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BCSA carbon reduction plan template

This template is a general guide for BCSA members to develop a company Carbon Reduction Plan (CRP).

As part of the wider, sector commitment to decarbonise UK steel construction [1] in line with the national target to be ‘net zero’[1] by 2050, BCSA members are required to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

The headline target is for BCSA members to be net zero[2] by 2050.

Net zero is based on the Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions as defined in the Greenhouse Gas protocol [2]. Currently, reporting Scope 3 emissions is voluntary – see Scope 3 emissions section below. In the interim therefore, ‘carbon ‘neutral’[3] targets have been set for BCSA members as followed:

  • To be carbon neutral by 2025 – based on Scope 1 and 2 emissions only and allowing carbon offsetting;
  • To be carbon neutral by 2030 – based on Scope 1, 2 and a defined subset of Scope 3 emissions (as defined by PPN 06/21 – see below) and allowing carbon offsetting.

It is difficult to be prescriptive about carbon reduction targets since each company will be different in terms of size, efficiency, type of work and output and their carbon reduction plan will therefore differ. Nevertheless, BCSA members are encouraged to set and commit to % reduction targets over defined timescales in alignment with a trajectory to be net zero by 2050 and the interim 2025 and 2030 targets.

This CRP template is intended to standardise reporting by BCSA members so that company specific and sector performance can be reported accurately and consistently. The template is aligned with the UK Government Procurement Policy Note (PPN 06/21) [3] published in June 2021.

This Carbon Reduction Plan template has been aligned with the following other BCSA resources:

  • The UK steel construction sector decarbonisation roadmap [1] – which sets out the carbon reduction contribution to be made by UK steelwork contractors by 2050;
  • The BCSA carbon footprint tool [4] – which allows BCSA members to calculate their Scope 1 and 2 and/or their Scope 1, 2 and 3 carbon footprint. For consistency, it is recommended that the BCSA carbon foot-printing tool is used to complete the Carbon reduction plan;
  • The BCSA sustainability charter [5] requirement 3 which requires companies to quantify their greenhouse gas emissions and set reduction targets. The exact requirements depend upon the level of Charter targeted.


  • UK structural steelwork: 2050 decarbonisation roadmap – in preparation.
  • The Greenhouse Gas Protocol: A corporate accounting and reporting standard. Revised edition.
  • Procurement Policy Note 06/21: Taking account of Carbon Reduction Plans in the procurement of major government contracts. Cabinet Office. 5 June 2021.
  • BCSA carbon footprint tool 2021.
  • BCSA Steel Construction Sustainability Charter – 2021 update.

[1] Net zero in the context of the UK Climate Change Act 2008 (as amended in 2019), is defined as the UK achieving a 100% reduction in greenhouse emissions by 2050, relative to 1990 levels.

[2] Definitions of net zero in the context of companies are still evolving. The BCSA 2050 net zero target is defined as zero Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions. This may be achieved, using carbon offsetting as an interim measure.

[3] Carbon neutrality has a minimum requirement covering Scope 1 and 2 emissions which should be reduced before any carbon offsetting.