Our Approach To Sustainability
As a global company, we understand that it is our responsibility to achieve a good environmental practice and operate in a sustainable manner. We endeavour to protect the environment by producing innovative, high-performance passive packaging, suitable for transporting temperature sensitive products, in turn, saving energy and reducing CO₂ emissions in the energy-costly cold supply chain. While the cold chain system is crucial for the worldwide availability of perishable products, there is still 20% of product waste per-year due to breaks within the chain. Our products are designed to face this challenge and decrease the number of perishables wasted, by using the least amount of energy possible.
As we only ever want to do more, we minimize the carbon footprint of our products during the entire life-cycle by continually looking for environmental improvement and creating market-facing sustainable solutions. Furthermore, TP3 Global is proud to be ISO 14001:2015 certified. This provides assurance to our customers and partners that our environmental impact is being measured and continuously analysed to reduce the negative impacts. We are committed to maintaining and continually improving our environmental management system as an integral part of our business strategy. As an example, this year, we move to a solution in which zero waste goes to landfill. We also communicate and promote environmental awareness throughout the company; and where possible, provide information and assistance on the environmental impact associated with our products and services. (Ask for our MSDS document or see our end of life recommendations).
End of Life Of TP3 Products
The “Waste Hierarchy” ranks waste management options according to what is best for the environment. The key to preventing waste is to use less material, which is one major TP3 Design Strategy. At TP3 Global, we do everything to abide by this. Whether you need one hour of protection or eight, we carefully select one of our reusable or single-use solutions to best serve your performance and logistical needs while minimising the environmental impact. If the product cannot be reused then the second step in the hierarchy is recycling, followed by energy recovery and last of all, disposal by landfill.
All of our products are non-hazardous and use recyclable materials, however, their composite nature makes them less easy to recycle. Such recyclable technology does exist, but due to the commercial viability, it is limited. Although, recycling solutions are emerging and continue to be improved for gaining value from end-of-life composite materials, contributing to a circular economy.
At present, it is actually more economically and environmentally viable to use ‘waste to energy’ schemes for disposal and the end-of-life of our products as they have a high calorific value. To facilitate waste management and reduce your environmental footprint, we offer a list of the 25 biggest waste-to-energy companies with their operational locations. If you need more information on products to support waste-to-energy, feel free to contact us.
What is Energy Recovery?
Waste-to-energy technology is one of the most robust and effective alternative energy options to reduce CO2 emissions and save limited fossil fuel resources used by traditional power plants.
Waste-to-energy (WTE) recovery is the conversion of waste materials into useable heat, electricity, or fuel through a variety of processes, including combustion, gasification, pyrolization, anaerobic digestion, and landfill gas (LFG) recovery.
By this conversion to heat and electricity generating a renewable energy source, WTE helps to reduce both methane emissions (a potent greenhouse gas) from landfilling and CO2 emissions that would have been produced if the amount of energy was generated in conventional power plants. For example, in Europe, depending on the fuel you replace – gas, oil, hard coal or lignite – between 10 – 49 million tonnes of fossil fuels emitting 24 – 49 million tonnes of CO2, would have not needed to be used by conventional power plants to produce this amount of energy provided by WTE in 2015.
For more information and any other questions, you can visit the website of Confederation of European Waste-to-Energy Plants (http://www.cewep.eu/what-is-waste-to-energy/).