Independent Assessment Demonstrates Environmental Advantages of CHEP's European Pallet Pooling Solution
Brussels, Belgium - CHEP, the world's leading
provider of pallet and container pooling solutions, announced today that an independent
study has confirmed CHEP's pallet system in Europe has the lightest impact on the
environment when compared with alternative pallet systems, namely white-wood returnable
pallets and white-wood disposable pallets.
CHEP Global Director of Sustainability, Dr Juan José Freijo, said: "This is a
clear competitive advantage and reinforces our view that CHEP is the market leader in sustainability in our sector.
"We completed a comprehensive life-cycle assessment study for CHEP Europe, which
covered CHEP pallet products and services. The assessment was performed by Brussels-based
Intertek-RDC Environment, a leading environmental consultancy organisation and has
been independently peer reviewed* and for ISO 14044 certification."
The life-cycle assessment study focused on CHEP Europe's three key products: the
Euro Pallet (1200x800mm), UK Pallet (1000x1200mm) and Half Pallet (600x800mm). Intertek-RDC
evaluated the total environmental impact of the pallets over their entire life cycle,
from harvesting trees to end-of-life recycling.
The study results demonstrated
that the CHEP pooling solution generates the lowest environmental impact** among
the analysed wooden pallet systems. CHEP's intrinsic business benefits are key in
achieving this environmental performance. These include use of certified wood, higher
transport efficiency, lower losses and recycling at the end of life.
Dr. Freijo said: "We found that emissions and resource consumption when using
CHEP's pallet-pooling system are less than half than when using whitewood returnable
pallets, and the waste generated is about 18 times lower than white-wood disposable
"The study enables us to provide CHEP customers with the comprehensive information
they need from their suppliers to assess the total environmental footprint of packaging,
transportation and delivery of their goods on a pallet in the European supply chain.
"The life-cycle assessment also shows us on which areas we need to focus in order
to reduce our emissions further and therefore improve our own environmental footprint."
In accordance with ISO 14044 methodology, a panel of 3 independent experts completed
a critical review to verify ISO compliance of the life-cycle assessment and enhance
its robustness. The panel comprised a life-cycle assessment expert from Solinnen,
a logistics expert from CPV Associés (both of France) and a pallet manufactuer. The peer
review panel appraised and validated the methodology, data capture, results and
* Peer review is the evaluation of work or performance by other people in the
same field to enhance the quality of the work or performance in that field. The
word peer is often defined as a person of equal standing. However, in the context
of peer review it is generally used in a broader sense to refer to people in the
same profession who are of the same or higher ranking. Peer reviews help maintain
and enhance quality both directly by detecting weaknesses and errors in specific
works and performance and indirectly by providing a basis for making decisions.
Peer review is used extensively in a variety of professional fields, including academic
and scientific research, medicine and law.
** This life-cycle assessment study followed the ISO 14044 standard, which focuses
on the following environmental impacts: global warming potential (CO2 emissions),
acidification (acid rain generation), eutrophication (contamination to rivers),
ozone layer depletion potential (impact on the ozone layer), non-renewable energy
consumption, wood consumption, minerals consumption, water consumption and ultimate
waste sent to landfill.
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