Plastek is a global manufacturer of plastic packaging for the personal care, home care, food & beverage, cosmetics, and pharmaceutical industries. With key sites in the UK, USA, Brazil and Mexico, the company supplies many of the world’s top consumer companies with packaging solutions, incorporating design and product & packaging development as well as world-class manufacturing capabilities.
In 2016 Plastek sought additional support with its commitments to the global Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). As a key supplier to multiple global FMCG clients, the demand for increased transparency and action on carbon emissions in the supply chain was growing.
Plastek had already worked with Envantage on regulatory compliance schemes and onsite energy surveys and turned to the team to help with their CDP programme. Our experts worked alongside Plastek to identify the right strategies and draw up a plan to achieve continuous, accountable improvements in emissions levels.
With a keen strategic focus, Envantage began by helping Plastek to better understand its place within the global supply chain, how its behaviours affect carbon emissions and where there is most potential for improvement.
Central to this work has been a customer and competitor benchmarking exercise to identify the state of emissions reduction progress within the overall sector and supply chain.
This approach has given Plastek a much deeper understanding of the role it can play in supporting its key FMCG customers to achieve their ambitious carbon reduction goals.
With the Plastek team already driving an established programme of carbon reduction projects, Envantage’s role has focussed in three key areas:
Introducing effective internal management structures
and accountability for targets and outcomes
Turning data into meaningful information
to gain buy-in and support decision making – for example, Envantage measures Plastek’s global carbon footprint on an annual basis, quantifying results and communicating progress to key stakeholders
Driving and encouraging behavioural change
via sustainability and energy awareness training, which is helping to embed a culture of energy waste reduction and responsible sourcing within the company
Benefits to Plastek and the planet:
Plastek has achieved a consistent improvement in their CDP score year-on-year. This is testament to a strategic and sustained approach to reducing emissions and driving long-term continual improvement as a key player in the supply chain.
The board is committed to achieving leadership scoring within the Carbon Disclosure Project. To realise this ambition, they will define long-term carbon reduction goals, set science-based emissions reduction targets, and increase the use of renewables in energy supply. They also plan to engage more with supply chain partners, as well as approaching carbon footprint measurement at a product level to gain greater insight into reduction opportunities.
Working groups and reporting routines, combined with robust accountability, will help Plastek to measure, manage and report their improvements.
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Senior Carbon & Energy Consultant
Senior Carbon & Energy Consultant
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