CO2 emissions reduced by 56% per year compared with white wood pallets
Manchester, 3rd May 2018 – Highland Spring Group, the UK’s largest supplier and producer of natural source bottled water, is enjoying significant environmental savings thanks to the use of CHEP’s pooled pallets within its supply chain.
Last year, the owner of brands such as Highland Spring, Speyside Glenlivet and Hydr8, signed a three-year contract renewal with CHEP, the supply chain solutions company, and is now reaping the benefits from an environmental perspective. Under this new contract, CHEP supplies an estimated 500,000 of its industry standard B1210A pooled pallets (1200mm x 1000mm) per year, using a combination of one-way trip and managed recovery services.
Several other initiatives are also included under the terms of a Joint Business Plan, targeted at delivering a range of supply chain efficiencies that benefit both parties. Less than twelve months into the new agreement, this strategic partnership with CHEP is already delivering significant environmental savings for Highland Spring Group when compared to using white wood pallets, including:
- Reducing CO2 emissions by 56% or 660,687 kg; the equivalent of 15 truck trips around the world.
- Saving wood resources by 476,067 dm3, a reduction of 69%: the equivalent of 582,000 books.
- Reducing waste by 77% or 46,031kg; the equivalent of 11 truck loads of waste.
Commenting on these savings, a Highland Spring Group spokesperson said: “Our core purpose is providing healthy hydration made in a sustainable way. It’s our focus, our specialism. So we take our responsibilities and commitment to the environment incredibly seriously, and the positive environmental benefits that we’re able to achieve through the use of CHEP pallets are fantastic!”
To compare the impact its pooled pallets have on the environment, CHEP commissioned a third-party independent study to evaluate the use of its pallets versus white wood pallets if these were used within Highland Spring Group’s supply chain as an alternative platform. This Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) study considers all environmental impacts through the product life-cycle and follows ISO-14044 methodology.
CHEP UK & Ireland Managing Director, Helen Lane is delighted with this latest set of savings being realised by the Highland Spring Group: “More and more of our customers are starting to realise the environmental benefits of using CHEP pooled pallets. In the case of Highland Spring, I’m delighted with the size of the benefits we’re able to deliver. We’ve been working together for many years now, so to see our relationship develop over this time is fantastic, and these savings demonstrate the synergies that exist between our two businesses. Environmental sustainability is at the heart of everything we do.”
Highland Spring Group is one of the world’s top 20 bottled water companies, and the UK’s largest supplier and producer of naturally sourced bottled water. Established in 1979, the group now consists of five bottling plants and employs over 450 staff in Scotland and Wales. Brands include Highland Spring, Speyside Glenlivet and Hydr8. The company also produces a range of private label waters for some of the UK’s major supermarkets and food service retailers.
With a current annual production capacity of over 700 million litres of sustainably sourced water a year and an available resource in excess of 2.2 billion litres a year, Highland Spring Group is on track to continue to be a leading player in the UK soft drinks market for many years to come.