Study validates sustainability benefits of CHEP pallet pool
by | April 14, 2010
CHEP, a leader in pallet and container pooling, released a study April 1 that it
says validates the company's ongoing commitment to environmental
stewardship and confirms the sustainability credentials of its equipment
In coordination with the release of the report, CHEP launched a new web site
-- www.chep.com/knowthefacts.com -- to help companies better
understand how the use of CHEP pallets reduces their carbon footprint.
The 2009 life cycle inventory analysis demonstrates how the CHEP system
creates significantly less solid waste, requires less total energy and reduces
more greenhouse gas emissions than other common shipping platform
solutions, including pooled plastic pallets and limited-use white wood pallets.
The report was produced by Franklin Associates, a leading consultancy
specializing in life cycle inventory analysis and solid waste management. It
was peer reviewed by an academic expert in the area of life cycle inventory
According to the study, the CHEP system generates 48 percent less solid
waste, consumes 23 percent less total energy and generates 14 percent less
greenhouse gas than pooled plastic pallets. Compared with limited-use white
wood pallets, the CHEP system generates 50 percent less solid waste,
consumes 19 percent less total energy and generates 5 percent less
Jim Ritchie, CHEP Americas Group president, said in an April 1 press release,
"The entire CHEP business model was founded on the principles of reuse and
recycling more than 50 years ago. We continue to place a heavy emphasis on
being a responsible corporate citizen and business partner. We are pleased
with the independent third-party validation that our business is effectively
managing resources and that the report from Franklin Associates confirms
the positive impact CHEP's customers continue to make on the environment.
CHEP is committed to proper stewardship of all natural resources, and this
study proves our efforts continue to reap positive results for users
throughout the supply chain."
CHEP USA has been using the life cycle inventory analysis methodology to
quantify and reduce the environmental footprint of its products and services
since 1999. The firm uses life cycle inventory data to identify and prioritize
continuous-improvement initiatives across the organization and in the
evaluation and design of new product and service offerings.
The unique feature of life cycle inventory analysis is its focus on the entire life
cycle of a product, from raw material acquisition to final disposition, rather
than on a single manufacturing step, process or environmental emission. It
quantifies resource use, energy consumption and environmental emissions to
the air, water and land for a given product system, using a comprehensive
and standardized methodology outlined by ISO14000 (section 14040), an
international environmental management standard.
The 2009 life cycle inventory analysis examines CHEP pooled wooden block
pallets, pooled plastic pallets and non-pooled, limited-use white wood
The life cycle effects evaluated for each pallet system are extraction,
processing and transportation of raw materials; platform processing and
manufacturing; transportation of the platform to the customer; use of the
platform by the customer (including transportation cycles); and recovery,
reuse, recycling or disposal of each platform at the end of its useful life.
After Franklin Associates conducted the life cycle inventory analysis, David
Allen, director of the Center for Energy & Environmental Resources at the
University of Texas, performed a peer review to further analyze and validate
the methodology, assumptions and conclusions.
Dr. Allen has an extensive record of participation on national advisory boards
and councils, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Science
Candice Herndon, director of environment and regulatory affairs for CHEP
USA, said in the press release, "CHEP's pallet pooling system helps to
maximize the inherent benefits of wood, a renewable, biodegradable, 100
percent recyclable and repairable material. Since CHEP maintains ownership
of the pallet at all times in the supply chain, greater accountability and
opportunity for control exists throughout the life cycle of the pallet."
CHEP has earned the respect of industry groups, leading media outlets and
government bodies for its work in the area of environmental sustainability.
The company was named one of Inbound Logistics magazine's 25 Green
Supply Chain Partners and received the Supply & Demand Chain Executive
Green Supply Chain Award.
Its new KnowTheFacts web site helps users determine sustainability progress
and features applications that enable manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers
and other supply-chain participants to calculate the environmental benefits
of their use of the CHEP program.
The new web site provides users with tools to depict graphically the
reductions in solid waste, energy use and greenhouse gas emissions
compared with other shipping platform systems.