Efficiency vs Sustainability; the win-win of greener production
Envases Europe commits to reduce Scope 1 & 2 emissions by 42% by 2030.
If there ever was a win-win, it’s when we talk sustainability vs. efficiency. The idea of doing more with less is the fundamentals of efficiency - and in the sustainability context it’s about maximizing the output we gain from the resources we use. This can be done by optimizing processes, reducing waste, maximizing resource utilization etc. Efficiency is an important step to greener production, and is part of scope 1 & 2 in the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).
Uhm. What is SBTi?
In November, we announced that the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) approved our targets. SBTi is a global, independent initiative, which allows companies to set ambitious goals for reducing CO2 emissions that are in line with the latest climate science.Targets are considered ‘science-based’ if they are in line with what the latest climate science deems necessary to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement – limiting global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. Targets are divided into 3 categories: Scope 1, 2, and 3.
Understanding scope 1
Envases’ scope 1 emissions refer to direct emissions originating from resources owned and controlled by us. Here, we talk about emissions that are released into the atmosphere as a direct consequence of our activities. Scope 1 is further divided into 4 sub-categories:
- Stationary combustion, which covers fuels and heating sources that produce GHG emissions
- Mobile combustion, which covers fuel-burning vehicles owned or controlled by us
- Fugitive emissions, which covers leaks from greenhouse gasses such as air conditioning units
- Process emissions that are released during industrial processes and on-site manufacturing
In all these subcategories, efficiency is an important buzzword.
How to reduce scope 1 emissions through efficiency
At Envases, we generally focus on efficiency to make our production greener. We have committed to reduce our Scope 1 & 2 emissions by 42% by 2030. Within scope 1, we have four primary focus areas: our gas emission, reducing company cars on fossil fuels, and making our cooling systems greener.
- Reducing our gas emission e.g. by investing in smarter technology that uses less energy to produce more
- Switching from gas to greener energy whenever possible
- Reduce company vehicles on fossil fuels - both trucks and company cars
- Make our cooling systems greener.
These are examples of some of the steps we have taken and will continue to make so we can be United in a Greener Future.