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Carbon neutral

Environmental and sustainability

Both individuals and companies are mindful of their day to day impact on the environment and the need to do more to protect and enhance the planet that they live in.

Here at Standard Brands we are sensitive to our environmental impact and we continuously take initiatives both large and small to improve it.

Since the company formed in 1936 there has always been an inherent responsibility for the surrounding area where our factory is located and where many of our employees live. In 2008 we successfully launched our Sustainability Initiative and have made significant changes to the way that we operate as a business and as a production facility.

The raw material waste generated from the products we manufacture is fully reclaimed back into process and our control procedures ensure that our liquid discharges are compliant with licence agreements and relevant legislation. Our firelighter packaging is 100% recyclable and we have a natural range of products made from wood and wax using FSC® Certified Wood.

Zip working towards carbon neutral

We completed a Carbon Footprint study of our factory in 2020.  This study saw an overall reduction of over 30% GHG emissions from 2010 to 2019.  The majority of our emissions are directly related to production- based on this we have developed a 5 year plan.  Some of the main areas of the plan are summarised in the following 3 blocks:

  • We will continue and build on the projects in place and see how these can be improved. (Click here to learn more)
  • Engage with suppliers- work with our suppliers to reduce emissions at source & ensure our suppliers values and Standard Brands / SHS values are aligned.
  • Once reductions have been made, we are then left with an element of emissions that cannot be avoided or reduced.  In order to combat this we aim to off-set a % of emissions each year and have partnered with a Carbon off-setting company from 2021 to achieve this.
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Zip sustainability projects in action

The carbon offset projects we have selected are categorised as Community Projects. Each project is part of a verified carbon reduction scheme, meaning we can confidently report our emissions are being offset.

 

DARFUR COOKSTOVE

Fuel Efficient Stoves For North Darfur Women

 

The project replaces 3 stone fires with fuel efficient stoves (EzyStove®) facilitating 40% in wood savings.

 

 

The stove also reduces smoke particles that are harmful to the eyes and lungs by 70% as well as promotes other socio-economic benefits such as:

 

Reducing poverty
Good health & well-being
Gender Equality
Climate Action
Creates work & economic growth

 

Gold Standard & WFP

 

INDONESIA GEOTHERMAL

Gunung Salak Geothermal Energy

 

Geothermal power plants use steam produced from reservoirs of hot water found a couple of miles or more below the Earth’s surface, instead of having to use fossil fuels. The steam rotates a turbine that activates a generator, which produces electricity. It is a natural and sustainable source of energy.

 

 

There are over 150 active volcanoes in Indonesia, giving the nation a huge potential for geothermal energy production. This project involves an capacity upgrade of three turbines at an existing geothermal power plant. The project creates social benefits in addition to the emissions reductions.

 

Affordable & clean energy,
Creates work & economic growth,
Supports industry, innovation & infrastructure,
Climate action.

 

Verified Carbon Standard

ADPML PORTAL-PARÁ REDD PROJECT

Helping To Reduce Deforestation In The Amazonian Rainforest, Brazil

 

The world’s rainforests are being destroyed at an increasingly rapid rate- an area the size of a football pitch disappears every second – that’s over 58 million square miles of forest lost every year.

 

 

Deforestation is the number one cause of species extinction globally, and the second leading cause of CO2 emissions. By shifting economics to ensure that trees are worth more alive than dead, we are helping communities protect their forests for the long-term benefit of us all.

Protecting the rights of Amazonian people
The project is working to provide legal land-use permits that will result in official land titles for those villages that actively participate in forest protection.

Supporting Economic Development
Provide funding to start small sustainable businesses and develop agroforestry techniques.

Making a Stand against Climate Change
Project aim is to prevent over 10 million tonnes of harmful CO2 entering the atmosphere over the 40- year lifetime of the project.

 

Decent work and economic growth,
Climate action,
Life on land.

 

Verified Carbon Standard

 

FUTURE PROJECTS

The projects initially developed to reduce our environmental impact along with the completion of our Carbon Footprint study has shown a wide range of savings and afforded us the insight to our processes to further develop our Environmental & Sustainability plan for the future.  The plan is currently made up of over 20 initiatives from capturing major changes which can significantly reduce our Carbon footprint, right down to small cultural changes which can be part of each employees agenda. This plan is a work in progress and each year we hope to add to it and revisit areas which may not have been possible in the past (for example- electric company cars).  By including all aspects of the business in this plan, we will have a combined site and marketing strategy going forward.

Standard Brands is passionate about our Sustainability Initiatives and have set stringent targets to ensure these are at the heart of every agenda for the future.  From 2020 we aim to reduce emissions by 15% each year which means by 2022 we will have reduced our emissions by approx. 60% since 2010.

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Setting the standards with Zip

Safe disposal

Zip are at the forefront of safe disposal.

Producing a high quality products is important to us. We work with a number of third party companies to ensure that our product meet all the highest safety and environmental guidelines. In addition to this where possible we source natural and renewable materials for our products and packaging. To communicate this to our customers we have created logo’s which we put onto our artwork.

Zero deforestation

Products that ensure zero deforestation.

As part of our commitment to the planet we have developed a line of products made from 100% natural and renewable sources such as; coppice willow, Bamboo and Coconut. Keep an eye out for this logo displayed on our packs. Where possible we ensure our packaging is 100% recyclable and made from recycled material.

Compostable ash

Compostable ash for easy disposal.

Look out for this logo on packs where the ash that is left after burning our products is 100% compostable. Composting promotes healthy plants; and it reduces the use of pesticides, fungicides and fertilizers. Composting also helps the environment in a number of less obvious ways. Fertilizers, a major source of water pollution, bind to compost in soil, preventing them from leaching into groundwater or waterways. Some of the micro-organisms in compost can also bind heavy metals in soil, again keeping them from leaching into water. Other micro-organisms can actually break down some pollutants into less toxic chemicals. Compost is now frequently used to help remediate (or decontaminate) polluted sites.

Ready to burn

Ready to burn.

Woodsure Ltd is the DEFRA appointed Certification Body to administer the Ready to Burn Scheme as recognised in The Air Quality (Domestic Solid Fuels Standards) (England) Regulations 2020. 

  Air quality and wood fuel has become a hot topic and stove owners are being asked to think about the impact of burning poor quality firewood has on the environment. A stove is only as good as the wood it burns and so the Ready to Burn stamp of approval will reassure those who purchase firewood/briquettes with its logo that they are dry enough and immediately ready to burn. 

Ensuring our Standards are the highest.

All our products meet the relevant licence agreements and legislation.

Certified Site

The site implemented ISO 9001 Quality Standard in 2005, ISO 14001 Environmental Standard in 2008, OHSAS 18001 Occupational Health & Safety Standard in 2009- migrating to ISO 45001 in 2019, FSC™ in 2011, and BRC for Consumer products in 2015 along with various customer standards.  Each of these certifications and standards form an integral part of the business and management system and are used as a benchmark to demonstrate our ability to consistently meet customer and regulatory requirements along with providing the platform for continual improvement.

Certified FSC

FSC

Add text here: FSC forest management certification confirms that the forest is being managed in a way that preserves biological diversity and benefits the lives of local people and workers, while ensuring it sustains economic viability. Our firelighter packaging is 100% recyclable and we have a natural range of products made from wood and wax using FSC® Certified Wood.

Recycling

Recycling

The Green Dot does not necessarily mean that the packaging is recyclable, will be recycled or has been recycled. It is a symbol used on packaging in some European countries and signifies that the producer has made a financial contribution towards the recovery and recycling of packaging in Europe.

HETAS approved retailer

HETAS

HETAS is the official body for testing and approval of appliances and publishes lists of approved appliances, fuels and equipment to help consumers, installers, retailers, designers & specifiers in choosing an installation & system to suit your needs whilst complying with the relevant building regulations and safety standards

Zip - Responsible Grilling

Responsible Grilling

It is important to grill responsibly always do you due diligence before lighting the barbecue Safety, Location and Care. Click here to learn more.

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Powering our sustainability

 

 

 

An ongoing project which was initially developed in 2018 saw a potential saving of 5 million litres over 5 years.  This was achieved by altering our manufacturing in line cleaning processes whilst ensuring sufficient cleaning was maintained.  By the end of 2020 Standard Brands saved over 4 million litres and are on track to surpass the target initially set.

 

A number of improvements to our manufacturing processes such as the installation of energy efficient lights and equipment has seen a significant reduction in carbon emissions whilst ensuring the long term reductions can be achieved and sustained.

 

Product Waste / Hazardous Waste:

The waste generated from the products we manufacture is fully recycled back into production and our control procedures ensure that our liquid discharges are compliant with licence agreements and relevant legislation. Our firelighter packaging is 100% recyclable and we have a natural range of products made from wood and wax with FSC® Certified Wood (FSC-C107333).

General Waste:

A number of projects have been developed over the past few years to reduce generated waste.  This was further progressed by changing waste contractor in 2020- all waste will now be used for energy re-consumption.  Meaning Zero waste to Landfill.

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Natural products to meet consumer needs

 

Sustained Coconut fuel development

 

Why is using coconut shell better than wood? Coconuts are a renewable resource a healthy tree can produce a minimum of a hundred nuts a year for 60 – 80 years. The coconut shell is a by-product of commercial coconut meat / water production and would otherwise be wasted. No need to cut down any trees. The natural material keeps food safe from wisps of burning petroleum or other potentially harmful substances, and the shells’ tough texture helps them burn hotter and longer than regular briquettes. The ash can also be used as a natural fertiliser to avoid messy clean up. This means you can grill without guilt.

 

A day in the life of our coconuts

 

The life of our coconuts

 

Bamboo fuels – a natural alternative

TBC

Short Rotation Coppice Willow

Short Rotation Coppice Willow Crop is a renewable source of energy also known as Short Rotation Coppicing, often abbreviated to SRC . How does it work? Willow “whips” – long, thin cuttings taken when the trees are dormant, during winter and are planted in the spring, in long rows to make harvesting easier. Apart from needing the ground around them to be weeded to keep down competition until they become established, willows are a fairly undemanding crop. After harvesting, the trees once again begin growing from the root which remains in the soil, providing a new energy crop every three or four years, for around 30 years or more of useful life.

 

Why ‘Short Rotation Coppliced’ Willow?

 

  • Produces large qty’s of renewable ‘green’ energy without harming the environment
  • Contributes to sustainable development in rural communities
  • Perfect for generating both heat and electricity
  • Energy crops such as willow are generally high yielding and carbon neutral
  • Integrate with existing landscapes & ecosystems*
  • Future proofing – can contribute significantly to a net zero carbon future for Ireland

 

Coppiced willow rotation

 

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