Successful verification of CEMARS™ certification

CEMARSCarbon reduction

Celtic Recycling has received verification of renewal of the company’s CEMARS (Certified Emissions Measurement And Reduction Scheme) certification, demonstrating commitment to the principles of environmental sustainability.

The company initially achieved certification in July 2012 following a successful independent audit and verification process undertaken by Achilles. CEMARS is approved by the Environment Agency as a fully creditable Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Measurement Scheme to ISO 14064-1:2006 specifications

 It can also be used to comply with emissions reporting through the UK Government’s Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) and Energy Efficiency Scheme and is also designed to avoid duplication of GHG inventory reporting to other schemes.
Covering all six internationally recognised greenhouse gas emissions (carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxides, per fluorocarbons, hydro fluorocarbons and sulphur hexafluoride), CEMARS is a comprehensive standard which requires all Scope 1, 2 and 3 GHG emissions to be accurately monitored and reported.

The scheme is designed, and ideally suited, to capture all of Celtic Recycling’s major contributions to GHG emissions. By means of an ‘e-manage’ system, based on DEFRA conversion tables, various unit measurables, such as electricity (Kwh) or diesel (litres), are converted into tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents – hence the universally recognised term ‘carbon footprint’. The aim is then to reduce these emission figures over a 5 year rolling reporting period in absolute and/or relative terms.

The company’s reduction targets are set at 2.5% per year, and fall well within the UK Government’s carbon dioxide reduction target of 80% of 1990 levels by the year 2050. Employee awareness training, together with procurement of energy efficient equipment and vehicles are providing the stimulus to ensure the company will meet or exceed its stated objectives.

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