CHEP

CHEP rents pallets and reusable plastic containers to consumer goods and retail companies around the world. It has been in business for 139 years and has more than 15,000 employees and 500,000 pallet collection points.

Providing a carbon neutral product to our customers makes CHEP standout in the market; it allows our customers to go beyond the environmental benefits of our share-and-reuse business model, further reducing their environmental footprint and helping to make the world´s supply chains more sustainable.

Iñigo Canalejo Lasarte, Sustainability Director, Europe, Africa, India and the Middle East

1

Define

Starting in 2012, CHEP has expanded its CarbonNeutral® pallets offering from three to 24 countries. In 2018 it announced that its half pallets had also achieved carbon neutral status, making them the first and only CarbonNeutral® certified pooled platform in North America.

2

Measure

CHEP’s CarbonNeutral® product certification means that the company has addressed the life-cycle of the pallets. To achieve this, when measuring emissions, CHEP needed data on the materials and services that go into the pallets, its manufacture and its distribution to customers.

3

Target

CHEP first targeted a CarbonNeutral® product offering in 2012, and has since expanded it from three to 24 countries. The company has an inherently low-emission business model, so it was a small step for the company to target a CarbonNeutral® pallet offering to enable its customers to further decarbonise their supply chains. Climate action is an increasingly important differentiator for businesses such as CHEP, whose customers are demanding their suppliers take climate action seriously in order to meet their own sustainability commitments.

Iñigo Canalejo Lasarte, Sustainability Director, Europe, Africa, India and the Middle East, commented: “Providing a carbon neutral product to our customers makes CHEP stand out in the market; it allows our customers to go beyond the environmental benefits of our share-and-reuse business model, further reducing their environmental footprint and helping to make the world´s supply chains more sustainable. Not many companies in our industry are providing carbon neutral products.”

4

Reduce

CHEP delivered its CarbonNeutral® products in 2018. In addition, it has demonstrated that sharing and reusing CHEP’s pallets and reusable plastic containers saved 2.5 million tonnes of CO2 when compared to one way packaging and non-pooled pallets. The company minimises emissions from transportation by collaborating with other companies to eliminate empty truck miles.

Emission reduction projects are used to offset remaining emissions and CHEP’s customers can choose the project they invest in when selecting CarbonNeutral® pallets to ensure it aligns with their own sustainability strategy. Rainforest conservation projects in Brazil and the Mississippi Valley have resonated with CHEP’s customers.

5

Communicate

How a company manages the environmental and climate impacts of its energy use - principally carbon emissions - is an increasingly important differentiator for businesses such as CHEP, whose customers are demanding their suppliers take climate action seriously in order to meet their own sustainability commitments. A CarbonNeutral® product offering is one of the many actions CHEP is taking to demonstrate that.

There was also a programme of internal communications with Account Directors and Sales teams to ensure they understood the details of the emission reduction projects CHEP finances, which are selected to resonate with customers’ interests.

The platform was honoured as Environmental Initiative of the Year at Industrial Pack 2018.

Part of a social media GIF advertising the CarbonNeutral® Half Pallet