CHEP, the provider of pallet and container pooling solutions, has announced that its UK operation has been awarded the Carbon Trust Standard by measuring, managing and reducing its carbon emissions by 7.6% in the last three years.
Darran Messem, Managing Director of Certification at the Carbon Trust, said, "We congratulate CHEP UK on obtaining the Carbon Trust Standard. Business leaders who have sound carbon management strategies in place stand to prosper both now and in the future."
"We are delighted to see CHEP UK join an exclusive group of forward thinking organisations that have worked with us to measure their carbon footprint, quantify their exposure to risk, and then act to reduce their overall carbon emissions."
The Carbon Trust Standard recognises organisations for real carbon reduction. Based on a rigorous, independent assessment, it certifies that organisations have measured, managed and reduced their carbon emissions across their own operations, and are committed to reducing them year on year.
CHEP Managing Director, UK & Ireland, Howard Wigham, said, "We’re thrilled to have achieved the Carbon Trust Standard for CHEP UK. It is a great way of showing that we are on the front foot when it comes to carbon management and gives us an opportunity to communicate our environmental credentials with integrity to those that matter."
The award of the Carbon Trust Standard has been achieved by CHEP in the UK through a comprehensive range of carbon reduction initiatives implemented as part of its company-wide sustainability programme, including:
The optimisation of the compressed air system used in all sites and the elimination of air leaks.
Monitoring energy consumption on a weekly basis to identify power and natural gas wastage. This involves measuring CO2 generation for each pallet processed in CHEP service centers.
Management of CHEP UK’s company car policy, including enforcing a limit on emissions of 140 grams of CO2 per kilometre for all vehicles.
Changing office and plant facility lighting to move to more efficient technologies.
Fernando Rodríguez, CHEP’s Vice President Plant Operations for Europe concluded by saying, "Cutting carbon is a priority for us as a business and delivers tangible bottom-line benefits. We have already cut our carbon emissions by 7.6% and are committed to making further reductions in the future."
"Going through the assessment process to achieve the Carbon Trust Standard helped us to quantify our carbon footprint, benchmark our performance and identify areas for improvement across our operations. The Carbon Trust Standard is a credible certification and another way for us to stay ahead of the game".