Do you ever hear stories about businesses that say that small changes have bigger effects than you can imagine?
When Pennine-Pack were looking at how we could reduce our carbon footprint in 2012, we were almost blown out of our chairs when we realised that while our scope 1 & 2 co2 emissions only came to about 4 tonnes, there was a HUGE 4,000t elephant hiding in our scope 3 emissions.
Cutting through the maths, we produced 4t worth of CO2 to run the business but caused almost 4,000t of emissions with our share of recycling certificates (known as PRNs) that were recycled in China. Clearly we would see much bigger rewards if we could shave a couple of percent off the emissions from recycling in China than by scrimping on the heating and lighting in the office, or walking to meetings with customers.
We decided to try to buy more certificates from British recyclers and this video explains why:
Thank you to @HVcartoons for the video.