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Egger UK: the key to lowering emissions from the construction sector

It’s no secret that the construction sector needs some serious help when it comes to lowering greenhouse gas emissions. However, with Egger UK now setting sustainable aims, the sector stands a chance of success. 

Over the past few months the government and various other organisations have been working to lower the number of greenhouse gas emissions produced from the property/construction sector. For example, last month the government set out their new ‘timber roadmap’.

closeup photo of beige wooden stands

Following this, Egger UK, which is part of the Egger Group – a leading global manufacturer of wood-based materials – have just announced their commitment to reaching net zero targets by 2050. The organisation are largely responsible for structural flooring boards which are manufactured from timber – a sustainable and renewable material. In 2023, products supplied by Egger managed to store 6.4 million tonnes of CO2.

Against this backdrop, 70% of the energy used by the company, which is family-run, comes from renewable sources.

Illustrating its commitment to reducing climate-harming greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Paris Climate Agreement, Egger have published their groups climate strategy which sets out a series of goals that will work towards net zero targets.

These include:

  • By 2030, the direct emission from its own plants will be reduced by at least 30%
  • The indirect emissions from purchased energy will be axed by at least 40%
  • The indirect upstream and downstream emissions will be reduced by at least 10%

Speaking about the strategy, Thomas Leissing, CFO, EGGER Group, said: ‘As a wood-based material manufacturer, our business model has always been linked to environmental and climate protection. We therefore see it as our duty to reduce our climate-impacting emissions. In this way, we want to ensure that we can also enable future generations to live and work sustainably with our climate-friendly wood-based materials.’

Image: Sarah Worth

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