As a leader in the flat roofing industry, we are fully committed to making sustainability the centre of our business, embedded in our culture from top to bottom.
SBTI Science -based target for reduction in Scope 1 & 2 emissions by 2030
Scope 1 and 2 Net Zero
Scope 1, 2 and 3 Net Zero
A Sustainable Future For All
Restec Limited is part of the Roberts Group, a long-established and leading UK manufacturer of liquid applied roofing systems. Established in 1984, the Roberts Group is a family run business which has been handed down through three generations of the Roberts family.
Ensuring our innovation never stops, we continuously aim to set new standards for the industry and strongly believe in a sustainable future for all.
As a leader in the flat roofing industry, we are fully committed to making sustainability the centre of our business, embedded in our culture from top to bottom. We aim to lead the way on sustainability.
In 2022 we completed our Scope 1 and 2 carbon footprint and set ambitious science-based carbon emissions targets with the SBTi. We also committed to achieving Scope 1 & 2 Net Zero by 2035 at the absolute latest, and achieving full Net Zero by 2050 or earlier.
Restec also achieved zero waste to landfill in 2022 and our manufacturing operations were assessed as being highly efficient by a third party auditor.
Our Net Zero Roadmap
2022 2023 2024 2026 2027 2030 2030 - 2035 2035 - 2050
Our Carbon Footprint
Emissions from Restec controlled vehicles and Restec LPG and natural gas usage.
142 tCO2e in 2021
Emissions from electricity usage in Restec manufacturing and operations facilities.
19 tCO2e in 2021
Emissions from the Restec value chain (for example our suppliers and customers).
Climate Resilience, Biodiversity
and a Sustainable Future
As a family business we recognise the important role we have in enabling the development of a resilient, sustainable, and biodiverse environment for this and future generations to come
Our Net Zero FAQ
Climate Change and Net Zero
Greenhouse gases trap heat in the Earth’s atmosphere. Some occur naturally, and some occur through human activities such as burning fossil fuels. There are 7 main greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change: carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), perfluorocarbons (PFCs), sulphur hexafluoride (SF6) and nitrogen trifluoride (NF3). To keep things simple, greenhouse gas emissions are commonly grouped together under the term “carbon emissions”.
Greenhouse gases trap heat in the atmosphere and are essential for keeping the planet warm enough for life, but excessive emissions from human activities are causing the atmosphere to trap too much heat, resulting in the Earth now being about 1.1°C warmer than pre-industrial levels. A 1.1°C increase might not be much if you’re checking the weather outside, but it’s a huge change to our finally balanced climate, and the impacts are already widespread and obvious (for example the record 40°C heatwave which hit the UK in Summer 2022). These impacts are only going to get worse as the temperature increases, and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has warned that global warming must not increase beyond 1.5°C if we are to avoid catastrophic consequences.
The vast majority of climate scientists believe that humans are responsible for climate change. One recent study concluded that there is greater than 99% consensus on human caused climate change in peer-reviewed scientific literature.
The term “Net Zero” is one which is often misused or misunderstood. Many companies are already claiming they have achieved Net Zero, perhaps by offsetting their Scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions through planting trees; but in reality, no person, company, or event is even close to achieving what Net Zero must mean if we are to avoid the most catastrophic effects of climate change.
A Net Zero world will be one in which humans are no longer increasing the net quantity of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. This doesn’t mean that humanity can no longer emit greenhouse gases, instead it means that any greenhouse gases which are emitted are fully balanced out by permanent removals from the atmosphere. Large scale removal of greenhouse gases is, and will continue to be, very (very) difficult, so achieving this state of Net Zero will primarily rely on deep decarbonisation of human activities.
There is no industry standard for the level of decarbonisation required to achieve Net Zero, however the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) Net Zero Standard, the leading framework for climate science-based Net Zero targets, suggests that most companies will need to implement a 90% reduction in Scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions to achieve Net Zero.
We are fully committed to doing our part to combat climate change. In 2022 we baselined our Scope 1 and 2 carbon footprint and set an ambitious near-term carbon emissions reduction target with the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi). We also committed to baselining our Scope 3 footprint in 2023 and set out an ambitious long-term Net Zero roadmap for 2050. In 2023 we will be formalising our Net Zero targets with the SBTi and expect to sign up to a 90% reduction in Scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions by 2050.
Our industry leading R&D team have committed to a comprehensive programme of environmental and sustainable product development, including dedicated projects looking at embodied carbon and circular economy.
Carbon Footprint, CO2e and Scope 1, 2 and 3 Emissions
CO2e, or carbon dioxide equivalent, is the standard unit for measuring greenhouse gas emissions. It allows you to express the impact of each greenhouse gas in terms of the quantity of CO2 which would create the same amount of warming. This means a carbon footprint consisting of lots of different greenhouse gases can be expressed as a single quantity.
- kgCO2e – kilograms carbon dioxide equivalent.
- tCO2e – metric tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent
The electricity use of 1 average UK household creates approximately 1.701 tCO2e per year.
- Scope 1 emissions are direct emissions from sources which a company owns or directly controls. For Restec this represents emissions from our fleet of company cars and logistics vehicles, as well as from LPG and natural gas usage.
- Scope 2 emissions are indirect emissions from the generation of purchased energy. For Restec this is emissions from electricity usage at our fully UK-based manufacturing and operations facilities.
- Scope 3 covers the indirect emissions that occur in the value chain of the company, both upstream and downstream. There are 15 categories of Scope 3 emissions, and they cover an incredibly wide range of activities (everything from emissions during extraction of raw materials to emissions from recycling activities at end of life). Scope 3 emissions are notoriously difficult to assess and reduce as they are not under the company’s direct control, but they cannot be ignored as they often represent the majority of a company’s carbon footprint (79% on average).
Reduction Carbon through Roof Design
There are currently a wide range of climate change related regulations, recommendations, and targets for UK buildings. Examples include Part L (Building Regulations), the LETI Climate Emergency Design Guide, RIBA 2030 Climate Challenge and the UKGBC Net Zero Carbon Buildings Framework.
Our expert team can provide specialist advice and support to help you understand how these goals and objectives can influence, and be influenced by, your roofing proposals. Contact us now for more information.
Our expert team can help you understand, measure and reduce the operational, embodied and whole life carbon impacts of your roof. Contact us now for more information.
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