Our journey towards sustainability has reached an important, fundamental milestone. We have calculated our impact on the environment, our carbon footprint. We have done this scientifically and consistently with certified procedures (according to UNI EN ISO 14064-1: 2019).
In order to improve, it is necessary to know where we start from, otherwise it is impossible not only to assess and perceive change, but also to map out medium- to long-term strategies, which is exactly what we are aiming for.
The context: emissions to be reduced
Why pursue more sustainable performance? Greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere are growing steadily (see graph below), with impacts becoming more frequent and severe.
Industry can do much to reverse this trend. We believe we can make our contribution even though, as the analysis of our carbon footprint has confirmed, we are an industry that consumes a lot of energy to produce.
Moreover, the evidence of the high impact of traditional plastics in terms of greenhouse gas emissions further motivates us to research and propose to our customers the most sustainable solutions available on the market.
The carbon footprint calculation is a commitment we make, and will make over time, to contribute to the sustainable turnaround, but also to promote new synergies with our supply chain and our customers. We are ready for the requests that will come from current and potential customers who want to know our impact so that they, in turn, can accurately assess their own footprint.
How did we do this?
We were supported in this assessment by our scientific partner GreenDecision, a spinoff of Ca’ Foscari University Venice specialising in environmental analysis for decision support.
The researchers involved accompanied our staff in collecting the data needed to calculate the organisation’s carbon footprint. This type of assessment takes into account direct emissions from the three plants, indirect emissions from energy consumption and other indirect emissions such as those generated by transport and the products themselves.
We measured each aspect that contributes to the calculation in terms of the amount of carbon dioxide equivalent, which is the unit used to measure the carbon footprint.
Commuting, transport and methane gas consumption have been shown to have an almost insignificant impact on the company. Instead, it emerges that the impacts of electricity consumption and the purchase of plastics are the two most relevant areas, accounting for 21% and 73% of Stamplast’s emissions respectively.
The company’s future strategies will therefore focus on these areas. The objective will be to foster sustainable growth of the industrial activity, respecting environmental sustainability as well as the economic and social sustainability of the business community and the context in which we operate.