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BMRA launches new Zero Carbon Committee

The British Metals Recycling Association (BMRA), the trade association representing the £7 billion UK Metal Recycling sector, has launched a Zero Carbon Committee highlighting the need to seek economic alternatives for metal recyclers to switch to net zero in line with the UK Government goal of 2050. 


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Following the environmental concerns raised at COP26, and the greater need for zero carbon emissions in all forms of commercial activity, the BMRA want to capitalise on the already well-established green credentials of metal recycling by enabling the industry as a whole to benefit.

 This committee will sit within the BMRA’s Legislative Policy Group, and like all of its committees, will consist of member representatives from the industry, the people who are directly affected by Government implemented changes and who will have their own strategic goal to move to net-zero operations in the coming years.

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Howard Bluck

Howard Bluck, Technical Director of the BMRA said: 

“BMRA committees address the needs of the membership and the industry. They are the voice of metal recyclers that help us to identify priorities and, in turn, enables us to maximise BMRA’s lobbying efforts.”

The Zero Carbon Committee will work with the industry and third parties to identify initiatives and technology that can enable metal recyclers to cost-effectively move towards net zero. Just recently the BMRA hosted a webinar with BEIS regarding the Industrial Energy Transformation Fund. The Fund is designed to help businesses with high energy use to cut their energy bills and carbon emissions through investing in energy efficiency and low carbon technologies. The government announced £315 million of funding in the 2018 Budget, available up until 2025.

BMRA members can visit here to access the webinar: 

If anyone within BMRA membership would like to join this committee contact 

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Head of Circular Economy at Volvo Cars

Owain joined Volvo Cars in June 2021 to lead Circular Economy in the Global Sustainability Team. The company has committed to being a circular business by 2040 and has financial, recycled content and CO2 based targets for 2025, all of which Owain is working across the company to make happen. Owain previously worked for circular economy consultancy Oakdene Hollins where he advised businesses on evidence led circular economy implementation. 

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The presentation will cover the work Volvo Cars is doing to achieve 2025 but mainly focus on the transformational work towards 2040 and the business and value chain changes being considered. Attention will be paid to the way vehicles are being dealt with at the end of life and the complexities of closing material and component loops. Opportunities and challenges which Volvo Cars is facing will be presented including engagement with 3rd parties and increasing pressure from stakeholders.

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