Roundup: RM2 Supports Montreal Protocol, Pallet Wide Shipping Containers Boost Capacity

RM2 Supports Ambitious Amendment


Leading Composite Pallet Provider  Joins 65 Companies and Leaders from 100+ Countries for Ambitious Amendment to the Montreal Protocol to Phase Down HFCs

Sept. 22, 2016. RM2 USA and the RM2 Group have announced their support in an ambitious Montreal Protocol amendment, joining more than 65 companies and leaders from 100 plus Countries that are standing with the Obama Administration to demonstrate an ongoing commitment to climate action. The Montreal Protocol is an amendment to phase down HFCs, which could avoid a rise in the world’s temperature by 0.5°C by the end of the century. The phase down is one of the most significant steps the world can take now to deliver on the goals of the Paris Agreement.

“We declare our intent to work to reduce the use and emissions of high-global-warming-potential HFCs and transition over time to more sustainable alternatives in a manner that maintains or increases energy efficiency‎,” said Matt Gilfillan, CEO of the Americas of RM2.

RM2 specializes in pallet development, manufacture, supply and management. Their goal is to establish a leading presence in global pallet supply and improve the supply chain of manufacturing and distribution businesses through the effective and efficient use and management of composite pallets. RM2’s customer-centric approach focuses on improving environmental efficiencies in the customer supply chain and is committed to reducing the emissions intensity to produce the BLOCKPal™ composite pallet.

Following their commitment to the American Business Act on Climate Pledge in 2015, RM2 is proud to support the Montreal Protocol Amendment and is dedicated to achieving outstanding environmental performance for the company and their customers. RM2 pledges to take a comprehensive approach in promoting sustainability, including:

  • Reducing RM2 manufacturing GHG emissions intensity 20% by 2025, compared with its 2015 baseline.
  • Reducing pallet-related CO2 emissions by 21% when customers switch from a conventional pallet to the RM2 BLOCKPal.
  • Through projected customer usage, the RM2 BLOCKPal will help in the reduction of 1.9 million tons of CO2 by 2025 and 4.4 million tons by 2030.
  • RM2 will continue to explore investment in technologies, products and processes that promote sustainability. It will continue to develop tracking and logistics software that provides real time intelligence to monitor and optimize the efficient movement of any transit equipment.
  • RM2 will continue its strategy to reduce the impact of manufacturing and operations in the areas of water, waste and CO2 emissions. RM2’s strategy includes:

1) The continued reduction of impact in fabrication and assembly operations

2) Further adoption of new technologies with reduced environmental impact

3) Seeking suppliers with similar eco-efficient strategies

4) Publishing annual RM2 CSR and Sustainability reports, starting in 2016



 Pallet Wide Shipping Containers Boost Capacity, Reduce Voids


In the course of substantially enlarging their pallet wide fleet, UK-based MacAndrews & Company Ltd and German OPDR are expecting a delivery of 4,000 new 40ft pallet wide high cube containers. Acquired and provided by CMA CGM, the new containers will enable customers to ship more goods and offer enhanced cargo security.

In relation to standard 40ft containers, these new units offer space for up to five additional euro-pallets: As many as 30 euro-pallets can be stowed inside one 40ft pallet wide high cube container. The extra 30 centimeters in height also contribute considerably to an increased cargo intake. These high cube containers have a higher payload, enabling the carriage of heavier cargo.

Pallet wide units were specifically designed with the 1.2 x 0.8m euro pallet in mind. The equipment, with its 2.45 m internal width, can accommodate three pallets across and 10 pallets deep, resulting in a total of 30 pallets versus 25 on a standard container.

In addition, the higher capacity leads to an optimized securing of cargo: The extra room allows a precise and unitary arrangement of the euro pallets, avoiding open spaces that could result in slipping of the load. Lastly, multiple anchor points inside the container ensure maximum securing and therefore keeping the risk of damage to a minimum.

Through offering this new equipment, short sea shipping experts MacAndrews and OPDR underscore their customer-oriented approach and aspiration to provide the best in products for their client-integrated supply chains.

Source: ODPR



ISRI Seeks Nominations for 2017 Design for Recycling® Award


An important step towards the circular economy is attention to product design. The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), has issued a call for entries for the 2017 Design for Recycling® (DFR) Award. The DFR Award is ISRI’s highest award given annually to the most outstanding contribution to products designed with recycling in mind. It recognizes proactive steps made by manufacturers who have actively incorporated DFR principles into products and processes.

“When designing a product, manufacturers should be giving just as much of a priority to the product’s ability to be recycled as manufacturers do cost, appearance, and other factors,” said Robin Wiener, president of ISRI. “Effective recycling begins at the drawing board. Through the Design for Recycling® Award, ISRI is looking to reward companies, designers, and manufacturers with the mindset of producing products that can be recycled safely and with ease, thus benefiting both the environment and the economy.”

ISRI inaugurated the award more than 10 years ago. Previous winners include Cascades Fine Papers Group, Coca-Cola Recycling Company, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Dell Inc., LG Electronics, and this year’s winner Samsung Electronics America.

To be eligible for ISRI’s Design for Recycling Award ®, a product must be designed/redesigned and manufactured to:

  • Contain the maximum amount of materials that are recyclable.
  • Be easily recycled through current or newly designed recycling processes and procedures.
  • Be cost effective to recycle whereby the cost to recycle does not exceed the value of its recycled materials.
  • Be free of hazardous materials that are not recyclable or impede the recycling process.
  • Minimize the time and cost involved to recycle the product.
  • Reduce the use of raw materials by including recycled materials and/or components.
  • Have a net gain in the overall recyclability of the product while reducing the overall negative impact on the environment.

Interested parties can enter online before the January 20, 2017 deadline. The winner will be recognized at the ISRI 2017 Convention and Exposition to be held April 22-27 in New Orleans.

American consumers say that recyclability matters when making purchasing decisions. According to a survey conducted in November 2014 by Harris Poll, two-thirds (66 percent) of Americans say they look for information on whether or not the product is made from recycled materials when making a purchase. Furthermore, Americans would be willing to spend 13 percent more, on average, on a product if it was fully recyclable (i.e., all parts of the item could be recycled), and an average of 10 percent more for a product if they knew it was made of recycled materials.