HTA Sustainability Roadmap Charter
HTA Sustainability Roadmap: Smarter Horticulture for a Better Future Our Goals and Pledges 2021 to 2025
We launched the Sustainability Roadmap in 2020, and have since been working to provide you with all the help and resources that you need along the way.
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.
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.
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.
We've set our targets for 2025 so as to drive actions that will set us on the pathway to bigger goals by 2040. Both the NFU and British Retail Consortium have set net zero ambitions for CO2 emissions 2040. We support these ambitions, and our roadmap is designed as a first step for HTA members to move towards this at least as quickly. The roadmap also sets goals for other areas particularly relevant to horticulture and landscaping.
A 20% net reduction in scope 1 and 2 CO2 emissions in aggregate across HTA membership.Learn More
In November 2021 government announced details of funding that ornamentals growers in England can access to improve water resilience.Learn More
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.Learn More
Show your business' commitment to Sustainable practice and pledge your support for the HTA Sustainability RoadmapLearn More
Growers accounting for 75% of production value in HTA membership measuring and managing their chemical use as part of a standard like OHAS.Learn More
Planet Mark is an organisation dedicated to reducing the carbon footprint of businesses around the UK and worldwide, and helping them to become more sustainable.Learn More
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.Learn More
Find out more about the HTA Sustainability Reference Sites. Learn who they are, and what they are doing to improve the sustainability of their businesses.Learn More
A list of resources, from both the HTA and external sources, to help you on your journey to sustainabilityLearn More
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 retailers. An aggregate 25% increase in the proportion of HTA members using water efficiency measures such as reservoirs and automated irrigation systems.Learn More
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.