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Challenge Packaging is delighted to announce that with the help of their Carbon Partner, Auditel, they are a now one of the first UK organisations to have delivered on their objective of becoming Verified Carbon Neutral to PAS 2060.

With the help of our carbon partner Auditel, Challenge Packaging has become one of the first UK organisations to be verified carbon neutral to PAS 2060. This achievement reflects our ongoing commitment to sustainability, and the responsibility towards the planet that we exhibit throughout our business activities.

What’s the difference between carbon neutral, verified carbon neutral and net zero?

Carbon Neutral

Balancing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by offsetting through the buying of carbon credits. This can often be criticised as a business ‘buying its way out’.

Verified Carbon Neutral

This is measured to an international standard, and requires high quality carbon inventories, recognised and verified offset schemes and UKAS certified verification. It’s a reliable claim of genuine achievement. which is hard to achieve but is a good stepping stone on the Net Zero journey.

Net Zero Carbon

Reduction, removal or capture of all a businesses’ own GHG emissions, without the use of external carbon credits. It’s a long-term goal for most organisations.

What is PAS 2060?

Internationally recognised as a standard by which a company’s claims to offset their carbon emissions can be verified, PAS 2060 is a set of guidelines and criteria that not only help a business to achieve carbon neutrality but prove their efforts too. PAS 2060 was developed by the British Standards Institution and introduces 4 stages to achieve carbon neutrality: measurement, reduction, offsetting and documentation.

What does this mean for Challenge Packaging?

Who better than to explain what achieving carbon neutrality to PAS 2060 criteria means than Challenge Packaging’s Managing Director Martin Coppard? Of the carbon neutral certification, he said:

“This accomplishment is a testament to our unwavering commitment to environmental sustainability and corporate responsibility. At Challenge Packaging, we recognise the urgent need to address climate change, and our journey toward reducing our carbon emissions is a crucial step for us in reducing our environmental footprint.

Through the help of our partnership with Auditel and NQA assessors we have meticulously assessed and measured our carbon emissions, which have been calculated to be 1508.88 tCO2e, and achieved PAS2060 certification. During the process we have also scoped out innovative and sustainable practices for the next 3 years and invested in projects that offset our remaining carbon impact. This milestone is not just a checkbox on our sustainability roadmap; it’s a reflection of our dedication to making a positive impact on the planet. By achieving verified carbon neutrality, we have significantly reduced our carbon emissions, contributing to a healthier and more sustainable future for us all.

Our commitment doesn’t stop here. We will continue to explore and implement initiatives that promote sustainability across all aspects of our operations. We believe that every organisation has a responsibility to be a steward of the environment, and we are proud to lead by example. I want to express my gratitude to every member of the Challenge Packaging team whose hard work and dedication have made this achievement possible. Your commitment to sustainability has not only elevated our company but has also positioned us as a leader in our industry.  To our customers, partners, and stakeholders, thank you for your continued support. Together, we are making a meaningful difference, and we invite you to join us on this journey toward a more sustainable and resilient future.”

Our carbon partner Auditel

A leader in their field, Auditel helps environmentally committed companies like ours achieve independent verification of carbon neutrality. It’s the Auditel team that has guided us through the PA 2060 framework, which has meant that we’ve achieved our ultimate aim of becoming officially verified carbon neutral. 

Carbon Auditor Ian Hopping, comments, “Challenge Packaging has always been a manufacturer of inherently sustainable products that can be recycled, making them a strong partner to any of their customers who care about the environment. They are not just interested in short-term commercial success; they have their eyes set firmly on the future thinking very much about the generations to come. Ultimately, they want to be judged by their actions and what they have now achieved gaining PAS 2060 Verification proves that they deliver on their promises.

Challenge Packaging believes that acting sustainably and reducing their carbon emissions is the right way to go as they believe the economy and ecology are intrinsically linked. I look forward to helping them further decarbonise their business as we drive towards Net Zero.  It has been an absolute pleasure working with the whole Challenge Packaging team. Their dedication and unity on this goal have been inspiring.”

Martin Coppard concludes, “We believe that we have a responsibility as a business to our customers, our employees, and future generations to reduce and remove as many of the carbon emissions generated from our activities as possible. We are very keen to make what we do transparent and continue to remain a strong and reliable partner for them in the future.”

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the UK’s net zero target? 

The UK has a target to be net zero by 2050. 

Will Challenge Packaging continue to be audited on its commitment to carbon neutrality?

Yes, yearly audits will still take place, so you can be reassured of our sustainable activities. 

How does a business like Challenge Packaging become verified carbon neutral? 

By both taking carbon reduction measures in-house, such as electric vehicle and renewable energy use, as well as supporting emission reduction projects externally.

What other sustainable goals does Challenge Packaging have? 

It’s our aim to be 100% sustainable for 2025; over 90% of our products are made from recyclable or biodegradable materials already. 

What is the customer’s role in helping Challenge Packaging make a meaningful difference? 

We ask that customers recycle our recyclable and biodegradable products, such as our cardboard boxes, in the appropriate way, so that they can be reused and/or disposed of properly. 

What recycling practices happen at Challenge Packaging?

We recycle all our waste cardboard and paper and make them into new products.

What packaging products can be recycled? 

We would always recommend that you check each product before you purchase, so that you know whether they can be recycled or not. For example, card, cardboard, paper, aluminium and certain plastics can be recycled. However, plastic film, polystyrene and plastic tapes cannot be, so consider sustainable alternatives like eco-friendly tape or eco loose fill

Is there a sustainable alternative to bubble wrap? 

Bubble wrap is effective but notoriously plastic based, but did you know that there’s a sustainable alternative? Hexcel wrap protects your goods in transit and can be recycled once it’s done its job.