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Elopak Becomes CarbonNeutral® and Offers CarbonNeutral® Packaging to Customers

30 June 2016 |
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In June 2016, Elopak became CarbonNeutral®. Building on years of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions, improving efficiency and phasing in renewable energy, Elopak chose to support projects in Borneo and Uganda by purchasing third-party verified carbon emission reduction credits to offset the company's residual emissions.

After years of reducing Elopak’s greenhouse gas emissions by way of energy efficiency and phasing in renewable energy, there will still be residual emissions which cannot be reduced to zero. Examples include emissions from the transport of raw materials and finished goods, as well as emissions from business travel. In order to get to zero, a company like Elopak will need to support projects outside of the value chain, that can provide third-party verified carbon emission reduction credits. In doing so, we are supporting projects with positive effects on local livelihoods and the environment. Elopak is supporting the following two projects:

Rimba Raya – protecting rainforest and the orangutan in Borneo, Indonesia

The Rimba Raya project protects over 640 square kilometres of rainforest and forms a vital patrolled buffer zone between the palm oil plantations and the Tanjung Puting National Park, home to one of the last remaining wild populations of orangutans on Earth. The project protects the local rainforest by two main mechanisms: by incentivising the local population to protect the forest and by direct prevention of illegal logging by patrols and guard towers. Furthermore, the project improves the local communities, including providing clean water, improved health care for forest dependent communities and employment opportunities for local people in the area. The project is validated and verified to the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and has obtained Triple Gold status within the Climate Community and Biodiversity (CCB) Standard.

The project is the largest donor to the Orangutan Foundation International, which runs several protection programmes for the orangutan population.

Rimba Raya

Uganda: Improved Cookstoves project

The Ugandan Improved Cookstoves project subsidises the sale of fuel-efficient cookstoves across Uganda to improve cooking conditions and reduce indoor air pollution. Over 2.4 million people are benefiting from less indoor smoke, fuel cost savings and faster cooking times.

The Gold Standard project is establishing markets and offers microcredit to help rural households and institutions, such as schools, who are unable to afford upfront costs. The improved cookstoves reduce fuel use by 36% compared to traditional cooking methods and can save families more than US $105 per year. The project has also contributed to local economic growth, and the creation of hundreds of new jobs. Furthermore, the cookstoves provide 50% less local pollution, and improved safety, by reducing the risk of accidents with open fires.

The carbon neutral certification is in accordance with The CarbonNeutral Protocol and has been verified by an independent third-party, Anthesis Consulting Group.