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EMR – First recycling company to sign up to all of the Climate Group’s initiatives

EMR is the first recycling company to sign up to all of the climate group’s initiatives as part of its commitment to achieve net zero by 2040

first recycling company sign up to all climate group's initiatives post oneEMR is one of only eight companies globally to become a member of three of the Climate Group’s initiatives by setting ambitious targets for the use of renewable electricity, electric vehicles and driving energy productivity improvements.

Global metal and plastic recycler, European Metal Recycling (EMR), has become the first recycling business in the world to become a member of the Climate Group’s RE100, EV100 and EP100 business initiatives, demonstrating its commitment to sustainability and reducing emissions.

The Climate Group, an international non-profit, created these initiatives to bring together businesses to take collective, high-impact action on climate change with the shortest possible timeline.

The three initiatives have strict joining conditions that require members to make a public commitment to driving the transition to renewable energy (RE100) and electric vehicles (EV100) as well as creating an industrial step change in energy productivity (EP100).

As a condition of its RE100 membership, which is run in partnership with CDP, a global carbon disclosure project, EMR has committed to 100% renewable electricity across its sites worldwide.

Through the EV100 initiative, EMR will switch 100% of its car and light commercial vehicle fleet and 50% of small heavy goods vehicles to electric vehicles; and will deliver a 10% energy productivity improvement for total kWh per tonne of material handled under EP100.

EMR has set an ambitious deadline of 2030 for achieving its commitments under the three initiatives.

The Climate Group commitments form a set of significant steps on EMR’s journey to Net Zero by 2040, which is outlined in the business’ sustainability strategy – Our Decade of Action.

Helen Clarkson, CEO at The Climate Group, commented:

“EMR are the first recycling company to join all three of our business initiatives. As a metal recycling company, they have the potential to make a big impact on corporate climate leadership. EU figures indicate that using recycled raw materials, including metals, cuts CO2 emissions by some 200 million tonnes every year. By converting their fleet to electric and switching to renewable and efficient power, EMR are setting a strong example for others in their industry.”

Chris Sheppard, EMR CEO, said:

“We’re proud to be the first recycler and one of only eight companies globally to have a triple membership of The Climate Group’s game-changing initiatives.

“As we rebuild our businesses and economies after COVID-19, we have an opportunity to build back better. We can respond to the future threat of climate change by reducing emissions, minimising environmental impact and contributing to the creation of a more resilient, circular economy.

“We want to show leadership in the face of the global climate challenge, and The Climate Group’s strict membership requirements demonstrate our commitment to making an authentic contribution and have shaped our pathway to net zero emissions by 2040.”

To download a copy of EMR’s Sustainable Business Strategy, click here.






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Owain Griffiths

Owain Griffiths

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. 

Turning into a circular business and the importance of vehicle reuse and recycling.

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.