IPL works across a wealth of sectors including food, consumer, agricultural, logistics and environmental, manufacturing products such as wheelie bins, returnable transit boxes, paint containers and consumer packaging solutions.
It has a strong focus on circularity and sustainability. Half of the plastic it uses in the UK is recycled - more than 25,000 tonnes in 2021- and the ambition is to increase this in coming years as it accelerates its journey to lower carbon products in the marketplace.
But to understand its global carbon footprint and what changes and potential investments were needed at each of its manufacturing facilities across America, China and Europe, IPL wanted to create an auditable mechanism for capturing scope 1, 2 and 3 carbon emissions.
Conor Wall, Global Head of Sustainability at IPL Global, said: “To address climate change risks and opportunities we needed to understand the flow of carbon coming in and out of the organisation to establish the baseline for our plants. Once we had real data then we could make decisions.
“Off the shelf solutions weren’t smart enough or flexible enough to capture everything we wanted to understand and achieve for the future of the organisation, which is growing considerably.
“We needed to develop a global GHG emissions tracking tool. This tool initially had to focus on Scope 1 and Scope 2 emission sources, but with additional capabilities to track all GHGs across our value chain.
“We began talking to Ameresco, and the partnership has been a game changer for the business.”