Ablebox has become what is believed to be the first corrugated converter in the UK to achieve carbon neutral certification for its operations from the Carbon Trust, the independent certification body for carbon footprints. The company employs nearly 80 people across its sites in Yeovil and Henstridge.
Ablebox’s organisational carbon footprint was verified by the Carbon Trust to the recognised standard for carbon neutrality, PAS 2060. The team has already installed energy efficient lighting in its Henstridge factory and is planning a review of all lighting on its Yeovil site to further increase efficiency. The company has also reduced emissions by moving to 100% renewable utilities providers.
The company has a carbon reduction plan and has committed to continually reducing emissions. Ongoing reductions will be achieved through the use of two fully electric Tesla Semi trucks – the first to be ordered in the UK. Ablebox also has plans to install a waste steam recovery system to capture and reuse energy used in its factory.
Sam Ainsworth, Executive Chairman at Ablebox commented, “This certification demonstrates our commitment to our customers and the local community that we are a responsible and proactive business, always seeking to do better, especially when it comes to the environment. Our team has been really supportive of the process, and we hope to inspire our customers, suppliers and competitors to go carbon neutral as well. We are now looking at certifying our products as carbon neutral, offering low carbon options for our customers in the same way that our products can currently be FSC certified.”
Ablebox has used the carbon credits system to offset the remaining emissions that occur during the manufacturing process. These credits will be used for a wind power project in India, and a scheme that distributes solar cookers to low income households in Henan Province, China.
Sam Ainsworth, Executive Chairman at Ablebox.