Recresco has achieved operational carbon neutrality making it the first UK-based glass recycling company to gain certification.
The accomplishment comes after a detailed process to establish the full carbon footprint of business operations, followed by a targeted campaign to identify suitable means for balancing that impact.
Certification covers its Scope 1, 2 and operational Scope 3 emissions (water supply, waste generated, business travel, employees commuting emissions) in accordance with PAS 2060.*
Working closely with carbon and sustainability experts Redshaw Advisors, and using the Larimar Wind Farm Project, Dominican Republic, and Evergreen Amazon REDD+ project, both from Verra registry, Recresco has compensated the equivalent of its total operational carbon footprint, placing it in an operational carbon neutral position.
Project Lead and Recresco Executive Assistant Melanie Mason said: “This achievement is the result of a long term focused effort by our business to address our environmental impact while strengthening the company for the future. We have aligned our business objectives with our environmental goals, placing sustainability and resilience at the heart of everything that we do.
“The nature of our business involves high energy consumption, and we believe it is important to address this in an efficient and environmentally responsible way. Achieving carbon neutrality forms just one part of our strategy around the climate crisis and we are really excited to announce this achievement whilst continuing to work on a series of other exciting projects.”
Recresco is working on several sustainable development projects including planned upgrades to reduce material handling and loading shovel activities, and proposed installation of solar panels and wind turbines at its Ellesmere Port and Cwmbran sites.
The company also has advanced glass reprocessing technology which is designed to maximise glass to remelt and reduce waste.
*PAS 2060 certification, the internationally applicable specification for the demonstration of carbon neutrality, illustrates an organisations commitment to sustainability, increased efficiency, and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs).