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  • The Environment

    Minimising the environmental impact of CHEP's operations and the supply chains we serve

    CHEP is committed to working towards Zero Harm - zero environmental damage - by reducing its environmental footprint and using its influence to minimise the footprint of its customers and its supply chain.

    This includes:

    • Annual reductions in energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions
    • Annual improvements in water and waste management
    • Responsible management of lumber resources for CHEP, its suppliers, customers and the wider community
    • Engagement with supply chain participants to ensure their practices are in line with CHEP's environmental principles
    • Ensuring CHEP meets customers' sustainability expectations.

    There are a number of initiatives around the world that demonstrate our commitment to the environment including:

  • Environmental calculators in the USA and Europe

    CHEP USA and Europe have environmental calculators that enable customers to determine by how much they can reduce solid waste, GHG emissions and energy consumption by using the CHEP pallet pooling system instead of alternative shipping platforms (such as non-pooled lumber pallets and pooled plastic pallets).

    Multimodal transportation in the USA and Europe

    By collaborating with transport providers CHEP USA and EMEA is aiming to reduce the number of trucks on the roads by incorporating the use of rail and shipping. This will reduce the number of truck kilometres by 7.9 million per annum, which equates to a reduction in CO2 emissions of 5,000 tons.

    Using biomass boilers in the UK

    Hoddesdon Service Centre in the UK uses a biomass boiler that takes waste wood from pallets that are beyond repair. The waste wood is used as fuel for the boiler which provides heat for the building as well as hot water. CHEP is now investigating the feasibility of introducing a similar boiler in other UK Service Centres to reduce the use of natural gas.

    Lumber sourcing in New Zealand

    In CHEP New Zealand, lumber reclaiming activities have been extended to both the North and South Islands. CHEP New Zealand also engaged a third party consultant to reduce waste, including lumber going to landfill. In the first three months, its waste going to landfill was reduced by 50%.

    20 pallets high initiative in Australia

    In Australia, CHEP recently obtained accreditation to stack up to 20 pallets high on a truck, instead of 16 to 18, which is the industry norm. This saves customers an estimated 7–12% on CO2-e emissions per trip. This also reduces the number of vehicle trips and cuts down on loading time and risk.