CHEP New Zealand has received CEMARS certification – a protocol that formally recognises CHEP’s effectiveness in measuring greenhouse gas emissions – in compliance with ISO 14064-1 – and the ability to identify, prioritise and manage greenhouse gas emission reduction activities.
CEMARS – Certified Emissions Measurement And Reduction Scheme – is the world’s first internationally accredited greenhouse gas certification programme under ISO 14064.
“Measuring CHEP’s environmental impact and reducing the carbon footprint is critical to CHEP’s commitment to sustainability at a New Zealand and global level,” says CHEP New Zealand Safety, Health and Environment Manager, Richard Dunn. “As the provider of reusable supply chain packaging solutions, managing movements of in excess of 64 million pallets, containers and reusable plastic crates (RPCs) in New Zealand every year, sustainability is at the core of what CHEP does every day. “The CEMARS programme takes us a step further by ensuring we are measuring our material impacts consistently and completely and gives assurance to our customers and shareholders that the data we report is accurate,” says Mr Dunn.
The programme involves a detailed audit of CHEP New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions every 12 months and provides targets to help CHEP reduce intensity emissions by 2 percent every year from 2013 levels over a five-year period.
The CEMARS programme also provides a framework for driving improved carbon management and facilitates the purchase of carbon credits to offset remaining emissions.
CHEP’s commitment to environmental sustainability is just one element of CHEP’s Sustainability Framework, which has three pillars: Better Planet, Better Communities and Better Business.
CHEP New Zealand’s four environmental sustainability targets for the 2015 financial year include:
• 100 percent Chain of Custody certified timber used for all pooled pallets;
• Reducing greenhouse gas emissions intensity annually by a minimum of 2 percent to achieve a
reduction of 10 percent by the end of the fifth year of the programme (2018);
• Zero timber waste to landfill; and
• Improved recycling rates at service centres.