A sustainable future
Stephen Nadin, managing director of Endurance Doors, says that sustainability is high on the agenda for 2022, but says it remains to be seen if the industry can unite to drive a programme of change management.
Over recent weeks, climate change has climbed to the top of the social, economic and political agenda through COP26, the UN Climate Change Conference that was held in Glasgow from October 31 to November 12, 2021.
The Paris Agreement requires the cutting of global emissions by 45% by 2030 and to zero overall by 2050. It was hoped that an agreement in Glasgow would have fulfilled this target with a degree of confidence, but unfortunately this has not been achieved, nor may it be enough to limit global warming to 1.5oC. We are now faced with the fact that unless businesses and individuals put into place a change in the way in which we lead our lives, then dramatic climate change is inevitable.
As a £multi-billion industry there’s much we can do and already we’ve become a business that has achieved a zero-landfill standard and we’re already planning forward as to how we can become CO2 neutral well ahead of legislative and regulatory requirements in 2050.
Whether an industry body will pick up and drive a programme of change management and commitment remains to be seen, but what we need to do is become better at how we manage the environment right now and it’s certainly a message that’s resonating with consumers.
Recycling is certainly an important first step, but the whole sustainability and climate change agenda needs to be looked at in considerable detail. It might be down to individual companies, but my hope is that a collective body may well help achieve this on a greater scale. After all we owe it to the future generations to come.
Stephen Nadin, MD