The roadmap's purpose

The HTA's Sustainability Roadmap is a framework for helping members to increase the commercial, environmental and social value their business delivers. It aims to build on the good practice evident among HTA members so as to put the UK horticulture and landscaping industry at the leading edge of sustainable business.

Download the roadmap charter

The roadmap's 2025 goals

We've consulted with hundreds of our member businesses to identify five areas for the roadmap to focus on. We've picked these areas on the basis that they are fairly unique to or industry - if we don't lead on these issues as an industry no-one else will. They're also areas where we feel there's most at stake for us as an industry - in short areas that are critical to the planet and our industry commercially.  By 2025 we will, working with members, deliver across HTA membership:

CO2 Reduction

  • A 20% net reduction in scope 1 and 2 CO2 emissions in aggregate across HTA membership.

Water

  • An aggregate 40% increase in the proportion of water that comes from non-mains and re-used water sources such as rainwater or runoff capture among growers and retailer
  • An aggregate 25% increase in the proportion of HTA members using water efficiency measures such as reservoirs and automated irrigation systems.

Plastics

  • 40% or more of the combined weight of plant pots & packaging, garden chemicals containers, and growing media bags will be sourced from recycled plastic.
  • Industry-led recycling schemes that together capture at least 10% of the weight of this packaging for recycling or reuse by 2025.

Growing media

  • Accelerated peat reduction in growing media delivered through collaboration with government on peat alternatives.
  • UK growing media suppliers accounting for 95% of the volume of retail product showing the responsible sourcing scheme ratings and carbon footprint information on their products.

Pest & disease management

  • Growers accounting for 75% of production value in HTA membership measuring and managing their chemical use as part of a standard like OHAS.

You can find out more about these goals and the focus areas of the roadmap in the roadmap's charter. Our ambitious targets for 2025 relate to the industry as a whole - they're not meant to prescribe 'what good looks like' in specific businesses as one size will not fit all. And we'll constantly review and monitor the goals to ensure the roadmap remains relevant and ambitious.

What you can expect to see

We see the Sustainability Roadmap as a framework through which we can support and add value to our members' businesses. We will provide information, advice, networking and training to help members build sustainability into their business plans. We will provide data and benchmarking to help members benchmark and plan. And we'll champion the industry to government and other allies so as to achieve the support we need in contributing ever more positively to our environment and society.

 

HTA Sustainability Impact Report 2021

We have published the HTA's impact report for our Sustainability Roadmap after its first year and details of the work we'll be doing for members in 2022.

As well as outlining progress, the report also describes the support you can draw on as a HTA member, and what you can expect from us in 2022. In particular, we're aiming to do more to connect members with each other to share experiences and support, and to promote our members' work on greater sustainability to the public, media and government. 2022 is a real opportunity to show how much our industry has to contribute to nature and the environment; everyone at the HTA is looking forward to working with HTA members on this in the year ahead.

Click here to download the report