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CJS is using the online Carbon Calculator launched by The Timber Packaging and Palleting Confederation, (TIMCON) to revolutionise the way its clients can calculate and estimate the carbon intensity of their pallets.

In association with the Swedish Forest Industries Federation (SFIF), TIMCON launched the carbon calculator on its new website which also enables non-members to access the carbon fact sheets and reports, detailing information about negative carbon intensity and the benefits of timber as a reusable and recyclable source.

Mark Sheeran, managing director of CJ Sheeran, welcomes this solution. “Companies are keen to reduce their carbon footprint across a range of areas. The online report commissioned by SFIF and TIMCON states that whilst a tree is growing, CO2 is absorbed from the atmosphere and stored as carbon in the tree, meaning that wood has a negative carbon intensity. CO2 emissions associated with the harvesting, transportation and manufacturing of wood are heavily outweighed by the amount of carbon that timber stores.

“As a uniquely sustainable material, wood can be recycled or burned for energy recovery, which can have the added benefit of displacing fossil fuels that may otherwise have been used,” he says.

The report goes on to detail that other materials such as metal and plastic all require significant energy for the extraction of raw materials and manufacturing and as a result have a positive carbon footprint. Wood has a negative carbon footprint due to the CO2 fixed by the original living tree. When the carbon footprints of both wood and non-wood products are compared, wood products are shown to significantly save greenhouse emissions.

“The carbon calculator is proving to be a valuable tool in today’s market for our customers,” continues Sheeran. “As part of the overall compliance and carbon reduction, companies need to be able to counter balance their negative carbon results. Using wood has always been seen as positive, now we can actually measure those benefits.”

The calculator template has already been recognised and commended by some FEFPEB members, with European versions currently being developed. Furthermore, following increasing interest, SFIF and TIMCON are presenting the concept to trans-Atlantic counterparts.

TIMCON President John Dye comments, “We have been delighted with the response to the carbon calculator. Based on long-term research, SFIF initiated and financed the development of a carbon calculator for the pallet industry. The work was carried out as a joint project with TIMCON. We would like to thank the Swedish Forest Industries Federation for their partnership and commitment to the concept and research. With the ever increasing focus on sustainability, and more and more companies assessing the carbon footprint of their organisations, the calculator has proved an invaluable tool for our members. It really is crucial that the repairable, recyclable, and reusable qualities of wood are detailed and understood. In terms of health, safety, economic and environmental benefits wood is still the clear, preferred leader.”
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