Southgate Global, a packaging equipment supplier, has announced achieving carbon neutrality for scopes 1 and 2, marking a key milestone towards its ongoing sustainability journey.

The company said it secured this milestone in collaboration with carbon-neutral not-for-profit organisation One Carbon World.

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Southgate’s latest achievement signifies that the company has successfully implemented all the changes necessary for reducing both direct and indirect emissions.

Direct emissions come from the company’s owned or controlled sources while indirect emissions are related to the purchase and use of power consumed for various business operations.

Southgate, which is an Ecovadis-accredited enterprise, is currently working on introducing more sustainable products as part of its Pacplus packaging consumables and Optimax packaging equipment brands.

The company has launched 100% biodegradable water-activated tape and lower energy WAP tape dispensers, as well as self-adhesive kraft paper tapes and masking tapes that are made using natural wood pulp.

It has also installed an RSW6 robotic pallet wrapping machine, capable of minimising film usage by up to 75%.

It is currently working to develop a fully recyclable cardboard strap.

Southgate Global Compliance head Gavin Gill said: “These are just a few examples of our work in getting more sustainability into the world of packaging equipment, consumables and servicing as we now focus even harder on our products and services on the road to achieving carbon neutrality for scope 3 and beyond.

“With the help of the Carbon Trust and One Carbon World, our overarching objective is to attain net-zero carbon emissions by 2040.

“This strategic focus underscores our commitment to addressing a comprehensive range of emissions and contributing to a sustainable future.”

Southgate works across various sectors, including general manufacturing, e-commerce, retail, and post. It claims to help more than 1,000 customers, enabling them to adhere to the UK and EU’s green packaging laws.

In September 2019, Southgate acquired UK-based packaging equipment supplier Packaging Aids.