GTN Sustainability Directory 2021 - Garden Trade News, UK

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SUSTAINABILITY ROADMAP in terms of the potential for making a difference to the environment. The Environment Minister, Rebecca Pow, said sustainable business, the environment, and decarbonisation were at the heart of government policy. “As we build back greener from the coronavirus pandemic, we continue to make significant progress implementing our 25 Year Environment Plan and accelerating our journey to net zero emissions,” she said. “We welcome the ornamental horticulture and landscaping industry taking a lead on this through the HTA’s Sustainability Roadmap and the actions being taken to protect the natural environment and combat climate change.” The roadmap framework will help the HTA to deliver resources, case studies, data, training and services for members to enable them to increase their environmental, commercial and social sustainability. The organisation is urging all members to” join the sustainability journey to 2025” and contribute what they can, regardless of the size or type of business. “Not only is it in our interest to collaborate on ambitious targets, but the climate emergency means people will rightly look to us for the highest standards,” Barnes said. “Sustainability can be achieved by balancing impacts on people, planet and profit. When businesses work towards this and all three aspects of sustainability are in place and mutually supportive, we can deliver lasting benefits to the environment.” The HTA Sustainability Roadmap’s 2025 goals • The HTA have consulted with hundreds of their member businesses to identify five areas for the roadmap to focus on. By 2025 we will, working with members, deliver across HTA membership:

CO2 Reduction • A 20% net reduction in scope 1 and 2 CO2 emissions in aggregate across HTA membership. Water • An aggregate 40% increase in the proportion of water that comes from nonmains and re-used water sources such as rainwater or runoff capture among growers and retailer • An aggregate 25% increase in the proportion of HTA members using water efficiency measures such as reservoirs and automated irrigation systems. Plastics • 40% or more of the combined weight of plant pots & packaging, garden chemicals containers, and growing media bags will be sourced from recycled plastic. • Industry-led recycling schemes that together capture at least 10% of the weight of this packaging for recycling or reuse by 2025.

Growing media • Accelerated peat reduction in growing media delivered through collaboration with government on peat alternatives. • UK growing media suppliers accounting for 95% of the volume of retail product showing the responsible sourcing scheme ratings and carbon footprint information on their products. Pest & disease management Growers accounting for 75% of production value in HTA membership measuring and managing their chemical use as part of a standard like OHAS. You can find out more about these goals and the focus areas of the roadmap in the roadmap’s charter. The HTA’s ambitious targets for 2025 relate to the industry as a whole - they’re not meant to prescribe ‘what good looks like’ in specific businesses as one size will not fit all. > The latest information and resources on sustainability are available at: uk/sustainability

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