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Sustainable Luxury: A Case Study

How GPA Global is empowering their manufacturing sites to measure and manage their carbon footprint


June 24, 2019

GPA Global, a company that specializes in custom product presentation centered on bespoke packaging and displays, has been committed to sustainability since its formation. Through initiatives such as supporting community horticulture projects and sourcing environmentally preferred materials in their products, sustainability has always been part of the way GPA does business. To take their efforts to the next level, GPA recently launched an initiative to measure the carbon footprint of their manufacturing sites and provide recommendations on how the footprint can be reduced.

The initiative was piloted in 2018, with the calculation of the carbon footprint of a single factory in Shenzhen, China. The pilot was launched by UL’s Environment and Sustainability division, providing support from activity coordination, data collection and carbon footprint calculation. The outcome of the pilot was a robust carbon footprint report and capability development across all participants.

Using the learnings from the 2018 pilot, GPA significantly expanded the carbon footprint program in 2019 to include 10 manufacturing sites across Greater China. Furthermore, GPA continues to work with UL to equip teams at each manufacturing site with an understanding of, and processes for carbon management, through a purpose-built online tool that enables efficient capability development, data collection and emissions calculation. GPA and UL have taken this more holistic approach to support the adoption of carbon management as part of business-as-usual, rather than as a one-off annual task.

With an eye towards the future, GPA will explore whether the approach they have taken for carbon can be replicated across other environmental dimensions such as waste and water management and product recyclability.

Robin Argyrou, Operations Director at GPA Global said, “Simply asking our manufacturing sites to report their carbon footprint would have generated uncertain results. From day one, we have taken the approach of empowering our manufacturers to accurately measure and effectively manage their footprint. This way the teams involved internalize the benefits of carbon management”.

Alberto Uggetti, vice president and general manager for UL’s Environment & Sustainability division said, “Measuring and managing carbon is a business necessity. However, to do so effectively requires cultural change, skills development and efficient tools. We are delighted to have supported GPA Global in the development of these attributes and are excited to see what they achieve in 2019 and beyond.”

UL’s purpose-built online tool handles the entire carbon management journey. From initial e-learning about carbon management through guided data collection, to the generation of a PDF carbon footprint report that is verification ready, UL’s intuitive software will make the entire process simple, fast and accessible.To learn more about UL’s carbon software tool, email us today.