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Highland Spring announces ambition to achieve net zero by 2040



Highland Spring Group has set a target to achieve net zero emissions by 2040 and become carbon neutral by the end of this year.

The company plans to significantly reduce emissions across its operations, working towards a 50% reduction in emissions by 2030, before net zero a decade later.

It is working with Carbon Intelligence to develop an emissions reduction roadmap and set credible and robust targets.

Ahead of the COP26 summit in November, the group has also signed-up to the United Nation’s Race to Zero campaign.

Highland Spring was the first brand to introduce a 100% recycled and recyclable bottle in the UK, and for the last 20 years has achieved organic accreditation from The Soil Association for its protected water catchment area.

Chief commercial officer Simon Oldham said: “We are committed to playing our part in addressing the risks of climate change through reducing our carbon footprint and overall impact on the environment with the aim of becoming carbon neutral in 2021 and net zero by 2040.

“Since the company was founded over 40 years ago, environmental sustainability has been at the heart of everything we do.”

Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero, Michael Matheson, said: “The Scottish business community continues to play a crucial role in delivering a just transition to net zero – ambitious targets help drive the development of new industries, services, and skilled jobs, alongside new export and investment opportunities.”

Highland Spring has a planned on-site rail freight facility in Blackford, due to be operational in 2022, which should remove 8,000 lorries from the road and contribute towards a CO2 reduction of 3,200 tonnes per annum.

It also has an ambition to secure a biodiversity net gain by 2025, achieved through scientific surveys, to create a net increase of flora, fauna and wildlife.

The group will also be focusing on creating a truly circular plastics economy in the UK through:

  • Introducing more recycled plastic into bottles to ultimately reach 100% across all Highland Spring and retailer branded products by 2025.
  • The continued expansion of the Highland Spring eco bottle range.
  • The further roll-out of a category-leading trial of 100% recycled in Highland Spring shrink wrap.

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