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Mandatory Greenhouse Gas Reporting 2017

Macfarlane Group is committed to reducing its greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions.

This report outlines Macfarlane’s GHG emissions for the year ended 31 December 2017. Using an operational approach, Macfarlane Group identified its boundaries to ensure all of the activities and facilities for which it is responsible were being recorded and reported in line with Scope 1 and 2 of the Mandatory Greenhouse Gas Reporting regulation.

Relevant data was provided to an independent consultant, Carbon Clear. The validity, accuracy and completeness of the data was audited by Carbon Clear and then used to calculate the GHG for Macfarlane Group. The calculations were completed in accordance with the main requirements of ISO-14064-1:2006 standard and deliver both absolute values and an intensity ratio for Macfarlane’s emissions. Acquisitions made during 2017 have been included in GHG reporting and an assumption has been made regarding usage based on equivalent sites within the Group.

Macfarlane Group uses total turnover (£000) in the reporting period to calculate the intensity ratio, as this allows emissions to be monitored over time taking into account changes in the size of the Group. This factor was chosen because it provides the greatest degree of accuracy and is the metric best aligned to business growth.

The results show that total gross GHG emissions in the period were 7,182 tonnes of CO2e, (2016 – 6,946 tonnes) comprised of the following;

  • Direct Emissions (Scope 1)

    5,339 tonnes of CO2e (2016 – 4,856 tonnes) 74% (2016 – 70%)

  • Indirect Emissions (Scope 2)

    1,843 tonnes of CO2e (2016 – 2,090 tonnes) 26% (2016 – 30%)

Broken down by business unit the results were as follows;

  • Distribution

    4,146 tonnes of CO2e (2016 – 4,493 tonnes) 58% (2016 – 65%)

  • Manufacturing Operations

    3,036 tonnes of CO2e (2016 – 2,453 tonnes) 42% (2016 – 35%)

2017 emissions have increased by 236 tonnes, an increase of 3.4%, partly due to the acquisition of Greenwoods in September 2017. The increase in 2017 emissions is primarily due to an increase in vehicle fuel consumption. There have been noteworthy reductions elsewhere within the business, including an 11.8% decrease in emissions from electricity.

Table 1: emissions data

Table 2: Intensity Ratio

Macfarlane Group has seen a small increase in overall emissions during 2017, with programmes being completed to ensure the effective management and reduction in emissions where possible.
The 2017 acquisitions have increased emissions in areas such as fuel usage, in line with a larger fleet. The intensity calculation for 2017, reflects the work completed with a reduction in emissions based on sales turnover from 0.039 to 0.037.

During 2018, a programme will be developed with the key objective of reviewing transport efficiency to ensure effective and efficient use of the company’s fleet including recent acquisitions. The target in 2018 will be to see a reduction in fuel consumption, year on year. This will be aided by a programme to upgrade our fleet (approx. 40% of vehicles being replaced in 2018) with new vehicles having cleaner, more fuel efficient, engine technology. These trucks will also yield a significant reduction in our NOx emissions.

Table 3: Emissions data – business segments

Given the growth of the business, continued reductions in the overall Gross tC02e/Sales result will be a challenging target, however the Group is committed to see a further year on year reduction in 2018.

Table 4: Recycling and recovery rate

The need for packaging

Whilst packaging often receives poor publicity, most packaging users understand the importance of protecting goods and their handlers from harm during storage and transportation. In addition, packaging is used to provide important information, security and compliance with government regulations relating to the product’s packaging and labelling.

Packaging and the Environment

Packaging is an essential commodity for many businesses, but it is important to consider ways to minimise the impact that packaging can have on the environment, without compromising on product protection.

Macfarlane Packaging’s three Rs Principles:

1. Reduce

Macfarlane and our suppliers are constantly improving our techniques and technologies to create more efficient packaging products.

2. Reuse

Re-using a product to prolong its life often makes good sense and many packaging products are designed to be utilised many times before they reach the end of their usable life. However, it is not always the most practical or best environmental option based on life cycle thinking. Therefore, recycling can be a better option over reuse.

3. Recycle (or Compost)

If a product can’t be reused, it should be recycled as this can save energy, reduce rubbish in landfill sites and cut the cost of waste disposal.

Environmentally-friendly packaging solutions

At Macfarlane Packaging, we work closely with our suppliers and manufacturers to provide environmentally friendly packaging products.

View our product range at  www.macfarlanepackaging.com.

ISO 14001

Macfarlane Packaging is committed to achieving ISO 14001 registration at all sites. ISO14001 is an internationally accepted standard that defines the requirements for establishing, implementing and operating an environmental management system and the supporting audit programme.

ISO 14001 provides a framework for the development of an environmental management system and the supporting audit programme. Macfarlane Packaging is a responsible packaging supplier that is registered to, and operates in accordance with ISO 14001 Environmental Management standards.