Scope 3 carbon neutrality in sight for Spadel

In 2015 Spadel achieved carbon neutrality on Scope 1 and 2 for its production sites.  Today, we are well on our way to achieving full neutrality across the entire value chain  (Scope 1, 2 & 3) and expect to achieve it by the end of 2020. Which is great news, but what exactly does it all mean? 

Simply put, Scope 1 emissions come from energetic sources that are under our own  control.  Think emissions from air conditioning units, gas boilers for sanitising materials and other equipment in our offices and bottling plants.  Scope 2 covers the electrical power we purchase and use for our activities, which is responsible for indirect emissions.  Scope 3 covers all other emissions that occur upstream and downstream of the factory; from the transport of materials to our factory to the distribution of our bottles and their recycling at the end of their lifecycle.

Achieving Carbon Neutrality

There are different ways of achieving carbon neutrality: on a local level we have invested in packaging improvements (see below) and in the use of renewable energy, such as solar power, and rely on 100% green energy.  On a global level, we are investing in projects that help offset the remainder of our carbon footprint.  Projects such as the rehabilitation of 41 boreholes in Rwanda. To help us create the right roadmap with clear action points and targets, we joined the Science Based Targets Initiative in June 2019.

This initiative falls under an independent expert committee that brings together the Kyoto Protocol, the Paris Climate Agreement and other global initiatives to help keep global warming under 1,5°C.  Thanks to the Science Based Targets initiative we have been able to identify some 40 actions points.

Hotspots Identified

Packaging represents around 50% of the total carbon footprint of Spadel.  Which is why we continuously look for ways to improve in this area.  From light-weighting our bottles to increasing the percentage of recycled materials in them, we are deeply committed to improving our processes and products at every turn.  It’s at the heart of our commitment to be the Source of Change®.

We work closely together with our suppliers on integrating renewable materials such as bio PET and bio plastics, but in some cases the technology simply isn’t ready yet.  However, we hope to have the technology in the next 5-10 years.  In the meantime, all our packaging will be 100% recyclable (including the labels on the bottles) and contain 100% recycled materials by 2025.

Future Vision and Ambitions

With Scope 3 representing around 80% of our total carbon footprint, achieving neutrality here is a hugely ambitious undertaking.  We are on track to achieving full carbon neutrality thanks to our actions on local and global levels by the start of 2021, and the dedication of our team, our suppliers and our distributors.

With final figures on our total carbon footprint coming in at the end of 2020 – audited by the Science Based Targets Initiative Committee – we look forward to mapping out our next steps. This is an ongoing process and step by step we will continue to reduce our carbon footprint.  Our vision is to become net-net carbon neutral with no need for compensation by 2050.