Environment

We are part of an industry with increasing concerns for environmental performance and change through voluntary stewardship and regulatory guidance. Reducing the environmental impact through the products and services we provide is at the core of our activity. As the technology leader, we have opted for a real technical carbon footprint emission reduction versus CO2 certificate trading.

Click here to download the self-declared environmental claim based on the life cycle assessment (LCA) of the environmental impacts of expanded polypropylene ARPRO, ARPRO Recycled and ARPRO 35 Ocean. The assessment was performed using the LCA method conducted in accordance with ISO 14040. Environmental impacts were characterised using PEF 3.0 methodology of the European Union. ARPRO grades have the lowest ecological footprint amongst our peers in life cycle assessment today.

Our direct CO2 emission intensity has been reduced by 32% vs 2011 by process improvements and in part due to 100% renewable electricity used in our production plants. Our target is to reduce by a further 40% by 2027 with the use of bio-gas. As a result of process innovations, we have reduced the CO2 footprint of all of our products and ARPRO Recycled grades have an even lower carbon footprint (<2 kg CO2 eq./kg ARPRO) while maintaining the same performance properties of ARPRO Black. We continue to innovate and invest in CO2 recycling for the ARPRO production process to provide additional emission reductions in 2022.

CO2(e) savings result from the ability to deliver component weight reductions of up to 35%. If this saving is applied to the number of cars sold annually, an environmental saving of nearly 16 million tonnes of CO2(e) could be achieved.

Lime green ARPRO (expanded polypropylene) in a heart shape clear mould

Our environmental footprint is important to us for many different reasons. We take great care in keeping any effect we have on the environment to the absolute minimum. There are several factors that we consider to ensure we are doing everything we can:

  • You - we will work with you and support your efforts to minimise environmental impact.
  • Investment - environmental impact is a formal underpinning of all strategic and investment decisions, with priority given to investments that further minimise environmental impact.
  • Science not opinion - all claims will be supported by scientific and / or statistical data and wherever possible / practical will be provided by independent parties.
  • Recycling - further build and maintain a viable pan-European collection for recycling network and continue to make available ARPRO with recycled content. We are committed to actively promote ARPRO Recycled to all our customers.
  • Energy - all products will aim to minimise process energy required for manufacture and moulding. Continue to engage in research to reduce moulding energy requirements.
  • Waste - all waste throughout the company, including process waste, will be sorted and recycled.
  • Suppliers - we will discriminate in favour of suppliers who show commitment to environmental impact minimisation.

 

 We continually look at our energy consumption in all areas of the business.