Denmaur Independent Papers has said it is the first national paper and board merchant in the UK to have a science-based target validated by the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi).
Denmaur now appears on the SBTi website with a 2030 near-term declaration to reduce its Scope 1 and 2 emissions (emissions from fuels, vehicles and purchased electricity) in line with the 1.5°C pathway set out in the 2015 Paris Agreement. The company is also required to update and publish its progress towards this target each year.
Denmaur’s near-term reduction target of 46% by 2030 is based on its 2019 footprint and also includes the 2019 carbon footprint of its Bescot operation, which was acquired from Middleton Paper in 2022.
Marketing and Sustainability Director Danny Doogan said: “With our near-term target now proudly validated, we are beginning to plan our net zero target, which will concentrate on our Scope 3 emissions. These emissions, which will be much more challenging to reduce, are also relevant to the activities of our customers, such as product manufacture and upstream deliveries.”
Denmaur worked with carbon specialists Nero Carbon to measure its emissions in line with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol and ISO14064-1 standards. It will continue to work with Nero on submitting its long-term net zero target with the SBTi by September of this year.
Doogan added: “We have a few more steps to complete our Scope 3 emissions measurement and reduction strategy. However, as the business currently stands, we intend to commit to achieving net zero by 2040, well ahead of the 2050 global deadline. In the meantime, we intend to share our experience with customers and suppliers and assist with carbon measurements and opportunities to meet reduction targets.”