We are pleased to announce that following a detailed look at our carbon footprint and a low key trial, Pennine-Pack Ltd is launching the UK’s first low carbon packaging compliance scheme, Ethical Compliance.
As a business, in our carbon footprint, our direct emissions (Scope 1 & 2) amount to about 5 tonnes per year. When we looked at our indirect emissions we considered the difference in emissions for recycling in the UK and abroad. Recycling abroad, usually in China, adds about 18,000km of shipping which adds about 300kg CO2e of emissions per tonne of waste shipped Our share at Pennine-Pack was about 3,800 tonnes CO2e. This may not be a big number in the overall scheme of things but if we can increase our share of recycling that takes place in the UK, just by choosing a UK based recycler, it will be a step in the right direction.
We ran a low key trial with several members last year, that was successfully audited by SGS in February and made an application to DEFRA who approved the new scheme in March.
The new scheme has opened with ten members from Pennine-Pack and we look forward to welcoming inquiries from any business that would like to support British recycling by having their share of packaging recycled in the UK.