Sustainability at Essentra Components
At Essentra Components we are aiming to be the world’s leading, responsible, hassle free supplier of essential industrial components. When it comes to sustainability, we are on a journey and we know that many of our customers are too. We are supporting our customers to meet their own sustainability objectives by developing sustainable industrial component solutions for them. The sustainability programme at Essentra Components is sponsored by our senior leaders and the responsible use of materials is very important to us.
We are committed to being a sustainable supplier and manufacturing sustainable industrial component solutions that work for our customers and the environment. Our customers are tackling many sustainability challenges including:
- Reducing carbon emissions
- Managing waste
- Conserving natural resources
To help our customers meet their objectives, we are working to increase the use of post-consumer recycled content in our low-density polyethylene (LDPE) and polypropylene (PP) standard product ranges. Recyclability is another important element when considering the products’ complete lifecycle from raw material to end of life so we are engaging with our product management team to identify opportunities to improve.
Essentra Components are developing the capability to provide sustainable custom solutions using alternative materials to virgin polymers. Some materials we are currently trialing include post-consumer recycled polymers, bio-based polymers derived from plants, and biodegradable additives blended with recycled and virgin resins.
As a signatory of the European Commission’s Circular Plastics Alliance (CPA), we are dedicated to increasing our use of recycled polymer raw materials and contributing to the CPA’s aim of boosting the European recycled plastics market to 10 million tonnes by 2025.
Sustainable manufacturing of our industrial components is very important to us and we now have ambitious targets to boost ongoing energy-saving and waste reduction projects, which include:
- 25% reduction in Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 2025
- All sites will be Zero Waste To Landfill certified by 2030
- Our direct operations will be carbon neutral by 2040
We’re not stopping there and as part of the plastics value chain, we recognise the risk of pellet loss to the environment. That’s why we are actively managing our use of pellets as a signatory of the British Plastic Federation’s Operation Clean Sweep.
Essentra Components and the wider Essentra Plc believe in being transparent about our sustainability journey, progress and challenges. We disclose our data to CDP and Ecovadis annually to meet the needs of our customers who request this information and help us to identify areas for improvement.
In 2019 Essentra Plc achieved an Ecovadis silver rating and a CDP Climate Change C Score, this shows we are aware of impacts on and of the climate and we strive to improve our work in these areas every year. We achieved a CDP supplier engagement rating of B-, because we are taking action to engage with our customers on sustainability issues.