GPA Global, a company that specialises in custom product presentation, centred on bespoke packaging and displays, has been committed to sustainability since its formation. Through initiatives such as supporting community horticulture projects and sourcing environmentally preferred materials in their products, sustainability has always been part of the way GPA does business. To take their efforts to the next level, GPA recently launched an initiative to measure the carbon footprint of their manufacturing sites and provide recommendations on how the footprint can be reduced.
The initiative was piloted in 2018, with the calculation of the carbon footprint of a single factory in Shenzhen, China. The pilot was launched by UL’s environment and sustainability division, providing support from activity coordination, data collection and carbon footprint calculation. The outcome of the pilot was a robust carbon footprint report and capability development across all participants.
Using the learnings from the 2018 pilot, GPA significantly expanded the carbon footprint program in 2019 to include 10 manufacturing sites across Greater China. Furthermore, GPA continues to work with UL to equip teams at each manufacturing site with an understanding of, and processes for carbon management, through a purpose-built online tool that enables efficient capability development, data collection and emissions calculation. GPA and UL have taken this more holistic approach to
With an eye towards the future, GPA will explore whether the approach they have taken for carbon can be replicated across other environmental dimensions such as waste and water management and product recyclability.
Robin Argyrou, Operations Director at GPA Global said, “Simply asking our manufacturing sites to report their carbon footprint would have generated uncertain results. From day one, we have taken the approach of empowering our manufacturers to accurately measure and effectively manage their footprint. This way the teams involved internalise the benefits of carbon management”.
Alberto Uggetti, Vice President and General Man
Source: Thermal Control Magazine
Author: By TCBU Editorial
Published: 04 September 2019