Pilkington UK owner NSG Group has been upgraded in its CDP environmental rating following the introduction of its low-carbon Mirai glass.

The not-for-profit charity (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project) has upgraded the group’s Climate Change Leadership rating from B (the sector average) to A-. The rating improvement follows the NSG Group’s latest architectural glass Pilkington Miraihaving been independently verified as the lowest embodied carbon glass of its kind, with 52% less embodied carbon than standard float glass.

CDP, the not-for-profit charity runs a global disclosure system for investors, companies, and government authorities to manage their environmental impact on climate change, water security, and deforestation.

The NSG Group has set a target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030 compared to 2018 levels and has been certified as a Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi). As part of this, it aims to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.

Kristian Chalmers, Global Strategic Commercial Manager in Architectural Glass SBU, said: “Decarbonising the built environment relies on building product manufacturers like Pilkington UK taking decisive action on climate change. If glass can be manufactured in a more sustainable way, then we can reduce the environmental impact of the world’s buildings.

“Achieving an improved climate change rating by CDP reflects how serious we take our responsibility towards the environment. This forms a key part of our purpose to ‘makechange’, which is focused on delivering advanced glass that helps developers and asset-owners to meet their environmental ambitions, while transforming our own operations to meet the needs of decarbonisation.”

Climate Change Director David Cast added: “CDP has been at the forefront of climate disclosure for two decades, helping to standardise sustainability reporting globally. Having our score improve to an A- rating is a truly fantastic result and testament to the hard work of our global teams. We are excited to see where our sustainability story takes us, and to continue leading on climate change action for the benefit of the built environment.”

Pictured: Pilkington UK HQ


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