Valpak has acknowledged the need to take responsibility for the carbon impacts of their business operations and to demonstrate carbon neutrality to their membership and customers.
Valpak’s team of sustainable development consultants undertook an exercise to measure all of the company’s emissions, from which they were able to construct a plan to reduce their impact and achieve carbon neutrality in line with the ISO 14064 and PAS 2060 guidelines.
PAS 2060 (The Publicly Available Specification 2060) is a national standard which provides a consistent approach for organisations to demonstrate carbon neutrality. It was published by the British Standards Institute in April 2010 and requires an organisation to determine its Carbon Footprint, in line with recognised methodologies and produce a Carbon Footprint Management Plan describing how they intend to reduce their emissions and achieve carbon neutrality.
Valpak’s 2010 Carbon Footprint was calculated to include all direct emissions (Scope 1), indirect energy emissions related to the consumption of electricity (Scope 2) and other indirect emissions that occur as a consequence of Valpak’s actions but that are included in the ‘Scope 1’ emissions of other organisations or individuals such as business travel, contractor vehicles and waste (Scope 3), only excluding those actions that represent less than 1% of the total impact. Using this, they were able to identify key areas of consumption and develop appropriate carbon reduction plans. Valpak’s carbon reduction plans are focussed on: sub-contractor mileage, business mileage (road), electricity use and site waste from their Materials Recycling Facility (MRF).
As well as working to reduce their carbon footprint, Valpak also offset their emissions by investing in a Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) accredited project to capture landfill gas, in Shenyang city, Liaoning Province, China, and convert its methane component into useful energy. Methane, as well as being a source of energy, is a global warming gas which is 25 times more potent than its equivalent weight of carbon dioxide (CO2). More information regarding this project can be found on the VCS website: www.v-c-s.org
Steve Gough, CEO at Valpak, said:
“We worked hard to obtain this standard in order to give our customers increased confidence that we are a responsible business that manages all of our significant impacts. The work that we’ve carried out has allowed us to understand the process. We are now in a position to speak from experience as well as help other businesses to achieve carbon neutrality.”
If you would like to find out how Valpak can help your organisation to achieve carbon neutrality, or if you are interested in attending one of Valpak’s Carbon Footprint Seminars, please contact one of our consultants via our online form or call 08450 682 572.