News 04/09/23

NASC signs the Pledge to Net Zero

Building on SE1:22 – NASC signs the Pledge to Net Zero

NASC is proud to announce that it has signed the Pledge to Net Zero, a voluntary initiative that aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the environmental services sector. Building upon the release of its first Sustainability Guide, ‘SE1:22 Becoming Net Zero Carbon’ last year, NASC recognises that changes in Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues will be a big challenge for the construction industry in the coming years. That’s why it has pledged to set a science-based target to reach net zero emissions by 2050 or sooner, and to report on its progress every year.

NASC is the leading trade body for the scaffolding industry, representing over 240 contracting firms, manufacturers and suppliers. NASC recognises its responsibility and opportunity to contribute to the global effort to tackle climate change, and believes that by reducing its carbon footprint, it can also improve its efficiency, competitiveness and reputation. NASC also wants to support its members in their own journey towards net zero, by providing them with guidance, advice and best practice examples.

As part of this support, NASC has published a sustainability guidance document last year, SE1:21 Becoming Net Zero Carbon, which provides practical information and recommendations for scaffolding contractors on how to measure, reduce and offset their carbon emissions. The guidance covers topics such as carbon accounting methods, emission reduction strategies, offsetting schemes and reporting frameworks. The guidance also includes case studies from NASC members who have already taken steps towards net zero.

To meet the pledge requirements, NASC will do the following:

  • Confirm its 1.5°C aligned science-based target to the pledge team (NASC will share its target with its members as soon as it’s set).
  • Complete its first annual report back (form to be supplied by the pledge team) – including its carbon footprint, progress against target and first published piece of thought-leadership. NASC is currently working on setting its target and measuring its baseline emissions, using the latest tools and methodologies available. NASC will also engage with its staff, suppliers and stakeholders to ensure that it has their input and support in this process.

NASC is also planning to publish its first piece of thought-leadership on how scaffolding can contribute to net zero, by showcasing some of the innovative solutions and practices that its members have implemented or are developing. NASC would love to hear from its members if they have any case studies or ideas that they would like to share with NASC.

As a signatory of the pledge, NASC also has the opportunity to join the Race to Zero, a global campaign that mobilises actors from across society to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 at the latest. To join the Race, NASC will need to meet some additional criteria, such as having a public commitment statement and a plan of action. NASC is currently exploring this option and will keep its members updated on its decision.

NASC is excited to embark on this journey towards net zero and hopes that its members will join it in this endeavour. NASC believes that by working together, we can make a positive difference for our industry and our planet.

If you have any questions or feedback, please do not hesitate to contact. You can also find more information on the Pledge to Net Zero website, where you can access guidance documents, webinars, FAQs and case studies.

Thank you for your continued support of NASC.