industries will also be looking to alter operations to meet the 2050 carbon neutral goal, we have proudly invested in and developed solutions, products and an ecosystem on our decarbonisation journey to reach this milestone as early as possible. We have also pledged to reduce all CO2 emissions by 30% by 2030.

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“Building Systems UK - and the wider Tata Group - was founded on the principle its activities should always benefit society. It is the company’s mission to enhance the lives of our employees, customers and society; we do this by enabling the creation of sustainable spaces where we live, work and play.

“With our ambitious target set five years ahead of UK-wide targets, we want to clearly show that we are still guided by the same long-term vision and are pioneers in sustainability within the steel industry.”

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Building Systems UK’s Shotton works site has been producing market-leading construction products for 125 years. Its decarbonisation goals are well in advance of the deadlines set by the Paris Agreement, is testament to its innovative approach and practices.

The announcement and pledge at Shotton includes four key themes of sustainable development:

• Reducing the site’s carbon footprint

• Developing and producing products and services that support sustainable construction

• Protecting and expanding the biodiversity that co-exists on the site

• Maximising the material efficiency and achieving zero onsite waste

Jo added: “These themes encompass all areas of Shotton’s activities, giving us a clear focus for all our business decisions. There is no silver bullet when it comes to delivering a sustainable future; it’s only when the various aspects of mitigating climate change, supporting biodiversity and being a responsible manufacturer all come together that we can make a real difference.

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“For 2022, we set a target to reduce our Shotton carbon footprint by 20%, and we have achieved this. We also introduced certified low-CO2 offerings across our building products portfolio, through our insetting scheme, Carbon Lite.

"This means emission reductions can now be passed on to customers in the form of certificates allowing them to make Scope 3 emissions savings.

"We recognise that today’s changing world is faced with a climate emergency, and the team at Shotton in the UK, is committed to providing a positive environmental legacy.”