Achieve your sustainability goals
We provide advice and support to help businesses understand their impacts on the environment and to achieve sustainability goals. Vast amounts of robust data, unrivalled knowledge, and sharp analytical skills make Valpak the ideal consultant to provide solutions to meet your business’s environmental requirements. We’re here to help your business develop cutting-edge strategies driven by data to meet its sustainability objectives and inform important business decisions.
Not only that, we have more members across the value chain than any of our competitors, which means, for example, if our consultants discover your business is going to be impacted by Extended Producer Responsibility legislation, we could connect you with a raw materials manufacturer and a converter who can help.
We can guide you towards a sustainable future
Sustainability means minimising your impact on the environment or society – planet, people, and profits! In business, this means doing ethically and socially responsible business whilst not compromising the capabilities of future generations or degrading the environment.
Valpak uses environmental, economic, social, and governance criteria to measure the impacts of your business.
Urgent action is required
The planet is in a climate emergency, all species including humanity are threatened and urgent actions are needed to move to sustainable pathways. Our services can help your business deliver the changes needed to reduce impacts and become more environmentally sustainable – whilst offering other business benefits:
- Measuring your business’s environmental footprint, setting carbon reduction targets, and committing to net zero carbon ensures your business (and its supply chain) is fit for the future
- Consumers are increasingly aware of the environmental impacts of their product choices. Being a net zero carbon business is becoming a critical factor and businesses that move first are more likely to be successful
- Investors are looking closely at environmental policies, sustainability criteria, and carbon reduction plans when making investment decisions
- Across the globe, government ambitions and regulations on climate change continue to ratchet up. Setting science-based targets and committing to net zero carbon means your business is future-proofed
Why choose Valpak?
- Driving change for over a quarter of a century
- Dedicated team to help you push beyond compliance
- Trusted by both government and NGOs
- Always looking ahead to anticipate change and help you mitigate the impact of change
- Problem-solving solutions for all kinds of circular scenarios
- A worldwide network of knowledge
- Helping you build relationships and contacts
- Looking at the whole picture from sustainable design to end-of-life
According to the UN, sustainability means…
For businesses, this means continuing to succeed whilst taking action to eliminate social and environmental damage.
Valpak’s team of dedicated environmental consultants will support your business to achieve its sustainability objectives, make it more robust for the future, and more attractive to customers, investors, and employees.
A sustainability consultancy provides the expertise and data to help you to reduce your business’s impact on the environment and society.
Valpak’s sustainability consultancy has:
- Access to data, particularly on the environmental impacts of products and packaging
- Access to Valpak’s expertise in collecting data from supply chains
- Skills and knowledge around sustainable practices, regulation, and issues
- A dedicated team to help your business on a project-by-project or ongoing basis
In essence, improving resource productivity means producing the same level of output by consuming fewer resources (examples are making better use of what is there already, shifting away from fossil-based energy and fuels, eliminating waste, and removing packaging that has no purpose).
Our team of expert sustainability consultants can help by taking your business through the following iterative process to reduce carbon emissions:
- Measure quantify your carbon footprint
- o Analyse scope 1 and 2 emissions and some scope 3 (in line with Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR))
- Establish broader scope 3 impacts if required
- Identify hotspots
- Focus on measuring these accurately with bespoke studies
- Feedback improved results in overall measurement
- Discover and recommend reduction opportunities to help your business to implement change
- Conduct energy audits, market research, and share best practices, to realise energy-saving opportunities
- Monitor changes/improvements
- Repeat measurements as required to track progress and monitor change
- Report improvements to your customers and stakeholders
- Repeat measurements as required to track progress and monitor change
- Measure quantify your carbon footprint
We can help your business implement and embed carbon management strategies through Life Cycle Assessments, Carbon footprinting, Environmental Product Declarations, and energy auditing to minimise your business’s carbon emissions and reduce energy bills.
Valpak offers a one-stop-shop compliance service for both of these regulations.
Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting
SECR affects companies that exceed at least two of the following three thresholds in a financial year:
- 250 employees
- £36m annual turnover
- £18m balance sheet total
Obligated businesses must include a carbon report in their annual financial statement. Valpak can take a business’s data, carry out the calculation, and will provide copy for the report.
Even if a company is not required by law to produce a SECR report, there are benefits as the reporting process can improve efficiencies that can be reported to stakeholders.
Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme
All businesses that are large (250+ employees OR turnover £44m+ and balance sheet £38m+ on 31 December 2022) or part of a corporate group containing at least one large business will be required to participate.
Affected businesses will need to complete a carbon report, undertake a carbon audit (by the lead assessor for the ESOS scheme – Valpak can undertake these), implement carbon reduction initiatives, and track progress.
The start point is to measure your carbon footprint. Valpak Consulting helps clients to calculate their carbon footprint on a regular (often annual) basis to meet both regulatory and voluntary requirements.
A company’s organisational carbon footprint can be measured regularly by considering:
- Scope 1 emissions (direct consumption of fuels such as gas or petrol)
- Scope 2 emissions (consumption of electricity)
- Scope 3 emissions (consumption of core products and services that are delivered by a third party to meet your corporate demand)
Please get in touch so we can arrange for one of our expert sustainability consultants to call you to identify areas you want to improve and how we can help.
There are a variety of standards that need to be met for Environment Social Governance and sustainability reporting, so we will need to devise a plan that works for your business.
The COP’s goal of limiting global warming to 1.5C means that all businesses need to take steps to reduce carbon emissions.
“The transparency and comparability of sustainability efforts can be expected to improve significantly in the near future. In turn, this means that enterprises need to ensure that their carbon accounting and net-zero target setting is up to par by adopting science-based carbon accounting.”
We offer a range of services to help investigate your business’s environmental impacts. You should start preparing to report data and should have a net-zero plan available to share.
See FAQ – How can my business reduce carbon emissions? Plus strategy development.
We offer a Horizon Scanning service that will identify any regulations that affect your business in specific countries. In the UK we have the Energy Saving Opportunities Scheme (ESOS) and Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR) Regulations.
We also work with companies who are not obligated but voluntarily wish to measure/monitor and reduce their carbon footprint or their broader environmental footprint.
The three pillars of corporate sustainability are:
For environmental we provide tailored Carbon Management services where we can help business to comply with UK energy legislation – ESOS and SECR, and undertake Life Cycle Assessments and waste audits. We also provide a Zero Waste to Landfill certification service.
For economic we offer Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) cost mitigation (bespoke services to help businesses reduce costs the reforms to the Packaging Waste Regulations will bring, by helping businesses to identify areas where positive changes can be made). We can also carry out Energy Audits.
Your business would need to review the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), align to the ones that are most relevant, develop actions to achieve improvements, and implement them across the business, and its supply chain.
Your business would have to ensure compliance with certain laws and standards. “ESG compliance refers to the understanding of the ESG guidelines mandated by countries, regulatory bodies, and frameworks, and the act of implementing them in internal policies and practices.”
Please complete our online enquiry form and we will arrange for one of our consultants to call you to discuss your requirements. They will then be able to determine what level you need to be looking at.
Both are ways to measure environmental impacts. Carbon footprinting tells you the carbon impact your product has throughout its life cycle. The process measures the effect of greenhouse gases (GHGs) caused by your product or organisation on the Earth’s climate but only focuses on its contribution to global warming potential.
Life cycle assessments (LCA) typically also measure the carbon footprint but they also cover a much broader range of environmental impacts caused by your product or organisation by considering over 15 impact categories that potentially affect human health, ecosystems, and the Earth’s resources.
An Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) is an independently verified document of a product or service’s environmental performance throughout its lifecycle and is primarily used to communicate environmental information between businesses. However, environmentally focused consumers may refer to EPDs to help them make informed decisions when choosing which products or services to buy. Before an EPD is developed, an LCA needs to be conducted
Valpak’s team of dedicated environmental consultants offer a flexible approach to delivering EPDs, taking clients seamlessly through the entire EPD journey from project inception, goal and scope definition, data collection, and environmental impact modelling (LCA), to verification and publication of an EPD.
The European Commission:
“…proposes to raise the EU’s ambition on reducing greenhouse gas emissions to at least 55% below 1990 levels by 2030. This is a substantial increase compared to the existing target upwards from the previous target of at least 40%.”
The EU’s long-term strategy is to:
“…[aim] to be climate-neutral by 2050 – an economy with net-zero greenhouse gas emissions. This objective is at the heart of the European Green Deal and in line with the EU’s commitment to global climate action under the Paris Agreement.”
All businesses will need to play their part to ensure the target is met by analysing the impacts of products and services and taking reasonable steps to make positive changes to reduce the impacts.
We offer a range of services to help investigate your business’s environmental impacts.
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Valpak provided a high level LCA to compare the environmental impacts of the new and the old packaging for Football Manager 2020 on PC for SEGA. They helped facilitate the data collection from our suppliers to carry this out, and provided a concise report back to the business so we could fully understand the carbon and water impacts of both packaging options. They were a very professional and personable company to deal with, on hand on email and by phone to support the brief and wider project.
Working with Valpak consultancy was a pleasure from start to finish. From taking the time to understand our work proposal and keeping us updated throughout the course of the project, to walking us through the project outcomes and taking on our feedback, James and the team were always available to provide a great service. I really got a sense of how hard they worked on our project and were always scrupulous and non-partisan. The independent report by Valpak commissioned by British Glass highlight