Nampak Plastics' carbon footprint
Packaging only accounts for 2% of Europe's carbon footprint. Primarily, the largest contributing factor to our company's carbon footprint is the energy used during the manufacturing process and distribution.
In 2011, we conducted research to measure our carbon footprint using CIBA and Pira accredited methodology.
From this work we identified that, based on current CO2 values from various energy sources, there are 2.642 grams of CO2 per gram of HDPE.
60% of the CO2 is derived from the HDPE manufacture, 20.5% from the bottle manufacture, 18% from the polymer distribution and 1.5% from the packaging material. Over the last two years, we have reduced our carbon footprint by 16%.
Through utilising the latest energy-efficient technology, we are seeing a marked decline in the energy used and our in-plant operations (where bottling and filling take place on a customer's site) have contributed greatly to a reduction in distribution. Similarly, product design refinements have enabled more bottles to be delivered in a load, and we have also switched to higher capacity trailers.
We will continue to analyse our carbon footprint using the agreed methodology prepared until formal regulation. The most recent data collected will be used by our company as a benchmark for future performance.