CCL Secure further reduces carbon emissions by 26% at UK site

At CCL Secure, we believe in the importance of increasing the sustainability of our processes as well as our products, to ensure we leave a cleaner and greener planet for future generations.

Since 2018, CCL Secure has achieved a 26% reduction in carbon emissions per tonne of product at our Wigton site in England. With the support of sustainability consultants Verco, we have reduced our manufacturing emissions across all three greenhouse gas scopes, without the inclusion of carbon offsets and market based instruments.

“We recognise we must play our part in increasing the sustainability of our operations, alongside our products. This is why our environmental, social and governance (ESG) commitment is at the heart of everything we do,” says Gary Frizell, Engineering and Sustainability Manager at CCL Secure.

Reducing scope 1 and 2 emissions

After developing a baseline of the organisation’s on-site energy consumption and emissions, CCL Secure’s Wigton engineering team implemented a rigorous aM&T (automatic monitoring and targeting) system to maximise efficiency through the reduction of baseload energy.

To date, steam, gas and electricity usage have been reduced through smart scheduling. Optimising the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) as well as lighting on-site, have also been key in further reducing emissions.

To tackle remaining scope 1 and 2 emissions, we are continuing to look beyond energy efficiency to process innovations, for low carbon heat and electricity generation.

Tackling big ‘hitting’ interventions

Focusing on the embodied carbon of our raw materials has also aided internal discussions on how to significantly reduce the impact of our existing supply chain. We have invested in the in-house manufacturing of previously sourced raw materials, which has eliminated a large portion of existing transportation emissions and packaging.

Scope 3 emissions represented over 65% of CCL Secure’s Wigton plant environmental impact in 2018. Now, we are proud to have achieved the following environmental targets:

  • The reduction of incoming goods transport emissions by 90% (with no incoming air transport in 2021)
  • Zero waste to landfill on track to be achieved by the end of 2022.

Advice for the sustainability journey

“For manufacturing organisations, it’s fundamental to collaborate with suppliers, employees and internal stakeholders to improve operational outputs,” Mr. Frizell explains.

“Analysis of an organisation’s baseline carbon emissions and energy consumption is the first step on the road to increased efficiency and sustainability. Becoming environmentally sustainable is a journey; while there might be many roadblocks, giving up is not an option.”

Our commitment to improve our supply chain does not stop at emissions’ reduction. We also actively work to ensure the compliance of partners and suppliers to our code of conduct and are proactive in providing diversity, equality and ethical trading.


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