Leading carpet manufacturer achieves Carbon Warranty certification
The leading manufacturer and supplier of carpets in New Zealand Godfrey Hirst (NZ) Ltd is the first organisation whose Carbon footprint has been verified under the recently established “Carbon Warranty” programme by International Certifications Ltd. Godfrey Hirst Ltd has a strong commitment to environmental responsibility and their carpet manufacturing processes have been certified to Environmental Choice and ISO 14001 for a number of years, which has “supported their strong market position” (Production Manager, Glyn Jones). This year the company has taken it a step further and has, with the assistance of Sustainable Edge consultants, measured and reported their carbon footprint in accordance with the internationally recognised Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions standard ISO 14064-1:2006, which is the basis for verification under the Carbon Warranty programme.
The Carbon Warranty programme has been developed by International Certifications Ltd as a user friendly way of verifying organisations’ carbon footprints in accordance with ISO 14064-1:2006. Under this programme companies can achieve three distinct levels of verification, “Carbon Measured”, “Carbon Managed” and “Carbon Neutral”.
Since July 2009 Godfrey Hirst (NZ) Ltd has quantified and reported their annual GHG emissions occurring from design, manufacture, sales and distribution of their carpets. Over the first two years the organisation has reduced their overall GHG emissions by 7%. Significant reductions have been made in the use of natural gas (–13% or 126 tonnes CO2 equivalent) and electricity (–48% or 236 tonnes CO2 equivalent). These reductions were achieved by a programme dedicated to installing more energy efficient production equipment. Per meter of carpet the reductions have been –6% and –41% respectively. Besides the reductions in GHG emissions, these activities have saved the organisation a significant amount in electricity costs.
Having addressed GHG reductions through energy efficiency programmes in the previous years, this year’s program is directed towards reducing waste, which currently accounts for a 17% of Godfrey Hirst’s GHG emissions. From reductions in this area the organisation is expecting another drop in operational costs.
Godfrey Hirst’s production manager, Glyn Jones, has been highly satisfied with the programme and points out that “[…] with the support of carbon consultant, Sustainable Edge, the process and audit was surprisingly painless. We have maintained our leading edge and are the first NZ carpet manufacturer to measure and manage our carbon footprint”.
Because of their activities to reduce their GHG emissions the organisation has achieved the Carbon Warranty level “Carbon Managed”. This means that their GHG emissions have been quantified and reported in accordance with the ISO 14064-1:2006 standard and that they have implemented an effective GHG Emissions Management and Reduction Plan.
While the programme has helped Godfrey Hirst to identify and achieve efficiency improvements that resulted in cost savings for the company, the Carbon Warranty programme also enables the company to demonstrate to the market its commitment to sustainability and maintain leadership in the industry. The company recognises that in a marketplace where customers demand environmental responsibility from their suppliers recognised verification programmes such as Carbon Warranty benefit their organisation by proving their environmental credentials.
If you want to learn more about the Carbon Warranty programme or want to get your Carbon Footprint verified under this programme please see the information here or contact International Certifications Ltd.