From this month all United Pallet Network (UPN) deliveries will be carbon neutral, under a carbon offsetting scheme, the company has announced this week.

Carbon Neutral Britain (CNB) will provide UPN with full carbon neutral certification for every network member, certifying all UPN deliveries as carbon neutral. Each UPN member will receive a carbon neutral delivery badge and licence enabling them to confirm and promote their carbon neutral status.

CNB is providing a carbon emissions report based on projected figures for 2024 to demonstrate how the carbon footprint of the UPN network has been calculated and offset via the ISO 14064 and GHG Emissions Protocol accounting standards. These are the two largest and most recognised methods for carbon footprint calculation in the world, used by the UK government and all public agencies. The report confirms how emissions have been validated and offset via CNB, with third party assurance.

All carbon offsetting projects supported by CNB are verified via the three largest carbon certifications in the world - the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS), Gold Standard Voluntary Emission Reductions (VER), and the United Nations Certified Emission Reductions (CER) programmes.

Projects are funded across the developing world that help provide education, employment, clean water, energy and a positive impact on local wildlife and ecology. UPN will provide complete transparency of all projects supported in regular updates and reporting

“UPN are now working with Carbon Neutral Britain to offset our company’s carbon emissions by investing in carbon offsetting programmes upfront for each financial quarter so deliveries are offset in real time as a proactive measure to minimise our environmental impact.” said David Brown, UPN MD, who signed the agreement with CNB.

”Being a pallet network UPN are already at the sharp end of sustainable logistics.As the APN (Association of Pallet Networks) highlights, sector vehicle fill is 73% compared to a logistics industry average of 51%, reducing by around 800 per day the number of vehicles on our roads. We must recognize though that by the very nature of our business our industry will leave a carbon footprint, we can’t help that at the moment.”

UPN Deliveries Carbon Neutral Certified[72994]

UPN Deliveries Carbon Neutral Certified[72994]

He added: ”At UPN we have a real commitment to do what we can to help protect our planet. Team UPN, all our staff, all our members, all our suppliers are fully committed to help us to drive forward this very important initiative.

”Furthermore, UPN are hoping that by being the first network to go Carbon Neutral we will encourage others to follow so that as a sector we can all make a real difference.”

“This new partnership with Carbon Neutral Britain is UPNs commitment to optimise our ethical position in this crucial area. UPN has a moral obligation to do as much as we can. This is in no way the easy option, however at the moment it’s the most impactful way we can make a difference.”