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Sustainable Roofing Systems, Products & Tools

Science Based Carbon Reduction Targets & Net Zero Roadmap

Industry Leading Product Development and UK Manufacturing

Focus on Recycled Material, Circular Economy, and Waste Reduction

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and Contractor Support

Green Roofs, Blue Roofs and Solar Solutions

A Sustainable Future For All

A family run business since 1984, Polyroof has been handed down through three generations of the Roberts family. We strongly believe in a sustainable future for all.

Climate change is the greatest challenge of our time, and we are fully committed to doing our part to help reduce greenhouse gas (carbon) emissions and reach Net Zero. Our comprehensive roadmap to Net Zero, backed up by market leading science-based targets, is underpinned by a commitment to continuous measurement and improvement that will ensure we are at the forefront of sustainable roofing and manufacturing for years to come. 

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SBTi Science-based target for reduction in Scope 1 & 2 emissions by 2030.
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Scope 1 and 2 Net Zero 2050.
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Scope 1, 2 and 3 Net Zero.

Sustainability is not just carbon emissions though, and we recognise the key part our operations and roofing systems have to play in meeting the many other environmental challenges we face globally. Read on to see how we are tackling complex issues such as waste reduction, resource scarcity and loss of biodiversity.

Whatever the challenge, whatever the roof, when specifying or installing Polyroof systems you can rest assured you are making the sustainable choice for your project. 

Polyroof Sustainability News

Keep up to date with the latest sustainability news from Polyroof.

Our Net Zero Roadmap

Scope 1 & 2

Scope 3

Scope 1, 2 & 3

Our Carbon Footprint

Scope 1

Emissions from Polyroof controlled vehicles and Polyroof LPG and natural gas usage.

228 tCO2e in 2021

Scope 2

Emissions from Electricity usage in Polyroof manufacturing and operations facilities.

32 tCO2e in 2021

Scope 3

Emissions from the Polyroof value chain(for example our supply chain and Approved Contractors).

Environmental Product Declarations (EPD)

An EPD is a document which transparently communicates the environmental impact of a construction product over its lifetime (e.g., embodied carbon). Specifying products with EPD can offer a wide range of benefits for your project, and careful comparison of EPD can help you ensure you make the sustainable choice.

Understanding and comparing EPD can be difficult, contact us now or check out one of our CPDs for expert advice on how to make the sustainable choice through EPD.

See how much carbon you could avoid by choosing Polyroof on your next project.

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Benefits of Protec Evolve System

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Carbon Neutral Roofing Solutions from Polyroof

We believe we must make a difference now. That’s why we have made our Protec Evolve System carbon neutral. For every m2 of Protec Evolve installed, 21.89 kgCO2e of carbon is fully offset.

Protec Evolve has been certified carbon neutral by an independent third party (Carbon Footprint Ltd). The cradle-to-grave* carbon emissions of Protec Evolve are fully offset using Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) greenhouse gas credits which support renewable energy projects around the globe.

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Your Sustainable Roofing Partner

Polyroof offer a wide range of market leading sustainable roofing solutions and tools, all backed up by innovative UK based R&D and manufacturing. Whatever your sustainability goals are; however far along on your sustainability journey you may be; we can help.

Long Lasting, Durable Roofing Solutions

Polyroof systems are BBA approved with certified lifespans of 25 to 30 years. They are also highly durable and robust; and can be easily overlaid at end of life. Specification of long lasting, durable waterproofing systems, which can be overlaid again and again, can reduce the carbon footprint of your roof across its lifetime.

Focus on Recycled Materials, Waste Reduction and Circular Economy Principles

We utilise recycled cleaning materials in the manufacture of our systems and have begun introducing recycled PET plastic as a raw material. Our systems can be overlaid at end of life and are suitable for overlaying most substrates. Our manufacturing operations are zero waste to landfill, and we provide bespoke guidance to help contractors reduce waste on site.

BREEAM

Polyroof roofing systems contribute to a number of credits within BREEAM and can help improve a building’s overall BREEAM score. We can provide bespoke project specific advice and guidance to help you maximise these benefits. Check out our CPD or contact us now to learn more.

Professional Development (CPD) & Contractor Support

We regularly present sustainability focussed CPD content to a wide range of specifiers and clients. Contact us now to book your CPD. We also provide a wide range of sustainability related support to our contractors. Notable examples include the provision of bespoke advice to assist with sustainability tender queries, and delivery of our “How working sustainably can help you grow your business” contractor training seminars.

Continuous Product Innovation and Industry Leader R&D

Our expert in-house R&D team have committed to a comprehensive programme of environmental and sustainable product development. Example projects include the ongoing introduction of recycled PET as a raw material in our roofing products and targeted replacement of carbon intensive raw materials with low carbon alternatives.

Green & Blue Roof Solutions

Polyroof waterproofing systems are BBA approved for use with green and blue roofs, helping you deliver increased biodiversity where it is needed most and enhance climate change mitigation & resilience in the built environment.

Industry Participation, Collaboration & Leadership

Our Group Sustainability Manager is chair of the LRWA (Liquid Roofing and Waterproofing Association) Sustainability Committee. He also leads the CPA Sustainable Policy Committee’s SME Sustainability Group, is a founding member of the MPBA Sustainability Committee and sits on the NFRC North West Committee

Solar Panels (PV Cells)

Solar power is thought to be the cheapest source of electricity in history. PV cell fixings can be seamlessly encapsulated within a Polyroof membrane to create a fully waterproof detail; whilst our tough, durable systems can easily support the weight of loose laid cells and are highly resistant to damage during installation and maintenance.

ISO 14001

We are fully accredited to ISO 14001 and are zero waste to landfill. Our systems are manufactured at our HQ in Flintshire, North Wales (UK).

Advise, Design, Support & Guarantee

We offer comprehensive support through the full project lifecycle; including but not limited to sustainability tender support, Part L guidance (u-values) and guidance for utilising our EPD in Whole Life Carbon Assessments.

Our Net Zero FAQ

Our Group Sustainability Manager, Andrew Roberts, answers some of the key questions relating to Sustainability and Net Zero. Contact Andrew on sustainability@polyroof.co.uk if you want to learn more.

Climate Change, Carbon Emissions, and Greenhouse Gases

Greenhouse gases absorb and trap heat from the sun in the atmosphere. Some occur naturally, while others are emitted through human activities such as burning fossil fuels. There are seven greenhouse gases contributing to climate change, the most important of which is Carbon Dioxide (CO2).  For ease of communication, these seven gases are commonly grouped together under the umbrella term “carbon”. Excessive carbon emissions from human activities are causing the atmosphere to hold too much heat, leading to global warming and climate change. The impacts of climate change are already apparent and will only get worse if emissions are not reduced.

Scientists have agreed that we need to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 °C if we are to avoid the worst effects of climate change. In order to achieve this, we will likely need to reduce global emissions by 43% by 2030 and achieve Net Zero emissions by 2050. The science is however always changing, and the goalposts shift as the evidence base grows. The message is clear though, we need to dramatically reduce carbon emissions as quickly as possible in order to safeguard our planet for future generations.

A carbon footprint represents the total carbon emissions associated with an activity, organisation, or item (such as a roofing membrane). It is generally measured in units of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e); which is a simple way of accounting for the varying impacts of the different greenhouse gases. For example, one metric tonne of methane is 29.8 times worse than carbon dioxide (based on its potential to cause global warming), and therefore equates to 29.8 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (29.8 tCO2e).

Scopes 1, 2 and 3 are an accounting method for measuring the carbon footprint of an organisation.  Scope 1 covers direct emissions from sources a company owns or controls, like fuel use in vehicles or natural gas use for heating. Scope 2 covers direct emissions from purchased energy (primarily electricity for most organisations). Scope 3 is basically everything else within an organisations’ value chain, for example the emissions associated with raw materials extraction, transport of raw materials to the factory and disposal of the product at the end of life.

Scope 1 and 2 emissions are easy enough to measure and reduce; and we regularly provide guidance to our Contractors on how to do this through our “How working sustainably can help grow your business” training seminars. Scope 3 emissions are much harder to measure and reduce but cannot be ignored as they often represent the majority of an organisation’s footprint (79% on average). Check out our Net Zero roadmap to learn how we plan to measure and reduce our Scope 3 footprint.

Scope 1, 2 and 3 Emissions

Net Zero & Carbon Neutral

Net Zero is a term which is often misused or misunderstood; it also has a wide range of meanings depending on the context. When we discuss Net Zero, we are aiming to follow the science and definitions of the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) wherever possible.

Net Zero is best defined as a situation in which human generated greenhouse gas emissions are fully balanced by human generated removals. The science is complicated, but it is generally accepted that we need to reach this point globally by 2050 in order to stabilise global temperature increase and avoid the worst effects of climate change.

Wide scale removal of carbon emissions from the atmosphere is however very difficult to achieve, and indications are that this will not change in the future. We thus need to rely heavily on carbon emissions reduction, most likely to the tune of 90% in most cases.

Sustainability is a fast-changing, ever evolving landscape, and it is worth pointing out that many respected organisations utilise the term Net Zero in different ways to the SBTi. A good example is the upcoming UK Net Zero Carbon Buildings Standard, which is aiming to clarify what Net Zero means for buildings.

A crucial step on the path to limiting temperature increase to 1.5 °C is the worldwide reduction of carbon emissions by 43% by 2030. This is by no means an easy goal for any organisation, but Polyroof are fully committed to doing our part.

We have set an ambitious science-based Scope 1 and 2 carbon reduction target of 42% by 2030 with the SBTi; and look forward to following this with Scope 3 targets in 2024. These targets are backed up by a comprehensive carbon reduction strategy, the highlights of which can be seen in our Net Zero roadmap.

Another widely misused or misunderstood term, carbon neutral is often used interchangeably with Net Zero; however, the two terms are not the same. Check out our Protec Evolve carbon neutral brochure to learn more.

Building and product carbon footprints are accounted for in a different manner to organisations; the science is the same, but the Scope 1, 2 and 3 methodology is not used. Instead, building and product carbon information is generally described in terms of Whole Life Carbon, Embodied Carbon, and Operational Carbon.

Operational carbon is the easiest to understand and refers to the carbon emissions associated with operating the building (powering, heating, and cooling the building).

Embodied carbon refers to the carbon emitted through the lifecycle of the building or product. The term will generally encompass all the emissions associated with the manufacturing, transportation, use and disposal of the product (or products within a building).

Whole Life Carbon considers both the operational and embodied carbon associated with the building across its whole lifecycle. Understanding Whole Life Carbon is critical for understanding the true impact of a building.

An EPD is a document which transparently communicates the environmental impact of a construction product over its lifetime (e.g., embodied carbon). Specifying products with EPD can offer a wide range of benefits for your project, and careful comparison of EPD can help you ensure you make the sustainable choice.

Understanding and comparing EPD can be difficult, contact us now or check out our CPD for expert advice on how to make the sustainable choice through EPD.

Reducing Carbon through Roof Design (Operational and Embodied Carbon)

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